Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize

After a haitus, 2020, due to Covid-19, we are please to accept submissions for The 2021 Lucille Clifton Annual Poetry Contest. Held each spring, the contest honors the prolific work of poet great Lucille Clifton. Widely celebrated for her unpretentious and unapologetic poems, Clifton’s unique free verse was free of punctuation, taut, and always recognizably her. The prize is for a previously unpublished, single poem. The winner is awarded $500, publication via our website, and a set of (3) poetry collections by Clifton via Boa Editions.

Submit up to (3) poems via Submittable along with an entry fee of $15.00. Submission will be accepted April 15th through June 15th, 2021. Final Judge is Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

About the Judge:

Honorée Fannone Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections, including The Age of Phillis, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, was longlisted for a National Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. She has been published in the Kenyon Review, the Iowa Review, and other literary publications. Jeffers was elected into the American Antiquarian Society, whose members include fourteen US presidents, and is critic at large for the Kenyon Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Oklahoma.