Metatron Prize

for Rising Authors

"The Finalists"











With Guest Judges:

CAConrad & Anne Boyer



1st place: $500, publishing contract, Metatron book bundle
2nd place: $200, Metatron book bundle

3rd place: Metatron book bundle




The winning manuscript of this year’s Metatron Prize will be awarded $500, a contract to be published with Metatron, a Metatron book bundle, and book blurbs from CAConrad and Anne Boyer, our guest judges for this edition of The Metatron Prize. We've also added second and third place prizes this year 🙂 In addition, all eight (8) finalists will receive a feature on our website throughout the months of February and March. Click on the authors names above to read a book excerpt and interview with them! Our winners will be announced in the Spring of 2019.


The Metatron Prize was founded in 2015 and has contributed to three fantastic debut collections: number one earth by jasper avery, Soft Focus by Sarah Jean Grimm and Pony Castle by Sofia Banzhaf.







CAConrad is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays. Their latest, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books, 2017), won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry earlier this year. A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Literature, they have also received The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. They conduct workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics and is currently working on a (Soma)tic poetry ritual titled, "Resurrect Extinct Vibration," which investigates the effects that vibrational absence of recently extinct species has on the body of the poet and the poems. They teach at the Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.





Anne Boyer

Anne Boyer is an American poet and essayist, and the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and a 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction/poetry. Boyer is the author of A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women, My Common Heart, and The Romance of Happy Workers. In 2014, Boyer was diagnosed with highly-aggressive triple negative breast cancer which led to her work on the politics of care in the age of precarity. Boyer is a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute where she teaches writing, literature, and theory in the School of the Liberal Arts.







First readers:


A. Light Zachary
Ariana Molly
Ashley Obscura
Marcela Huerta
Pamela Lisa
Sennah Yee
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Sophie Marisol