Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Birdy 2021 Winner - Book Launch Event

Knowing Is a Branching Trail

by Alison Hicks

Birdy 2021 Winner!

Last March, we announced that Alison Hicks' poetry collection, Knowing Is a Branching Trail, was the 2021 Birdy Poetry Prize winner. Since then, we've been designing and editing the book, and now, it's time to celebrate its launch into the world! We look forward to seeing you there!

To help stir up the excitement for hearing Alison's poetry aloud, enjoy these two videos that showcase some of the poems featured in this book!

Remember to check out Alison's website, too, where you can find her upcoming events, other books, writing templates, and more! 

Also remember to submit to this year's 
Birdy Poetry Prize contest, open now-Dec. 1!


Video links for smartphone viewers: 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Happy Birdy Bookiversaries - A Certain Kind of Forgiveness & Valentine

September--what a month! 

Today, we celebrate the THIRD bookiversaries for our inaugural Birdy books - A Certain Kind of Forgiveness by Carol Kapaun Ratchenski (2019 Birdy winner) and Valentine by Ruth Maus (2019 finalist)! Congratulations, Carol & Ruth! We are proud to have you as part of the Meadowlark family!

What better way to celebrate both books than by having the authors read one another's poetry? Let's revisit these videos the authors made earlier this year. (= 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021


Are you ready to submit your full poetry manuscript? 
Great, because Meadowlark is ready to read it! 

The annual Birdy Poetry Prize opens TODAY for submissions.
Here are the details:

Accepting Entries: September 1 - December 1, 2021

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1,000 cash, publication by Meadowlark Books, including 50 copies of the completed book 

All entries will be considered for standard Meadowlark Books publishing contract offers, as well.  

Full-length poetry manuscripts (55 page minimum, 90+ pages preferred) will be considered. Poems may be previously published in journals and/or anthologies, but not in full-length, single-author volumes. Poets are eligible to enter, regardless of publishing history. 

Eligibility: (updated 8/9/2021)
Previous winners are NOT eligible to enter.
Previous Finalists ARE eligible to enter.

Manuscript Preparation

The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the document. 
    Manuscript should include:  
    • title of collection
    • any section or division headings, if desired
    • all poems to be included in the collection

    Click HERE to submit and to learn about previous winners.

    To kick things off, here is an excerpt of Knowing Is a Branching Trail by Alison Hicks, winner of the 2021 Birdy Poetry Prize. 

    Remember, the book launch event is SEPTEMBER 24! Register today!

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    Happy Bookiversary, Like Buddha-Calm Bird!

    Prolific Meadowlark (and other small presses) poet Kevin Rabas released this humble, deeply reflective, simply observant during his time as
    Poet Laureate of Kansas (2017-2019). 

    To help celebrate, two poems--one from the book,
    and one that inspired the title.