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Nebraska Presence Selected as One Book One Nebraska 2018

Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of PoetryNebraska Center for the Book has selected our Anthology, Nebraska Presence, as the 2018 One Book One Nebraska.

The One Book One Nebraska reading program is entering its thirteenth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected this book from a list of twenty-seven titles nominated by Nebraskans from across the state.

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Other News

Backwaters Prize 2018 submission period is April 1 – May 31

For more information about the prize, this year’s judge an past winners, visit the Prize page.

Backwaters Prize Winner for 2017!

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It took us 20 years, but we are happy to announce our anthology, Watching the Perseids.

Watching the Perseids: The Backwaters Press Twentieth Anniversary Anthology

Editors: Michael Catherwood, Cat Dixon
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-935218-44-9
Published: February 1, 2017

Buy This Book: Amazon

Watching the Perseids: The Backwaters Press Twentieth Anniversary Anthology features poems from BWP’s authors from the past 20 years. This anthology commemorates The Backwaters Press’s 20 years as a nonprofit literary publisher located in Omaha, Nebraska. Virtually every poet published by the press in its first two decades is represented here with two new, previously unpublished poems selected specifically for this volume.

 2017 Backwaters Prize

We have announced the winner of the 2017 Backwaters Prize. The submission period for the 2018 prize is April 1 – May 31.

Other News

For qualified undergraduates, we’d like to announce our new internship program.

We have just published the 2015 Backwaters Prize winning manuscript DRONE, by Kim Garcia.

 About the Press

We are an independent, non-profit press based in Nebraska. We have published numerous award-winning titles, including the anthology Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace (2003), which received two Nebraska book awards, and Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry, which won a Nebraska Book Award for a poetry anthology. Several poets published by the press have had poems from their books read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. In 2011, The Backwaters Press won the Nebraska Center for the Book‘s Jane Geske Award, for its exceptional contribution to the Nebraska literary community.

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