2019 Yemassee Journal Poetry Contest


Guest Judge

Virginia Konchan

Author of a poetry collection, The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and three chapbooks, Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press, 2015), Empire of Dirt (above/ground press, 2019), and The New Alphabets (Anstruther Press, 2019), Virginia Konchan’s creative and critical work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Boston Review, and elsewhere. 

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2019 Writing Prizes, including the 2019 Poetry Contest. The author of the winning poem will receive $750 and publication in Yemassee 25.2. The editors will select ten finalists and pass those poems on to the guest judge. The ten finalists will receive acknowledgment and all entries will be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Yemassee.

Timeline: Submissions open November 9, 2018 and close January 31, 2019.

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit up to three pieces of unpublished poetry. An entry fee of $17 must accompany each entry.

Discounted Subscription: Entries accompanied by $20 qualify the submitter for a one-year subscription to Yemassee. Please select the appropriate fee category.

Formatting and Other Guidelines: Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines may be disqualified at the editors’ discretion. Entries must be submitted online using Submittable; paper submissions will not be accepted. The author’s name must not appear anywhere in the submission or in the file name. We welcome multiple entries. However, each entry must be submitted separately and accompanied by an additional entry fee. While we do allow simultaneous submissions, please inform us immediately if the submission is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing in Submittable. Note that no refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified. All entries must be submitted by the deadline.

Eligibility: Current or previous Yemassee staff, close personal friends or family of the Yemassee staff, and writers who have been published in Yemassee within the past two years are ineligible for entry.

Applicants may enter here on Submittable.

Winner of the 2018 Yemassee Poetry Contest

“The Rapture” by nicole shanté

The Rapture” comes into itself at the moment dominance becomes absent. The poem pushes a thick black line into a future where those have been made marginal move center, the lines tumble as in in disbelief, and we can finally flourish. Whatever script is lost, we are made free in this poem.” — Donika Kelly, 2018 Poetry Judge