A publisher of books
of poetry, Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is an independent,
literary organization located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwest Virginia. Founded in 2005,
we consider unsolicited manuscripts through a biennial competition.
Note: Yes, our website has a new look. We love it and hope you do too!
The 2013 Poetry Chapbook Award
plus publication of the winning manuscript
As always, finalists are considered for publication.
Reading period: March 1-May 31, 2013
Click on Submit in the navigation bar for complete guidelines.
Please read them carefully as a few things have changed from our previous competition rules.
Note: Former winners should not submit their work; finalists of
previous competitions are welcome to submit, along with everyone else.
Contact material is removed from manuscripts prior to reading.
Please send us your very best work. We look forward to reading it!!
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