The Other Futures Award is given annually to an innovative, adventurous full-length work that challenges conventions of genre and language, content and form. We are interested in writing that imagines new lived or literary possibilities, and questions established paradigms.
The winner will receive publication with Futurepoem, an honorarium of $1000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 author copies.
The Other Futures Award opens each spring for submissions; stay tuned for our 2021 reading dates. Subscribe to our email list for more info about upcoming submission opportunities, or visit our Submittable page.
Winner of the 2020 Other Futures Award
Imani Elizabeth Jackson
Imani Elizabeth Jackson is from Chicago. Her writings appear in and are forthcoming from Triple Canopy, Apogee, BOMB, Triquarterly, and elsewhere. She collaborates with S*an D. Henry-Smith as mouthfeel; their book Consider the Tongue engages histories of aquatic labor and Black food through cooking, poetry, and ephemeral practices. Imani is also a member of the Poetry Project’s 2019-2020 newsletter editorial collective and co-organizes the Chicago Art Book Fair. She lives in Providence now, where she's an MFA candidate at Brown.
Systems of domination seek to straighten land, to straighten people, to overdetermine place. In Flag, the poet imagines a river as these systems’ ruin; a river’s mouth deforming their lines and forming them anew.
Winner of the 2019 Other Futures Award
Jessica Laser grew up in Chicago. She is the author of Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides (Letter Machine Editions, 2019) and the chapbooks He That Feareth Every Grass Must Not Piss in a Meadow (paradigm press, 2016) and Assumed Knowledge and the Knowledge Assumed from Experience (Catenary Press, 2015). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is a doctoral student in English at UC Berkeley. Planet Drill will be published in 2021.
Planet Drill pierces through language, using natural slippages between words—from line to lie—to reach the central myths of speech and selfhood. Does what we say make us who we are? By what authority? Insistent on uses for language beyond the descriptive, these poems let go of the narrative of the present in order to provide access to simultaneous, conflicting truths. The driving force behind Planet Drill is a belief in poetry’s unique ability to follow the ambiguities inherent in language toward a latent, revelatory clarity—one we might reach if only we stopped straining to be clear.
Open Reading Period
Submissions to the 2021 Open Reading Period are now open! We invite a rotating panel of distinguished guest editors to read and select two new books for publication. This year's guest editors will be announced shortly.
Futurepoem welcomes unpublished, full-length manuscripts of poetry, prose, and multi-genre work that challenge and expand on the potential for poetic form, language, and process. Work by underrepresented and emerging writers is especially welcome.
Submissions for our 2021 reading period open on December 15th, 2020, and remain open until January 31, 2021. To submit and for full guidelines visit our Submittable page. Subscribe to our email list for more info about upcoming submission opportunities.
Last year, the guest editors selected Stephon Lawrence's u know how much i hate being alone in social situations// and Manuel Paul López's Nerve Curriculum for publication. Both books will be published in 2022.