2022 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize

Tinderbox is pleased to announce the 2022 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry 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. The BEJ winner will receive $750. The editor’s prize winner will receive $500. Winners and finalists will receive publication in the Winter Solstice issue, which will be published in December. 

All finalist contributors will receive our standard payment of $15. Semi-finalists will also be considered for publication. We will be accepting submissions through Submittable starting August 1. 

The entry fee is $15 for up to three poems. For $20, you can opt to receive feedback on your submission.

Tinderbox readers and editors will read submissions, 15 of which will be passed on to our judge for their final decision. This year’s final judge is Sally Keith.

The 2022 contest is now closed.

Sally Keith

Sally Keith’s fourth collection of poetry, River House was published by Milkweed Editions in 2015; she is the author of The Fact of the Matter (Milkweed 2012) and two previous collections of poetry, Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Dwelling Song (UGA 2004).  A recent Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she teaches at George Mason University and lives in Fairfax, VA.