Tyehimba Jess to Judge 2014 Poetry Contest

Yemassee is now accepting entries for its Spring 2014 Pocataligo Poetry Contest. The author of the winning poem will receive $250 and publication in Yemassee. Two runners-up will also receive publication, and a list of ten finalists will be named.

Guest Judge: Tyehimba Jess

Deadline March 31, 2014.

To enter, submit as a single document 3-5 unpublished poems of any line length. An entry fee of $5 must accompany each entry.  We welcome multiple submissions. Each submission requires a separate entry fee.

Formatting: All poems should be submitted in a single document, with no more than one poem per page. The poet’s name should not appear anywhere within the entry. Entries must be submitted through Submittable.

All entries must be submitted by the March 31st deadline.  

Winners will be announced on our website, and all entries will be considered for publication.


2013 Pocataligo Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Pocataligo poetry contest, judged by Samuel Amadon.  The first place winner will receive a $500 prize, and the top three poems will be published in Yemassee 20.2, forthcoming summer 2013.

1st place: Conor O’Connor | “Apparitions”

2nd place: M.K. Sukach | “Unintended Metaphors”

3rd place: Elizabeth Drewry | “Choking”



“A Dancer Considers Her Brief Life” | Anika Eide

“We’ve got electric cars and i-pads, but post-post-industrialized love is still rocket ships and four-stroke internal combustion engines” | Jason Hess

“the truth is I stutter the truth” | Kari Hawkey

“[Railroads]” | Gregg Murray

“My Father’s Last Night” | Cathy Kodra

“The Sect which Pulls the Sinews: I’ve Seen You Handle Cocoons” | Annie Christian

“Fable. Antirrhinum” | Nikki Zielinski

“a pathologist’s prayer” | Gail Waldstein

“Why the Sea Does Not Sleep” | Holly Roland

“Lou Gehrig’s: Caesura” | Annie Charlton

Read about past years’ winners here.