Contest Results for the 2021 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize
Our judges displayed exquisite taste, selecting the distinguished three winners and nine finalists from a pool of over 1800 poems submitted. It was not an easy task. All poems were anonymized before reading. The readers and judges had no idea whose poem they were reading, where they came from or even what gender they embraced. It is very freeing to read with no preconceived notion as to the identity of the poet.
From the original 1800+ poems, our readers selected 86 to advance to the final round of judging. Quite a feat! Out of those, our final judges each selected 3 finalists and 1 winner, for a total of three winners and nine finalists, all of whom are listed below, with the 12 winning and finalists poems to be published over the next 12 days on Cultural Daily. Again, no small task; there were SO many wonderful poems submitted, the choices were not easy.
Here are the winners and finalists for the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize, 2021:
Winner & 3 Finalists Chosen By Judge Clare MacQueen:
WINNER: “Mourning Jewelry (San Francisco, February 2021)” – Rebekah Wolman
“Self-Portrait as Wine Glass” – Angele Ellis
“Duck” – Jen Karetnick
“LDR” – Jennie Miller
Winner & 3 Finalists Chosen By Judge Mariano Zaro:
WINNER: “In the Room Next Door How Many People Have Died” – Sean Thomas Dougherty
“Uprooted” – Trish Hopkinson
“Elsewhere Meanwhile” – Laurinda Lind
“The Ropes” – Michele Herman
Winner & 3 Finalists Chosen By Judge Alexis Rhone Fancher:
WINNER: “No Longer July” – John Amen
“Leap of Faith” – Beth Copeland
“There Will Be Birds” – Susan Jewell
“You Should Probably Date Me” – Matthew DeGroat
And this is a list of semi-finalists:
Jeff William Acosta
FABIYAS M V
Natasha Moses Mwampashe
Simran Singh Rathi
Kelly Grace Thomas
I hope you enjoy these winning poems as much as we did. And don’t forget to enter next year’s contest! The 10th Annual Jack Grapes Poetry Prize opens for submissions on July 1st, 2022. Mark your calendar! Send us your very best!
Alexis Rhone Fancher
Poetry Editor, Cultural Daily
Photo credit: Alexis Rhone Fancher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Poet/photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher is published in Best American Poetry, Rattle, Hobart, Verse Daily, The New York Times, Petrichor, The MacGuffin, Plume, Tinderbox, Diode, Nashville Review, Wide Awake, Poets of Los Angeles, Pirene’s Fountain, Cleaver, Glass, Rust + Moth, Duende, The American Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere. Her books include: How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen & other heart stab poems (Sybaritic Press, 2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), Enter Here, (2017), and The Dead Kid Poems, (2019), and Junkie Wife (Moon Tide Press, 2018), an autobiographical chapbook chronicling Alexis’s first, disastrous marriage. She’s been published in over 60 anthologies, including the best-selling Nasty Women Poets (Lost Horse Press, 2017), Terrapin Books’ A Constellation of Kisses, (2019),and Antologia di poesia femminile americana contemporanea, (Edizioni Ensemble, Italia, 2018). Her photographs have been published worldwide, including the covers of Witness, Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review, Heyday, and Pithead Chapel, and a spread in River Styx. A multiple Pushcart Prize, Best Short Fiction, and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis has been poetry editor of Cultural Weekly since late 2012. She and her husband live 20 miles outside of downtown L.A., in a small beach community overlooking the Pacific. They have an extraordinary view.
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