fischer prize 2017
Welcome to the 20th Annual Fischer Prize
A poetry award named for Mark and Elaine Fischer – two Colorado creatives and champions of the arts. Mark was a brilliant lawyer poet who died young, and Elaine his artist widow who went on to become Mayor of Telluride and a San Miguel County Commissioner for four terms (2000-2016). She passed away this last Memorial Day weekend.
Started in 1997, the Fischer Prize began with the Telluride Writers Guild, at the instigation of Art Goodtimes, was sustained for many years by the Telluride Council on the Arts & Humanities (which became Telluride Arts) and Elaine Fischer, and most recently was re-energized and expanded by Goodtimes and the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Program.
What started as a county $100 award for local poets, moved to a statewide focus, then a regional Southwestern target audience, followed by a Western U.S. scan and has now widened its scope – making the awards available to poets in the entire country.
This year the Fischer Prize is offering a $1000 First Prize, with $500 in travel money for the winner to attend the award presentations at the annual Telluride Literary Arts Festival in Southwestern Colorado around the third week of May. In addition, there are five $200 finalist prizes, with a $100 travel allowance each. That’s $3000 in possible cash awards available to participating poets.
This year’s judge is Chris Ransick, Colorado Book Award winner and Denver Poet Laureate emeritus chrisransick.com
RULES OF THE CONTEST
Open to any and all poets living in the United States and its Territories. Any style, any content. Three letter-size pages max per poem, with 12 pt. font size minimum. Max 10 poem submissions per poet. Previously published poems are acceptable, so long as the author retains the copyrights. Deadline for complete submissions (poems, payment and completed form) is April 22, 2017. Submission to the contest grants one-time use rights of publication of all poems on this website, in press releases, and in any future anthology of work. All other copyrights are retained by the author. Follow the rules. Incomplete submissions may be ruled ineligible, if not remedied by the contest deadline, and fees forfeited. Notifications of winners will be posted on this website in early May
Base fee is $9 per poem. Eventbrite charges a service fee on credit card payments
Discounts for multiples of three:
1 poem =$9, 2 poems =$18, 3 poems = $20
(4=$29, 5=$38, 6=$40, and so on)
TG Poetry Club members in good standing receive a special half-price discount.
Fees are non-refundable
On-line Submission Rules
On-line submission form must be completed and submitted through Eventbrite. Fee must be paid on line with a credit card. Follow this link to purchase your entry for each poem ("ticket" on Eventbrite): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fischer-prize-2017-tickets-28657349905
*All poems must be emailed to Olivia@TellurideInstitute.Org. Each poem should have poet’s name and email address on each page. Each file should be named using the first word of the poem’s title, plus the poet’s last name. Acceptable formats to send as attachments to an email are .doc, .docx or .pdf. No multiple poem files are allowed. A short biography must also be sent.
Snail-Mail Submission Rules:
Those who prefer to pay by check and submit a paper copy of their poem(s):
*This method of entry is more time consuming. Submit request early!
Email Art Goodtimes at
and ask for Fischer Prize submission packet
Or send a snailmail request with a return address to
P.O. Box 160, Norwood, CO 81423
You will receive back instructions and a form for snailmail submission. Complete submission by returning poems, payment by check, and completed form by the deadline.