The 2018 Yellowwood Poetry Prize


Yalobusha Review is excited to announce the revival of the Yellowwood Poetry Prize. The winner will receive $500 and publication in YR:27, to be released in the summer of 2018. The contest is open April 20th through May 31st. General submissions will be closed during this time.




Please submit up to 3 poems, totaling no more than 5 pages, through Submittable. We accept only previously unpublished work. All entries will be considered for general publication.

Only one submission per contestant. Simultaneous submissions are not only permitted but expected; please notify us immediately, though, if a piece is chosen for publication elsewhere.

Please do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript.

Contest entries must be received by May 31, 2018. Contest results will be announced in June.

There is no contest fee; submissions are free!




YR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with the University of Mississippi or the prize judge, Melissa Ginsburg. This includes those who have studied or taught at the University of Mississippi.


Final Judge


Final Judge Melissa Ginsburg

Melissa Ginsburg is the author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost and the noir novel Sunset City, as well as two poetry chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Guernica, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Field, The Iowa Review, and other magazines. She has received support from the Mississippi Arts Council and the Ucross Foundation. Originally from Houston, Texas, Ginsburg attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.