Well, it's been a crazy year, and we expect 2017 will be at least as crazy. But we've got lots of things happening here at FutureCycle Press, and we'll tell you about them all soon. For now, we'd just like to congratulate our 2016 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize winner, William Page, for In This Maybe Best of All Possible Worlds. This year's judges were last year's book prize winner, Paul Hostovsky, and press editors Diane Kistner, Robert S. King, David Chorlton, Joan Colby, and Temple Cone. Normally we don't mention the other contenders, but this year we had an incredible three-way tie. Twelve books made it onto at least one of the judges' top five picks, and two other poets tied with the winner for first place: Michael Gessner, and Nancy Carol Moody. We wish we could have given all three of these fine poets the prize, but our policy is not to split it. After another round of voting, we had our winner.
At FutureCycle Press, our number-one goal is to bring well-written, well-edited poetry to the attention of as many people as possible for as long as possible. We and our authors have worked very hard on these books, and we want everyone who loves poetry to read them—even if they cannot afford to buy them. The upper-right pull-down of our events calendar (below) shows a color-coded key. Click on any event on the calendar for more information in the description. Enter our month-long Goodreads Giveaways to win paperbacks, or build your poetry library with our Free Kindle Saturdays editions. Just click on an author event and description link, then select the Kindle link from our catalog page to "buy" that title for 0.00 in the Kindle store. Then it will always be yours, and you can even loan it to other people. (Tip: Each title repeats every six months or so, so if you miss out on something you wanted, check back later.) The giveaways may float around some based on circumstances on the ground, so it's a good idea to copy events you don't want to miss to your own calendar so they will auto-update for you if rescheduled. Or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to receive timely notifications. We ask only one thing: If you discover poets whose work you really like, please help us get the word out by sharing book notices online, leaving short honest book reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, telling your friends about it—whatever!
Introduced in 2013, our Good Works projects are thematically focused anthologies of individual works. No reading fee is required, and all proceeds from sales are donated to a charitable cause. To date, FutureCycle Press has been able to donate a total of $1,447 from sales of Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, guest-edited by Joseph Hutchison and Andrea L. Watson, to the Malala Fund. In 2015, we have given Friends of the Earth $381 for Weatherings (David Chorlton and Robert S. King, eds.) and $383 to Action Against Hunger for all Kentucky Review donations and sales. Kentucky Review, a division of FutureCycle Press and one of our Good Works projects, is now closed to submissions and will cease publication at the end of 2016; the third and final print edition will be published early in 2017. Poetry publishing is hard, people, and KR has proven to be more work than we can stay on top of. We'd like to thank everyone who has been involved with making it such a stellar publication. Never fear: There will certainly be more Good Works projects in the future. Open projects will be listed in our Submission Guidelines.