Our 2020 Pushcart Prize Nominations

We are thrilled and honored to announce our 2020 Pushcart Prize nominations: Jubi Arriola-Headley, Athena Kildegaard, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Claire Wahmanholm, Lolita Stewart-White, Alicia Wright!


The Fall 2020 issue features new work by Jubi Arriola-Headley, Michael Bazzett, Amy Beeder, Elizabeth Breese, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Jane Craven, Tennessee Hill, Anthony Immergluck, Gabriel Jesiolowski, Bryana Joy, Christopher Kempf, Chris Ketchum, Steven Kleinman, Peter Krumbach, Michelle Lowry Macfarlane, Gail Martin, Becka Mara McKay, Carling McManus, Rachel Mennies, Jude Nutter, Corey Oglesby, Troy Osaki, Gretchen Steele Pratt, Doug Ramspeck, Eric Rawson, Simon Shieh, Sara Moore Wagner, Chelsea Whitton, Alicia Wright, Charles Wyatt and Linda Zisquit.

Cover image by Hollie Chastain.

Victoria C. Flanagan's Glossary of Unsaid Terms Now Available

The BPJ team is thrilled to announce that the 2020 title in the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series is Victoria C. Flanagan’s Glossary of Unsaid Terms. The collection, chosen by the editors, grapples beautifully with the challenges of inheritance—physical, cultural, and psychic.

When you subscribe to the BPJ, you’ll receive as part of your subscription a copy of the forthcoming chapbook in the series. Not a subscriber? Purchase a copy of Glossary of Unsaid Terms here.

Ellen Bass Selects Jude Nutter as Winner of 2020 Adrienne Rich Award

Of Jude Nutter’s poem, Ellen Bass writes, “‘Visible Woman, Visible Man’ is a capacious, complex poem. Building on striking diction, fresh metaphors, and precise narration, the poet considers the human body and the whole of the physical world, reaching back and forward in time—an ambitious journey which she carries off with aplomb. Intellectually satisfying and emotionally moving, this is a poem which deepens with each successive reading.”

We’re grateful to the Adrienne Rich Literary Trust and to all who submitted poems for this year’s contest.

We Stand with the People

We stand with the people and with the many magazines and presses who have signed on to this statement written by the staff of The Offing, condemning anti-Blackness in publishing and the world, affirming the rights and righteousness of protestors, and calling on each of us to unlearn oppression.

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photo of cherry trees by Meriç Dağli

Submissions Open for Chad Walsh Chapbook Series

The editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal are pleased to accept entries for 2021 Chad Walsh Chapbook Series. The series was established in 2017, with the support of the Alison W. Sackett Trust, in honor of former editor Chad Walsh. 

The poet whose manuscript is selected for the series will receive $2,500 and 50 copies of the chapbook and in-depth editorial consultation. The winning chapbook will be distributed to every BPJ subscriber and sold separately, in a print run of approximately 1,500. Previous titles in the series include Jacques J. Rancourt's In the Time of PrEP, Christine Gosnay's The Wanderer and Victoria C. Flanagan's Glossary of Unsaid Terms.

We will remain open for submissions through November 30. For more details, see our guidelines.

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