Steve Myers, winner of the 2015 Tusculum Review Chapbook Contest

Steve Myers, winner of the 2015 Tusculum Review Chapbook Contest

Judge Wayne Lee Thomas has selected Last Look at Joburg by Steve Myers of Center Valley, PA as winner of our 2015 poetry chapbook contest. Last Look at Joburg, for which Myers will receive a $1,000 cash prize, will appear in TTR vol. 11/2015. Myers will also receive 10 artist copies of his winning chap produced by the English and Fine Arts departments at Tusculum College.

A long-time Pennsylvania resident who has also lived for extended periods in upstate New York, Glasgow, Scotland, and Rome, Italy, Steve Myers has previously published a full-length poetry collection, Memory’s Dog, and a chapbook, Work Site, in addition to a scholarly book and articles on modern poetry.  A past Pushcart Prize winner, his poems have appeared in many journals, including The Gettysburg ReviewGreat River Review, RattleThe Southern Review, and Tar River Poetry. He is Professor of English at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, where he teaches creative writing and a wide range of literature courses.


The Frisky Saboteur  Melanie Bianchi  Asheville, North Carolina

St. Trigger Lovestruck  Aaron Coleman  University City, Missouri

Miss Jan Repurposes  Kat Meads  Ben Lomond, California

My Mississippi  Laura Sobbott Ross  Mount Dora, Florida


Wayne Thomas

Wayne Lee Thomas, TTR Advisory Board member & 2015 judge

Wayne Lee Thomas, former TTR editor (from 2008 to 2014), writes fiction, plays, and nonfiction. He’s currently at work on the novel Birth of the Okefenokees–for which he received the 2013 Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia. With John E. Branscum, he is co-editor of Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature (Sarabande), winner of the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Thomas teaches creative writing at Tusculum College.


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We are no longer accepting manuscripts for the 2015 poetry chapbook contest. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to our winner & finalists. Check back here for information about next year’s contest & get those manuscripts in order for 2016!


The prize is $1,000 and publication in The Tusculum Review. Additionally, the winner will receive 10 author copies of the winning chapbook beautifully printed by the English and Fine Arts Departments of Tusculum College.

The deadline is March 15, 2015. We are now accepting manuscripts.

Send contest submissions to:
The Tusculum Review
P.O. Box 5113
60 Shiloh Road
Greeneville, TN 37743.

Mark envelopes: “CHAPBOOK CONTEST.”

The entry fee is $20 per chapbook manuscript. We accept checks and money orders made payable to The Tusculum Review. Entry fees include a one-year subscription to The Tusculum Review (an annual publication) and consideration for publication. We consider all works submitted for publication.

Each chapbook manuscript entered should consist of 20-30 pages of poems in a standard 12-point font. No more than one poem may appear on a page. You may enter more than one chapbook manuscript (as long as you include a $20 reading fee with each manuscript). A manuscript need not be thematically coherent or connected through narrative. Co-authored manuscripts are permitted.

Include a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (if any of the poems have been previously published).

Please send a cover letter with your contest entry. The cover letter should include the title of your entry, your name, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address. Please do NOT include your name or any other identifying information on any page of the chapbook manuscript.

For this contest, it is acceptable if individual works in your chapbook manuscript have been published elsewhere, but the manuscript as a whole cannot have been published previously (online or in print). 

Manuscripts will not be returned; they will, instead, be recycled.

Editors of The Tusculum Review will forward finalists to a member of our Advisory Board, who will serve as final judge for the 2015 prize. Family, friends, and previous or current students of TTR staff, or those with reciprocal professional relationships with TTR staff, will be disqualified from the contest.

Manuscripts will be numbered, and all names on the manuscripts will be removed before they are read and work is presented to the judges. In the event that judges do not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, The Tusculum Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award.

 The winner and finalists will be listed on The Tusculum Review companion website.