The 2021 William Matthews Poetry Prize Winners, selected by Quincy Troupe

The editors of Asheville Poetry Review are pleased to announce the WILLIAM MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE RECIPIENTS for 2021.

Sean Webb, from Philadelphia, PA, is awarded first prize for his poem “American Genesis,” and will receive $1000 plus publication in Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 28, Issue 31, 2021), which will be released in December 2021.

Second prize is awarded to Annie Woodford, from Deep Gap, NC, for her poem “An Aunt Story, Improvised as a Blues Line.” She will receive $250 as well as publication.

Earl Sherman Braggs resides in Chattanooga, TN. He is the third prize recipient for his poem “Still Life,” and he will also be published in our next issue.

The next reading period for the William Matthews Poetry Prize is from September 15, 2021 – January 15, 2022. The final judge will be announced soon. For the guidelines and more, visit ashevillepoetryreview.submittable.com.

The 2022 William Matthews Poetry Prize

First Prize: $1,000, publication in Asheville Poetry Review, and a featured reading in Asheville
Second Prize: $250, publication, and a featured reading in Asheville
Third Prize: Publication and a featured reading in Asheville

Judge for 2021: TBA

The final judge will read anonymous manuscripts (all identifying information will be removed from the poems).

All submissions will be considered for publication.

Submission Deadline: January 15 of each year.

Send 1-3 poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee.

Online submissions only, through Submittable:


Back issue content recently added

The Asheville Poetry Review website is in the process of an all-inclusive update. Our mission is to make all of the content of our back issues available online, creating an archive that contains the complete publishing history of our first fifteen years, dating from our first issue, published in June 1994. We thank you for your patience as we update this site.

Below you’ll find links to the most recently added poetry, reviews, essays and interviews.

John Wood  •  from November 20, 2010

The Angels of Our Expectations

John Wood  •  from November 20, 2010

The Fiction of History

John Wood  •  from November 20, 2010

Double Elegy: for a Child, for an Old Man

Dede Wilson  •  from November 20, 2010

Morning Of The Duel

Dede Wilson  •  from November 20, 2010


Daniel Westover  •  from November 20, 2010

Of Flesh and Heaven

Charles Harper Webb  •  from November 20, 2010

Never Too Late

Simon Perchik  •  from December 4, 2010


Virgil  •  from November 19, 2010

For Camilla Wren McDaniel

— translated from the Latin by A. E. Stallings

Rafael Soto Verges  •  from November 19, 2010


— translated from the Spanish by Louis Bourne