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 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:
BB.Award.Title.of.Manuscript.Date (.doc or .pdf). Email with your manuscript of at least 50 pages of poetry attached. 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 $25 submission fee via PayPal. This will not pay salaries or readers—everyone involved with Lost Roads volunteers their time. Fees go directly toward publishing quality writing.

STEP 4: That’s it. We can’t wait to read your work! Expect to hear from us in the spring or summer of 2019.

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 Amazon.

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: Guest Judges work with Lost Roads Editor, Susan Scarlata, to select one winning manuscript. All manuscripts are read blind. This year’s guest judges are Carolyn Hembree and Joan Kane.


Carolyn Hembree
Carolyn Hembree was born in Bristol, Tennessee. Her debut poetry collection, Skinny, came out from Kore Press in 2012. In 2016, Trio House Books published her second collection, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, selected by Neil Shepard for the 2015 Trio Award and by Stephanie Strickland for the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry Daily, and other publications. She received a 2016-2017 ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents and has also received grants and fellowships from PEN, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation. Carolyn teaches at the University of New Orleans and serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine.

Joan Naviyuk Kane
Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island (Ugiuvak) and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. Her books include The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife (2009), Hyperboreal (2013), The Straits (2015), Milk Black Carbon(2017), A Few Lines in the Manifest (2018) and Sublingual (2018). She was raised in and attended public school in Anchorage, where she currently raises her sons as a single mother. Kane graduated with honors from Harvard College, where she was a Harvard National Scholar, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of a graduate Writing Fellowship. Sublingual will be published in November 2018.

In addition to a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, she has received the John Haines Award (2004), Rasmuson Foundation Individual Awards (2007, 2016), the Whiting Writer’s Award (2009), the Connie Boochever Fellowship from the Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation (2009), a National Native Creative Development Program Award from the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center (2009), the Anchorage Museum Theatre Script Contest (2009), and was a finalist for the 2009 Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Kane received the 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, the 2013 United States Artists Foundation Creative Vision Award, the 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship, the 2014 Alaska Literary Award, and the 2016 Aninstantia Foundation Fellowship. In 2014, she was indigenous writer-in-residence at the School For Advanced Research, was Tuttle Creative Residency Fellow at Haverford College and a Fellow at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in 2016, and, in 2017, was a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellow and a judge for the awards of the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Her poems have been anthologized widely, including Best American Poetry, Hick Poetics, Read America(s), Syncretism & Survival: A Forum on Poetics, Monticello in Mind, and elsewhere, and new poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Pinwheel, Arkansas International, and Boston Review. Her essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food, The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, and 21|19: Readings in Proximity. Kane will focus her Guggenheim Fellowship year on research and writing related to the role Alaska assumed in national and world dynamics during the Cold War era, and will write toward a contemporary Inupiaq understanding of the historical prominence of the arctic in geopolitical terms, which shall be subsumed or re-contextualized in her creative work, including a poetry collection titled Dark Traffic. She taught in the low-residency MFA program in writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, beginning in January 2014.

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