We are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Knapp’s poem “It’s Ok to Worry about the State of Britney Spears’s Mental Health” has been selected by this year’s competition judge, Steven Reigns, as the winner of the 2022 International Poetry Prize.
Of her work, Steven writes, “There’s a cleverness to this poem that could potentially alienate or verge into careless campiness, but it never goes there thanks to the balance of global awareness, sincere concern, and artful imagery.”
Elizabeth wins the Grand Prize of $1000 and publication in the Fall issue.
We are so excited to announce the winner of the 2022 Dan Veach Prize!
Congratulations go to Edwin Williamson, for his poem, “Each D ay I Press My Ear to the Ground.”
Of his own writing, Edwin says, “My poetry often aims to blend natural and scientific concepts occurring on Earth (or off-Earth) with tender emotional experiences. I am a lifelong visual artist and musician and started writing poetry in 2018 as a freshman in college. I have always loved science but never found myself able to pursue any of the more technical fields academically. The kind of poetry I’ve been generating over the last few years, I feel, comes out as the product of what I can do as a creative individual and of what we should all be fascinated with as human beings on this planet.”
Edwin will have his poem published in the Fall 2022 issue of Atlanta Review and he wins $100 prize.
Congratulations also to our finalists!
Alejandro Aguirre, “Berlin Candy Bomber”
Gigi Cheng, “Obsidian Fish”
Hana Saad, “I cut down to the core”
And thanks to everyone who entered the contest. It’s exciting to see so many younger folks writing and sharing their poetry.
The Atlanta Review is in the process of re-vamping our social media so that we can connect more with you all. The people behind our social media are none other than Master’s students in the Global Media and Cultures program (GMC) at Georgia Tech taking a class by the name of—you guessed it—The Atlanta Review. Basically, the class is designed to give students hands-on editorial experience in running and maintaining the Atlanta Review (AR). Students learn to make editorial choices across a number of media platforms, from choosing poems to publish for our print issues, to maintaining social media like Instagram and Facebook, to managing subscriber and contributor lists, updating and improving the AR website, and overall contributing to the long-term indexing project of back issues.
Here are the bios of the graduate students in the Fall 2021 AR Class!
Meg Carver is currently working on her masters degree in Global Media and Cultures with a focus in French. She completed her undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech as well with a major in Literature, Media, and Communication and a minor in French. She enjoys video games, art, and spending time with her family. Her greatest love is her dog Bonnie.
Mackenzie Dumaresque is originally from East Coast Canada but has lived in multiple American states. She is a GMC student completing a concentration in French. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in International Studies with a double major in French. In her future, Mackenzie hopes to work for a non-profit or NGO and she is so excited to see what opportunities arise in the future.
Eboni Goar is an Atlanta native majoring in GMC with a Japanese language concentration. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia (go dawgs!) in Asian Languages and Literature. When she is not in class, she can be found at events with Georgia Tech’s Japanese Student Association, hanging out with friends at restaurants in Atlanta/Athens or at home doing some online shopping.
Rebecca Hammond obtained a B.S in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Spanish from Georgia Tech. Through her internship experiences working in beauty and personal care for Unilever, Rebecca has gained an understanding of inclusive product development and consumer communication. She enjoys listening to music and cooking in her free time.
Elle Kostka is getting her Master’s in GMC at Georgia Tech, researching German Corporate Social Responsibility. She received her BA in German and BA in Comparative Literature from UGA, particularly enjoying German Romantic Literature. She continues to enjoy Ballroom dancing, both socially and on the Georgia Tech competition team.
We’ve been busy uploading sample poems from past issues so that you can see all the great poems that we’ve published down through the years.
The most recent past issues include Poetry 2014, Pakistan, and Poetry 2015, and you can find between 8-10 poem .pdfs per issue. This project (like the Index Project) is time-consuming and slow-going, so be sure to check back periodically to see what “new” past issues we have available.
It’s February, so you know what that means: we’re throwing open the doors on our annual International Poetry Contest! As with last year, contest submissions are $15 for up to 5 poems per entry. Enter as many times as you want.
One Grand Prize winner will receive $1000 and publication, and all Finalists will be published as well. Thirty Merit Award winners will receive a copy of the Fall issue.
When we shifted our preferred submission mechanism to Submittable, we received some emails expressing concern about that decision. We have never used the system to “make a profit”–charging no more than we absolutely have to in order to pay for the platform. We understand that some people find the system impersonal, and we still strive to make our interactions with every one of our poets as humane and attentive as possible.
We also made the decision to shift our editorial processes to blind review–to further support our long-standing mission statement to “publish poems, not poets.” As poets ourselves, we are always committed to making the process as fair as it can be. We only accept a tiny percentage of the submissions we receive, so each year we find ourselves rejecting many excellent poems. We often agonize over our choices.
Despite our primary shift to online submissions, we have continued to accept regular mail submissions in an attempt to be as inclusive as possible. Each year we have some people, like those who are incarcerated, who have no other means of sending us work.
And then came the pandemic.
Currently, we have no access to any submissions received by mail since early March. When the university shut down, we could no longer get mail. All the mail is being held in a central site. If you are one of the poets who has submitted work to us by regular mail, we can only promise to read them whenever it is safely possible to do so. Since we have no way of knowing who you are, we hope this message finds you.
In the meantime, because we have the online platform, we are able to continue to read submissions online. We are also able to do other editorial and design work remotely. Hopefully we will all stay safe and well and be able to continue to bring you excellent poetry in these difficult times.