books of poetry exclusively, Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is an independent, literary press located
in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwest Virginia.
POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST
May 1 - July 15
15 pages of poetry or less
Special Note: Please refer
to this 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.
See SUBMIT for further details.
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