Poetry Contest Is Open

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The International Poetry Contest is open once more!  We so look forward to reading your dazzling poems from across the world…or across town!  Send us your best!

Contest fee is $15/5 poems (up to 10 pages total).  The Grand Prize is $1000 and publication!  Twenty Finalists will also be published, and thirty Merit Winners will find their names on a special, dedicated page in the Fall issue.

You may enter as many times as you like, provided you pay the $15 fee each time.

Last day to enter is May 1!

Kareem Tayyar Is the 2023 International Poetry Contest Winner!

We’re so excited to share that Kareem Tayyar wins this year’s International Poetry Contest!  Kareem wins $1000 and publication in the Fall issue.  Victoria Chang was the final judge.

His most recent collection, Keats in San Francisco & Other Poems, was released in 2022 by Lily Poetry Review Books, and his work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications. His novel, The Prince of Orange County, received the 2020 Eric Hoffer Prize for Young Adult Fiction, and he is a past recipient of a Wurlitzer Poetry Fellowship and the Glenna Luschei Poetry Prize. He is Professor of English at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, and previous books of his include Let Us Now Praise Ordinary Things and Immigrant Songs.
Congratulations to Kareem Tayyar!  And Congrats to all the Finalists
for writing amazing poetry and making our judge’s life difficult!
      • Sarah Carey
      • Debra Devins
      • Page Getz Ellingerr
      • Michelle Bonczek Evory
      • Stacey Forbes
      • Anyély Goméz-Dickerson
      • Shellie Harwood
      • Ben Hellerstein
      • Brian Patrick Heston
      • Joann Hinz
      • Maxima Kahn
      • Margaret Lee
      • Katharyn Howd Machan
      • Meryl Natchez
      • Christopher Nolan
      • John Schneider
      • Jacquelyn Shah
      • Carole Stasiowski
      • Donald Wildman

Carter Rekoske Is the 2023 Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets Winner!

We’re thrilled to announce that Carter Rekoske has won this year’s Dan Veach Prize for his poem, “Prayer for Gratitude.”  He has won $100 and his poem will be published in the upcoming Fall issue.

Carter is a 21 year old creative writing student at Bryan College in Tennessee. He won the poetry award in his school’s 2022 and 2023 annual literary contests and will be published in forthcoming issues of Listening and Black Fox Literary Magazine.

We want to thank everyone who participated, and send special shout out to our Finalists and Honorable Mentions!

The Complete List of Finalists

      • Alejandro Aguirre, “Elizabeth Bishop’s Arrival at Havana, 1955”
      • Gospel Chinedu, “Progeny”
      • Gaia McCune, “A Spring Morning”

The Complete List of Honorable Mentions

      • Amad Aamir, “Letters I Keep Writing to the Sea”
      • Daniel Barry, “Senior Week”
      • Jayant Kashyap, “Nilgai”
      • Chiwenite Onyekwelu, “Duplex for My Father”

Looking for Guest Editors for Our International Sections!

Atlanta Review prides itself on its Spring issues, which are focused on an international country or region.  Every year, we try to bring you the best new work, in translation, that we can.  But we can’t do it without guest editors, and that’s where you come in.

Are you fluent in another language?  We’re looking for volunteer guest editors who can solicit poetry, translate the work (if necessary), collect bios, organize the work, and write an introduction to it.  We look for roughly 40-50 manuscript pages (one poem per page).

If you’re interested, PLEASE get in touch with us at jc.reilly@lmc.gatech.edu.  We already have Spring 2024 and 2025 lined up, but we’ll be needing folks in the future and would love your help!  We’re especially eager to have an issue from France, if anyone is inclined.

Contact JC if you have any questions.  And thank you very much!

From NYPL Digital Collections

Hi, Everyone!

We just wanted to give you an update on the contest:  we’re still reading submisions (there were a lot of them!), and still looking for a judge, but we’re hoping to finish up all decisions by October at the latest.  The Fall issue will come out in December, as usual.

Meanwhile, just a reminder that our fall general submission window opens in 38 days, on September 15th.  We’re looking forward to reading your new work!

Last Week for the Contest!

If you’ve been waiting to send us your contest submission, first of all, what are you waiting for?  And second of all, Monday, May 1st is the last day to submit!

That’s right, May Day is the last day we’re accepting poems, so be sure to get them to us for a chance to win $1000 and publication.  (And then you can go back to dancing around the May Pole.) 🙂

Submit here!


International Poetry Contest 2023 Open!

from the NYPL Digital CollectionsIt’s that time of year again!  We can’t wait to read your submissions for the 2023 International Poetry Contest.  We want to read poems that sizzle, poems that make us cry or laugh or lose our breath.  We want to be inundated with your beautiful and strange words.

As always we appreciate all kinds of poems, so feel free to send us your sonnets and villanelles and sestinas, your free verse, your nonce forms–whatever you got, we want to read it.

Contest submission entry is $15 per each packet of 5 poems (not per poem!!).  Feel free to enter the contest as many times as you like, provided you pay the fee.


The contest runs until May 1st!