2019 Poetry Open Reading Period Selections Announced

Sundress Publications is thrilled to announce the results of the 2019 open reading period for full-length poetry manuscripts. The winning selections are: Anna Meister’s What Nothing and Esteban Rodriguez’s The Valley. Each is slated for publication in 2021.

Anna Meister is the author of two chapbooks, most recently As if (Glass Poetry Press, 2018). She earned an MFA in poetry from New York University, where she served as a Goldwater Writing Fellow. Meister’s poems have appeared in BOAAT, The Adroit Journal, Kenyon Review, The Shallow Ends, & elsewhere. She lives in Des Moines, IA with her wife & son.

Esteban Rodríguez is the author of the collections Dusk & Dust (Hub City Press 2019), Crash Course (Saddle Road Press 2019), In Bloom (SFASU Press 2020), and (Dis)placement (Skull + Wind Press 2020). His poetry has appeared in Boulevard, The Rumpus, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He is the Interviews Editor for the EcoTheo Review, an Assistant Poetry Editor for AGNI, and a regular reviews contributor for PANK and Heavy Feather Review. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas. 

Congratulations also to this year’s finalists and semifinalists.


Linda Dove, Coin
Melissa Helton, Out, and Out Again 
Emily Mercurio, Slime Child 
Alison Palmer, The Alarmist 
Michelle Reed, The Body Left Behind 
Valorie Ruiz, In Stories We Thunder 
Katie Schmid, Eat the Dream


Quintin Collins, The Dandelion Speaks of Survival 
Brandi George, The Nameless 
Gail Goepfert, Self-Portrait as Thorns 
Paula Harris, A Thousand Deliciously Ill-Advised Ways to Shorten Your Life 
Heather Hughes, Like Bodies Inventing Ghosts 
Rae Hoffman Jager, American Bitch 
Becca J.R. Lachman, What I say to this house 
Jean Prokott, Our Problems are the Same Size as Us 
Brooke Sahni, Before I Had the Word 
Sara Sams, Atom City 
Kimberly Ann Southwick, Orchid Alpha 
Elizabeth Theroit, Haruspex 
Tony Trigilio, Self-Portrait in the Glare of Motion Detector Lights
Emily Troia, Mental Coordinates

A 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is an entirely volunteer-run press that publishes chapbooks and full-length collections in both print and digital formats, and hosts numerous literary journals, an online reading series, and the Best of the Net Anthology.

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