The 2020 Yellowwood Poetry Prize


Yalobusha Review is excited to announce the 2020 Yellowwood Poetry Prize. This year’s judge is Diana Khoi Nguyen.


The winner of the Yellowwood Poetry Prize will receive $500 and publication in YR:31. The contest is open March 1st through March 31st.


  • 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 We accept only previously unpublished work.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, 2020.
  • The contest fee is $3.
  • 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, Diana Khoi Nguyen.


Final Judge


Poet and multimedia artist Diana Khoi Nguyen was born & raised in California. She earned a BA in English & Communication Studies from UCLA, an MFA from Columbia University, & a PhD from the University of Denver.
She is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn Publishing, 2018), selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. Ghost Of was a finalist for the National Book Award & L.A. Times Book Prize. It received the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award & the Colorado Book Award. Nguyen’s poetry & prose have appeared widely in magazines and journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, & PEN America.
A Kundiman fellow, Nguyen’s other honors include awards from the 92Y “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest, Key West Literary Seminars, & the Academy of American Poets. She has held scholarships & fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, & the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
Currently, she teaches creative writing at Randolph College Low-Residency MFA & will be joining the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2020.