Winner of This Years Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize

On behalf of Lummox Productions, the estate of Richard Mankiewicz and our judge B.J. Buckley, I extend my congratulations to JOHN B. LEE — THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S ANGELA CONSOLO MANKIEWICZ POETRY PRIZE OF $1000.00. This deceptively "simple" poem is actually an amazing and skillful tour-de-force of image, form and the music of spoken Amer-Canadian English. Although devoid of capital letters and punctuation, it is a single, beautifully phrased, complex sentence, divided by two stanza breaks into three uneven "thirds". Yet it reminded me of nothing so much as a sonnet, because it performs, much as a sonnet does, the presentation and development of an event/idea/emotion from the intimate and particular to the universal. As it unfolds from the author's memory of the death of their first dog, the writer's life as a farmer is revealed – dealing with death is a constant of that hard occupation -- and one might anticipate a stoicism in the face of that; but rather the author suffers even at the death of an old ewe (whose described ailments echo with incredible subtlety the devastation of COVID on human lungs) -- and then in a marvelous turn in the last stanza, they give us her leaping twin lambs and themself as a child, their mother young, their dog a pup again, the life-long mortal seesaw of sorrow and joy. I must also point out the seeming effortlessness of the narrative flow (which we all know is NEVER effortless), and the precise and vivid images -- the dog's death as being like a branch "broken off at the graft" --- dog and child part of one body, now severed -- the "snap string hay" the ewe's "last fleece/ tattered at her shoulder/ like the torn-away sleeve/ of a mendicant's coat". — B.J. Buckley (Contest Judge)


Poetry Contest Deadline May 31, 2021

Enter The Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Contest 2021 This year the ACM contest features a single prize of $1,000.00 (there may be some honorable mentions, but only one winner). The contest starts on April 1 and ends on May 31, 2021. 3 poems of any theme, no longer than 100 lines each. There is a $15 non-refundable fee. Submit your poems to and click here to pay the entry fee. To send a check, make it out to Lummox Productions and mail to: Lummox at 3127 E. 6th Street; Long Beach, CA 90814 USA. The winner will be announced via Email. Subscribe to the site to be notified. GOOD LUCK. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS! News Update: there'll be [...]


B.J. Buckley Bio

Lummox Press welcomes poet and educator B.J. Buckley to the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Contest. As judge she brings a wealth of experience with her, so you better send her your best! B.J. Buckley is a Montana poet and writer who has worked in Arts-in-Schools programs throughout the west for over 40 years. Her prizes and awards include a Wyoming Arts Council Literature Fellowship; The Cumberland Poetry Review's Robert Penn Warren Narrative Poetry Prize; the New York-based Poets & Writers “Writers Exchange Award” in Poetry; the Rita Dove Poetry Prize from the Center for Women Writers at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC; and the Joy Harjo Prize from CutThroat: A Journal of Arts and Literature; the Winning Writers award for formal poetry, and [...]


Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize

DEADLINE TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR 2022 The 2022 Poetry Contest Prize is $1,000. In 2013, while recuperating from the loss of a toe, I started a poetry contest that ran concurrently to the LUMMOX ANTHOLOGY. In the beginning, the prize was a chapbook (of the winner's poetry) and a small cash prize. But several years later it became the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize. I was able to increase the prize (thanks to the generosity of Angela's late-husband, R. Mankiewicz). Pay $15 Entry Fee How To enter the Angela C. Mankiewicz Poetry Contest 1. Pay the $15 fee  2. Submit your 3 poems (100 lines or less per poem) + a short bio and your email address to: The [...]



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