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.
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
of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania is the winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press 2013 Poetry Award for her manuscript
entitled "A Particular Sorrow, A Tree."
can buy this book on our Books page.
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.
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