2016 Consequence Magazine Poetry Prize Guidelines
Judge: Danielle Legros Georges
$250 Honorarium and Publication
SUBMIT: September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Entries must capture the nuances of the culture and consequences of war; the topic is not limited to military matters, but includes social, political, and cultural subjects.
All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the poem itself. Entries must be submitted online, and a $10 entry fee is payable through PayPal. The contest fee is non-refundable.
Send no more than three poems. CONSEQUENCE will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 2 years) affiliated with the prize judge. (Previous judges have included Tom Sleigh, Afaa Michael Weaver, Brian Turner, Martha Collins, Fred Marchant, Joyce Peseroff, and Kevin Bowen.) Each poem must be formatted in 12-point font. Previously published works (print and electronic, including websites and blogs) and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Poems that do not meet submissions requirements will be disqualified. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted poem is accepted elsewhere.
Danielle Legros Georges was born in Haiti and raised in the United States. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016) and Maroon (Curbstone Books, 2001). Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Agni, The Boston Globe, Transition, World Literatue Today, The Carribean Writer, Callaloo, Ibbetson Street, Salamandar, Poesis, Black Renaissance Noire, MaComère, The American Poetry Review, and Consequence. She has received grants and fellowships from the Barbara Deming Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. In 2014 Legros Georges was chosen as Boston’s Poet Laureate. She is a professor at Lesley University and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 2015 Consequence Prize in Poetry
Selected by Tom Sleigh
Awarded to JULIA WENDELL for her poem “A Beautiful Day to be Buried”
Julia Wendell’s most recent poetry collection is Take This Spoon published by Main Street Rag Press in 2014. She has been a Yaddo Fellow, a Bread Loaf Fellow, and a multiple Pushcart winner. Recent credits include Nimrod, Revolution John, and Prairie Schooner.
Finalists (in order of their selection)
ROBERT EVORY “Unmarked Grave”
Robert Evory is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University where he is the Poetry Editor for Third Coast; he is also the Managing Editor and co-founder of The Poet’s Billow. In July of 2015 he was artist-in-residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. He earned an MFA from Syracuse University. His poetry is featured or is forthcoming in: Spillway, Spoon River Review, The Baltimore Review, Natural Bridge, The Fat City Review, Nashville Review, Wisconsin Review, Ghost Town, The Madison Review, Arroyo, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere.
ALAN ELYSHEVITZ “Ampersand”
Alan Elyshevitz is a poet and short story writer from East Norriton, PA. His collection of stories, The Widows and Orphans Fund, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. In addition, he has published three poetry chapbooks, most recently Imaginary Planet (Cervena Barva Press). He is a two-time recipient of a fellowship in fiction writing from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Currently he teaches writing at the Community College of Philadelphia.
YAEL HACOHEN “Identity Card”
Yael Hacohen is a candidate for an MFA in Poetry at New York University, where she is currently teaching as an Adjunct Instructor. She is an NYU Veterans Workshop Fellow and International Editor at Washington Square Review. Her poems appear or forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Every Day Poets Magazine, Nine Lines, and many more. She served as a first lieutenant in the Israeli Army and currently serves in reserve duty.
Tom Sleigh is the author of ten books of poetry, including Army Cat, winner of the John Updike Award, and Space Walk which won the Kingsley Tufts Award. In addition, Far Side of the Earth won an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His new book, Station Zed, has just been published by Graywolf. He has also published a book of essays, Interview With a Ghost, and a translation of Euripides’ Herakles. Widely anthologized, his poems and prose appear in the leading literary magazines, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology. He is a Distinguished Professor in the MFA Program at Hunter College. During the last eight years, he has also worked as a journalist in Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Kenya, Iraq, and Libya.
The 2014 Consequence Prize in Poetry
Selected by Afaa Michael Weaver
Awarded to Javier Zamora for his poem I Don’t Want To Speak of “Don Chepe”
KYLE ADAMSON The Ghost Song of Justin Miller
KIMBERLY DIXON-MAYS Birthmark
SHANNON WARD Ugly September
2016 Consequence Magazine Poetry Prize Guidelines
Judge: To be announced.