The 2021 Yellowwood Poetry Prize


Yalobusha Review is excited to announce the 2021 Yellowwood Poetry Prize. This year’s judge is Matthew Olzmann.


The winner of the Yellowwood Poetry Prize will receive $500 and publication in YR:33. 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 We accept only previously unpublished work.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, 2021.
  • 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, Matthew Olzmann.

Final Judge

Portrait by Margarita Corporan

Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the 2011 Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design. His third book, Constellation Route, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in January 2022. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, MacDowell, and the Kresge Arts Foundation, Olzmann’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize XLV Kenyon Review, New England Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He is now a Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and also teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.