Contest

We are currently accepting manuscripts for our 2019 contest. And we’re thrilled to announce that Bhanu Kapil will judge.

2019 TUSCULUM REVIEW POETRY CHAPBOOK PRIZE

The prize is $1,000 and publication in The Tusculum Review.

The deadline is April 1, 2019.  

Send contest submissions to:
The Tusculum Review
P.O. Box 5113
60 Shiloh Road
Greeneville, TN 37745.

Mark envelopes: “CHAPBOOK CONTEST.”

The entry fee is $20 per chapbook manuscript. We accept checks and money orders made payable to The Tusculum Review.

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 email 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). 

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.

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

Editors of The Tusculum Review–and then a final judge–will determine the results of the 2019 prize. The final judge for 2019’s contest will be Bhanu Kapil. Family, friends, and previous students of the final judge, or those with reciprocal professional relationships with the judge, 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.

OUR 2019 JUDGE

Bhanu Kapil, 2019 judge

Bhanu Kapil, 2019 judge

 

Bhanu Kapil is an English rose, not that you’d know it at first glance. Born in the UK to Indian parents, she now lives and works in the US, where she is a professor at Naropa University and Goddard College. She maintains an exciting and beautiful blog, The Vortex of Formidable Sparkles, which recently passed its “million point” and is also the author of five spectacular yet relentlessly grim books, most recently Incubation: a space for monsters, which is to be re-published in a new edition, with a preface by Eunsong Kim, by Kelsey Street Press.  Bhanu is is also currently writing a new work, an inversion of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is not going well. Will Bhanu ever become a widely read British novelist? Please send practical advice on how to become a British novelist and/or a note of encouragement to thisbhanu@yahoo.com. In better news, in summer 2018, Bhanu had her first solo European exhibition, curated by Harry Burke during Art Basel, at S.A.L.T.S. In summer 2019, Bhanu, a devotee of Hanuman, will be launching The Hanuman Institute, an art school for writers, both online and off, in venues that include Loveland, Rishikesh, Edinburgh, Malmo, Johannesburg and Oakland.  You can find her on Twitter at @thisbhanu.

 2018 POETRY CHAPBOOK PRIZE WINNER

Stella Reed, winner of 2018 poetry chapbook prize Photo credit: Laura Star

Stella Reed, winner of 2018 poetry chapbook prize
Photo credit: Laura Star

Stella Reed is the co-author of We Were Meant to Carry Water, forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press in 2019. She teaches poetry to women in domestic violence and homeless shelters through WingSpan Poetry Project in Santa Fe, NM. She’s recently published in The Bellingham ReviewAmerican Journal of Poetry, and Tahoma Literary Review and has a piece forthcoming this summer in the Black Lawrence Press anthology, They Said.

OUR 2018 JUDGE

Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including AgniBoston ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her third book, Empty Clip, will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018.

Emilia Phillips, 2018 judge. Photo by Tracy Tanner.

Emilia Phillips, 2018 judge. Photo by Tracy Tanner.

PREVIOUS CONTEST JUDGES

Previous contest judges for The Tusculum Review include: Mary Jo Bang, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, Jericho Brown, Amy Gerstler, Jaimy Gordon, Allison Joseph, Michael Martone, Sara Pritchard, Nate Pritts, Wayne Lee Thomas, and Clay Matthews.