Announcing the 2017 Yemassee Writing Prizes

We’re excited to announce that submissions for our 2017 Yemassee Writing Prizes are now open!

The 2017 Yemassee Fiction Contest with $750 prize will be judged by Alexandra Kleeman.

Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine and the short story collection Intimations, both from Harper. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Paris Review, Zoetrope, Tin House, VOGUE, and n+1. She was the 2016 winner of the Bard Fiction Prize.

The 2017 Yemassee Poetry Contest with $750 prize will be judged by Jericho Brown.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.

The Inaugural 2017 Yemassee Chapbook Contest with $1000 prize will be judged by Ocean Vuong.

Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, Narrative magazine, and a Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in the Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.

Fiction and poetry submissions are $17 to enter ($20 with 1 year subscription).
Chapbook submissions are $22 to enter ($25 with 1 year subscription)

Submissions will be accepted via the Yemassee Submittable page through January 15, 2017.