Mara Adamitz Scrupe’s poetry collection entitled “& Bless” has been named semi-finalist in the CSU Poetry Center’s prestigious Open Book Poetry Competition held annually by Cleveland State University.

Scrupe’s poem “Sunflower Encolpion” has been named 6th place winner in The 2017 Welsh International Poetry Competition; her poem was selected by judge Kathy Miles from over 500 entries submitted by writers from all over the world.

Award-winning Eyewear Press (London, UK) has selected Adamitz Scrupe’s manuscript entitled “Magnalia” as a winner in its Lorgnette Series Chapbook Competition. The published book will comprise around 35 pages of new poems addressing the interplay between human societies, the natural environment, and spirituality. Magnalia will be released in November 2017.

Mara’s poem “Hard Insulation” is featured in UK literary journal Bare Fiction, Issue 9:…/bare-fiction-magazin… . Two of her poems were recently short listed for the prestigious Fish International Poetry Award (Ireland):…/23/poetry-short-and-long-li…. and she was named a finalist in the Bellingham Review Literary Contests:…/announcing-winners-bellingham-review…/

Mara Adamitz Scrupe has been named a finalist for the prestigious Erbacce Prize for poetry. Thirty-two finalists were chosen from over 7200 international entries. In the next several weeks seven winners will be announced, of these three will have their full poetry collections published by Erbacce Press, Liverpool, UK.

Bare Fiction (UK), a journal of poetry, fiction and theatre, has just released Issue 9 featuring one of Scrupe’s new poems entitled “Hard Insulation”.

Mara has been awarded the BigCi 2017 Environmental Prize: this coming summer she’ll spend four weeks in Australia at the Wollemi National Park – an UNESCO World Heritage Site – researching, writing poems, & working on new artist books. For more information about BigCi and Adamitz Scrupe’s project visit

Scrupe was named a finalist in Narrative Magazine’s Eighth Annual Editor’s Poetry Prize. To read her poems ‘Prester John’s Book Of Stars’ and ‘Wanderer’:

Mara Adamitz Scrupe’s poem “Jesus by July” has been short listed in the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize competition. The short list comprises five poems, three place getters and two runners up. The short list was announced on the Five Islands Press website on Tuesday 31 January 2017. The winning, second and third placed poems will be announced at the prize ceremony at Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, 3 March 2017.

In the past few months Scrupe’s poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Comstock Review, Off The Coast, Narrative Magazine, Ruminate, Crosswinds Review, Kalyna Language Press, Crab Creek Review Sentinel Quarterly Literary Review (UK), and the Stony Thursday Book (Limerick, Ireland). She has won or named finalist for international awards including Periplum Book Award (Plymouth University, UK), Sentinel Quarterly Book Award (London, UK), Stiwdio Maelor Poetry Prize (Wales), Cornwall Poetry Festival Competition, Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (UK), and the Canterbury Poetry Festival University of Kent Prize/ Poet of the Year Award.