The 2024 Yellowwood Poetry Prize


Yalobusha Review is excited to announce the 2024 Yellowwood Poetry Prize. This year’s judge is Jake Skeets. The winner of the Yellowwood Poetry Prize receives $500, as well as publication and an interview in Yalobusha Review. The contest is open March 1st through March 31st.



Jake Skeets (he/him) is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series, American Book Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Whiting Award. His poetry and prose have appeared widely in journals and magazines such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, and The Paris Review. He holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Arts Projects, a Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, and the 2023-2024 Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. He is from the Navajo Nation and teaches at the University of Oklahoma.




  • 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 We accept only previously unpublished work.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 permitted. Please notify us immediately if a piece is selected for publication elsewhere.
  • Please do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Contest entries must be received by March 31.
  • The contest fee is $8.
  • General submissions will be closed during the contest period.



YR cannot consider work from anyone affiliated with the University of Mississippi or the prize judge.



Previous Winners


“City of 100 Lakes” by Parker Logan

Judged by C.T. Salazar



“The Holocene, with Figurative Language” by Matthew Tuckner

Judged by Paige Lewis



“Disorder” by Erica Reid

Judged by Matthew Olzmann