Winner of the 2017 Yemassee Poetry Contest

“thunder’s baby” by Irène Mathieu

“thunder’s baby” gathers energy and emotional weight from accumulation, each section ending in a new way of seeing that makes more clear what it means to live (to survive?) as a woman.  The images of the poem are brilliant, and the way the poem seems to figure and think for itself is astonishing. –Jericho Brown, 2017 Poetry Contest Judge

 

 

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2017 Writing Prizes, including the 2017 Poetry Contest. The author of the winning poem will receive $750 and publication in Yemassee 24.2. 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.

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit up to three pieces of unpublished poetry.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 Note that no refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified.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.

Guest Judge: Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.