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. Our authors include Georganna
Millman, Jennifer Key, Cynthia Hardy, and Amy Randolph. We publish work that captures our attention, that we find strong
and beautiful, and that holds a hint of mystery. (Don't worry about whether your poems are mysterious; they may be and
you just don't see it.)
from 2013 winner Amy Randolph's
Waynesburg University press release:
“I feel blessed
and honored that my manuscript was chosen,” said Randolph. “As a poet, I consider this a strong affirmation not
only of my own writing but of the value of all poetry in a culture (our culture, specifically) in which the genre often seems
not to play a significant role in people’s lives. This is why I’m so grateful for Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
and the work they do – clearly not for profit, but out of a genuine love of poetry and a commitment to producing beautiful
2015 POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST
May 1 - July 15
15 pages of poetry
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.
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.