2nd Annual Yemassee Journal Chapbook Contest
Aaron Coleman is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, judged by Adrian Matejka, and his first full-length collection, Threat Come Close, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in March 2018. A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow, Aaron received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. From Metro-Detroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Chicago, St. Louis, Spain, South Africa, and Kalamazoo. Winner of the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest and The Cincinnati Review Robert and Adele Schiff Award, Aaron’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, New York Times Magazine, River Styx and elsewhere. He is currently a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in Washington University St. Louis’ Comparative Literature PhD program.
Overview: Yemassee is accepting entries for its 2017 Writing Prizes, including the 2017 Chapbook Contest. The author of the winning poetry chapbook will receive $1000 and 25 copies of their chapbook. Author input on cover art will be considered. The editors will select ten finalists and pass those submissions on to the guest judge. The ten finalists will receive acknowledgment.
Timeline: Submissions open November 15, 2017 and close January 31, 2018.
Entry Instructions: To enter, submit one chapbook with 20-26 pages of poetry (title page, dedication, etc. does not count). An entry fee of $22 must accompany each entry.
Discounted Subscription: Entries accompanied by $25 also 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 Note that no refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified.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 Inaugural Poetry Chapbook Prize
Reservoir by Taneum Bambrick
“A stunning chaplet that weaves, through restless forms, a myriad and fleshed life of work, love, and fierce yet tender observations of the working class. I returned to the manuscript again and again, each time finding more reasons to stay. Detail by detail, through the accretion of minutiae and the infinitesimal, the book builds and garners an entire world, replete with throttled sound, image, voice, and unforgettable lives and their living. This is poetry that
encompasses, that lets no one turn away.” –Ocean Vuong, 2017 Poetry Chapbook Judge