Hearst Poetry Prize

James Hearst

James Hearst

Contest Information

Winner and finalists will be published in the Spring 2022 issue.
First Prize: $1000

2022 Hearst Judge:
Natalie Diaz

Deadline: November 1st, 2021
Entry fee: $23.00

All entry fees include a copy of the contest issue. All submissions to the James Hearst Poetry Prize will be handled through our online submission system.

If you are unable to upload your submission, please email us nar@uni.edu for other entry options.

Rules: You may enter up to five poems in one file. No names on manuscripts, please. Your poems will be “read blind.” Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is allowed with notice should your poems be accepted elsewhere.

If you wish to receive the list of winners, please state this in your cover letter and be sure to supply an email address. Winners will also be announced on this website.

Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well—too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter—both open and closed forms.

Questions? email: nar@uni.edu • phone: 319-273-6455

Congratulations to our past James Hearst Prize winners!


2021 

Judge:

Maggie Smith

 

Maggie Smith

First Place:

Kirsten Abel

"Geneva Avenue"

Kirsten Abel

2020 

Judge:

Ilya Kaminsky

 

Ilya Kaminsky

First Place:

Katy Aisenberg

"The Invention of Ether"

Katy Aisenberg

2019 

Judge:

Dana Levin

 

Dana Levin

First Place:

Alan Elyshevitz

"Bread"

Alan Elyshevitz

2018 

Judge:

Eduardo C. Corral

 

Eduardo Corral

2017 

Judge:

Major Jackson

 

Major Jackson

First Place:

Jordan Franklin

"Black Boy"

Jordan Franklin

2016 

Judge:

Jane Hirshfield

 

Jane Hirshfield

First Place:

Rebecca Foust

"Iconostasis"

Rebecca Foust

2015 

Judge:

D. A. Powell

 

D. A. Powell

First Place:

Michael Kriesel

"Aleister Crowley Lipogram"

Michael Kriesel

2014 

Judge:

Mary Swander

 

Mary Swander

First Place:

Martha Silano

"Ode to Frida Kahlo’s Eyebrows"

Martha Silano

2013 

Judge:

H. L. Hix

 

H. L. Hix

First Place:

Andrew Payton

"Bad May"

Andrew Payton

2012 

Judge:

Martín Espada

 

Martin Espada

First Place:

Ansel Elkins

"Mississippi Pastoral"

Ansel Elkins