About the Brigham Award: Commemorating Brigham’s work and memory, Lost Roads publishes a book of poems annually by a woman writer living away from the largest of urban centers. The winner receives publication, copies of their book, and help with promotion through readings and workshops.

Before you submit, please consider what Lost Roads has already published as the best understanding of what we will publish in the future–please read some of our books if you haven’t already.


STEP 1: Remove your name and contact info from your manuscript.

STEP 2: Title your manuscript and the “Subject” of your email like so: BB.Award.Title.of.My.Manuscript.Date (.doc or .pdf). Email with an attached manuscript of at least 50 pages of poetry. Include your name, address, contact information, and a bio in the body of the email—this is the only place contact information should appear.

STEP 3: Pay the $20 submission fee via PayPal. This will not pay salaries or readers—everyone involved with Lost Roads volunteers. Fees go directly toward publishing quality writing.

STEP 4: That’s it. We can’t wait to read what you send! Expect to hear from us in the summer of 2017.

ABOUT BESMILR BRIGHAM: Brigham (1913-2000) was an “Outsider Writer” who shirked well-trodden paths. In a lifetime spent across the Southern U.S. and Mexico she was always writing; her work appeared in Harpers and New Directions and was stored in broken refrigerators and other appliances. A selection of her work, Run Through Rock, is available in hard copy or as an ebook through Lost Roads at SPDbooks.

ELIGIBILITY: Poetic manuscripts by women (or anyone identifying as a woman) living in rural areas or away from the coasts in cities or towns with less than a million people. Women living outside the U.S. please query:

JUDGING PROCESS: This year’s guest judges are Andrea Rexilius and Eric Baus—read their bios below. Guest Judges work with Lost Roads Editor Susan Scarlata to select one winning manuscript. All manuscripts are read blind.

The Brigham Award is partially funded by the Wyoming Arts Council. 

About our 2016 Judges:

Eric Baus: Eric Baus is the author of five books of poetry: The Tranquilized Tongue, (City Lights 2014), Scared Text, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, 2009), and The To Sound, winner of the Verse Prize (Wave Books, 2004). How I Became a Hum is forthcoming from Octopus in 2016. He is also the author of several chapbooks, most recently The Rain Of The Ice (Above/Ground Press 2014). His poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Finnish. A bilingual Spanish/English edition of The Tranquilized Tongue is forthcoming from Editorial Ultramarina.

He is a graduate of the PhD program in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Denver as well as the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He teaches literature and creative writing at Regis University’s Mile High MFA program in Denver.

Andrea Rexilius: Andrea Rexilius’ publications include three books of poetry: New Organism: Essais (Letter Machine, 2014), Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012), and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011),  as well as the chapbooks,  Séance (Coconut Books, 2014), and To Be Human (Horseless Press, 2010).

Her creative and critical writing is featured in the following anthologies: Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre (U of Michigan P, 2015), Despite the Possible: Fifteen Women Poets (U of Akron P, forthcoming 2016), Emergency Index 2012 (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), Emergency Index 2013 (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), New Pony: A Horse Less Press Anthology (Horse Less Press, 2010), The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow Books, 2014), Sixty Morning Talks: Serial Interviews with Contemporary Authors (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), and Letter Machine Book of Interviews (Letter Machine Editions, 2015). An essay on the poet Laura (Riding) Jackson is archived on the Nottingham Trent University Laura (Riding) Jackson Scholarship page.

Her creative and critical work appears in the following literary journals: Academy of American Poets, Ampersand Review, Aplodthe Bakery, Bird Dog, Cab/NetCoconut, Coldfront, Colorado ReviewCourt Green, Denver Quarterly, Dritto, Eleven Eleven, Evening Will ComeEveryday Genius, Fanzine, the Feminist Wire, Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog, Horseless Press, How2, HTML Giant, the Journal Petra, JubilatListen Light, LVNG, Mary, Minor American, Octopus, OR, Play /no Play, P-Queue, Rabbit Light, ReconfigurationsRequited Journal, Something on PaperThermos, Timber, Titmouse, Two Serious Ladies, Zaum, Volt.

A member of the Poets Theater group, GASP (Girls Assembling Something Perpetual), she has performed in plays by Gertrude Stein, Leslie Scalapino, and Alice Notley. With Eric Baus, she co-edits Marcel Press (formerly PARCEL journal & Minus House).   From 2013-2014 she was the Faculty Editor of the Bombay Gin Literary Journal, from 2008-2010 she was the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly and from 2001-2002 she was the Poetry Editor of the literary magazine, Zaum.

She has worked with elementary and high school students as an arts administrator and creative writing instructor for Writers in the Schools (Denver), After School Matters (Chicago), and America Scores (Denver). From 2012-2015 she was an Assistant Professor in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she was also the Faculty Director of the Summer Writing Program, the co-founder and co-curator of the biennial [Dis]Embodied Poetics Conference, and the co-curator of the What/Where Reading Series.

She earned a B.A. in English from Sonoma State University (2002), an M.F.A. in Poetry & Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005), and a Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Denver (2010).

She currently works as a Program Coordinator and Faculty Mentor for the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University. She also teaches poetry classes at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Andrea resides in Denver with the poet Eric Baus.