Extended Deadline (and new contest judge) for The Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award

SandraWe are honored to announce that our new judge for the second annual jmww Poetry Chapbook Contest is Sandra Beasley. Claudia Emerson, our prior judge, remains in our thoughts and hearts, and so in tribute to Claudia’s spirit and to her importance as a mentor to so many, with permission of her husband, we are renaming the contest The Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award. We are deeply touched to be able to offer this remembrance to a poet and woman who has meant so much.

The final deadline for contest submissions is now February 15th. If you have already submitted a chapbook through Submittable, and wish to send a revised version before the deadline, please send it to jmwwpoetry@gmail.com. All new submissions will only be accepted through our Submittable site, where submission instructions can be found, as well.


Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections: Count the Waves, forthcoming in 2015 from W. W. Norton; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA Literature Fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and two DCCAH Artist Fellowships. Her most recent book is the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa.

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