The William Matthews Poetry Prize
Every year from September 15 – January 15, Asheville Poetry Review accepts entries for The William Matthews Poetry Prize.
The next entry period for The William Matthews Poetry Prize will be September 15, 2015 through January 15, 2016.
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
Final Judge for 2016: Joy Harjo
The final judging process will be “blind” (all identifying information will be removed from the poems).
All submissions will be considered for publication.
Postmark Deadline: January 15 of each year.
Send 1-3 poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee (payable to Asheville Poetry Review) to:
William Matthews Poetry Prize
c/o Asheville Poetry Review
PO Box 7086
Asheville, NC 28802
Winners of the 2015 William Matthews Prize
First Place: Matthew Wimberley, “All the Great Territories”
Second Place: Patrick Swaney, “Late Fall, Late Afternoon”
Third Place: Debbie Benson, “Papanasam”
(Judge: Garrett Hongo)
Winners of the 2014 William Matthews Prize
First Place: Bruce Sager, “The Lot of Stars”
Second Place: T. J. Sandella, “Flight”
Third Place: Dave Seter, “What My Uncle is Trying to Say”
(Judge: Billy Collins)
Winners of the 2013 William Matthews Prize
First Place: Bart Rawlinson, “Jonah and Mr. Bones”
Second Place: Shelley Puhak, “On High School Reunions and Hurricane Agnes”
Third Place: David Brendan Hopes, “Spade”
(Judge: Patricia Smith)
Winners of the 2012 William Matthews Prize
First Place: Becky Gould Gibson, “Heading Home”
Second Place: Catherine Carter, “The Young”
Third Place: Angela Kelly, “time, and a little honey”
(Judge: David Wagoner)
Winners of the 2011 William Matthews Prize
First Place: Michael White, “The Milkmaid”
Second Place: Bruce Bond, “Jon Faddis and the High Note”
Third Place: Mary Makofske, “Museum of Torture, San Gimignano, Italy”
(Judge: Sebastian Matthews)