Our Second Annual Contest Judges

Our second annual contest has two great writers– and humans– as judges, Jericho Brown (poetry) & Lauren Grodstein (flash fiction). Here’s how awesome they are:


Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and anthologies including, The American Poetry ReviewThe Best American PoetryThe BelieverThe Boston ReviewFence, jubilat, The Kenyon Review, The New YorkerThe New Republic, Oxford American, Ploughshares, and Tin House.  Brown is now an assistant professor of poetry at Emory University.  His first book, Please, won the American Book Award.  His second book, The New Testament, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.

Lauren Grodstein

Lauren Grodstein is the author of the forthcoming The Explanation for Everything.  Her New York Times bestselling novel, A Friend of the Family, was a Washington Post Book of the Year, an Indie Next Pick, and a New York Times editor’s choice.  She is also the author of three other books, and directs the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden.


When our contest opens on June 1 (SO SOON), you will be able to submit to it via our Submittable site. Complete contest details are now available via our Contests page.