The Colrain

Poetry Manuscript


Focused entirely on book-length & chapbook-length poetry manuscripts

Upcoming Conference


Stephen Motika

Publisher & Director,
Nightboat Books


Ellen Dore Watson

Poet & Editor & Translator

Despite all the MFA programs, writing conferences, workshops, and retreats in existence, there is no other program or conference dedicated exclusively to delivering knowledge on the poetry manuscript editorial process.

Our unique, realistic method of manuscript evaluation sets poets with a manuscript-in-progress on a path toward publication. Poets also get a look into the publication world and make important contacts with leading editors, teachers, and publishers.


So far, Colrain manuscripts have won these awards:

Akron Poetry Prize from University of Akron Press
Beatrice Hawley Prize from Alice James Books
Brittingham Prize
Crab Orchard Open Competition
Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation
Four Way Book Intro Prize
Levis Prize from Four Way Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize from Persea Books
Marsh Hawk Press Prize

May Swenson Poetry Award
Nightboat Books Poetry Prize
T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize from Truman State University
The Bakeless Prize
The New Issues Green Rose Prize
The New Issues Poetry Prize
The Perugia Press Prize
The Vassar Miller Poetry Prize
White Pine Press Poetry Prize