2020 Poetry Contest


We are excited to announce that the winner of the 2020 Poetry Contest is Sakinah Hofler, for her poem “double dutch”, selected by Samuel Amadon. Congratulations, Sakinah!! We are excited to be publishing this wonderful poem in the next edition of Yemassee.

Sakinah Hofler is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review OnlineHayden’s Ferry ReviewMid-American Review, and elsewhere. She has won the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, and the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. A former chemical engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense and hailing from the great city of Newark, NJ, she’s currently a Ph.D. Candidate and an Albert C. Yates Fellow at the University of Cincinnati.

Find out more about Sakinah’s writing at www.sakinahhofler.com and follow her on Twitter: @blackquisition.

Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2020 Writing Prizes, including the 2020 Poetry Contest.

The author of the winning poem will receive $1,000 and will be published in Issue 27.2, Yemassee’s fall issue of 2020.

The editors will select ten finalists and pass those submissions 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.

Deadline: April 15th, 2020

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit up to three pieces of unpublished poetry. An entry fee of $15 must accompany each entry.

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 through 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  • Note that no refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified.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.

Guest Judge: Samuel Amadon

2020 Poetry Judge