Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
About Us

          A publisher of books of poetry, Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is an independent, literary press located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwest Virginia.
Special Note:  Please refer to our website for all information concerning our press.  Many online entities print announcements and other things that are incorrect.  For instance, that our contest is annual; it is biennial.  Also, that our cash award is $10,000; we base our cash award on the ability of the press that year,  which most often is $1,000. 
                  2013 Poetry Chapbook Award
     Amy Randolph of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania is the winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press 2013 Poetry Award for her manuscript entitled "A Particular Sorrow, A Tree."
You can buy this book on our Books page. 
We thank everyone who submitted a manuscript to this year's competition. Thank you for your support of our press. Entries were read with great care.
          Our press is named in honor of the champion thoroughbred filly Ruffian, whose astounding beauty, unbelievable feats on the racetrack, and tragic fate, haunt us to this day.  She was magnificent, and she was golden.
Poets are channels through which the truth is told.

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press follows CLMP standards.


Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
          Beautiful Books for Beautiful Poetry         

image of Ruffian from the painting by Richard Stone Reeves