2021 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize

Tinderbox is pleased to announce the 2021 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize and the Majda Gama Editors’ Prize. There are no limitations in form or content; we are interested in everything from traditional forms to free verse to lyric essay to flash fiction. The contest judge will select one winner, and the editors will select another from the remaining submissions. Each winner will receive $500. Winners and finalists will receive publication in the Winter Solstice issue, which will be published on or around December 21. All finalist contributors will receive our standard payment of $15. Semi-finalists will also be considered for publication. We are accepting submissions through Duosuma, here.

The entry fee is $15 for up to three poems. For $20, you can opt to receive feedback on your submission. We are also offering a limited number of fee-free submissions to BIPOC writers. 

Tinderbox readers and editors will read submissions, 15 of which will be passed on to our judge for their final decision. This year’s judge is Tiana Clark. The editors will select another winning poem from the pool of finalists. 

Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is a winner for the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award (Claremont Graduate University), a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of the 2021-2022 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and 2019 Pushcart Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, BuzzFeed News, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. She is the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College.