Introducing Our Preliminary Readers for the Berkshire Prize

As we begin to evaluate submissions for the 2017 Berkshire Prize, we are pleased to welcome several preliminary readers to our editorial staff.  This accomplished group of writers will assist with selecting the manuscripts that will be honored as finalists and forwarded on to our final judge, Aimee Nezhukumatathil.     Preliminary Readers for the 2017 … Read more

Tupelo Press Announces the 2017 Dorset Prize Winner

  This year our Dorset Prize was judged by Ilya Kaminsky, who – in a feat of nearly unprecedented generosity – read approximately 64 manuscripts, selected by the editors for his consideration, and in an even more magnanimous act, he wrote citations for every single one of those books. All of those citations are included … Read more

Tupelo Press Names the 2017 Sunken Garden Chapbook Award Winner

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Maggie Smith has chosen Ordinary Misfortunes by Emily Jungmin Yoon of Chicago, Illinois, as winner of the 2017 Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize. Maggie Smith says: “I’m completely taken in by these poems, how they deftly balance lyric and narrative, history and the present, body and mind. These are poems … Read more

Dorset Prize Deadline Extended

Here’s an offer to help you enjoy the holidays. Heaven knows, we all deserve it. Our holiday cheer to you: we’ve extended the Dorset Prize deadline to midnight Sunday, January 15th. Have an eggnog on us, and send us your work today!  

Tupelo Press Announces July Open Reading Period Selections 2016

This year, the editors at Tupelo Press are grateful to have had the chance to read and reread your manuscripts that came to us in record numbers – and record quality.   Tupelo Press will publish and distribute three of the submitted manuscripts. We are proud and honored to select for publication:   The Book … Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Excerpted from Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare, by Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla. Available now from Tupelo Press.  Click here for more.   “Queen of Autumn” Sweet Potato-Apple Bake With its layers of raisin-studded sweet potatoes, sautéed apples, caramelized onions, and spot-on spices, this dish is a bright … Read more

Discover our free Reader’s Companions

“The City” began as an exercise, an attempt to work with the form David Ferry invented in his “One Two Three Four Five”: a single word is repeated in each line of a five-line poem, placed initially toward the front of a line and with each succeeding line moving further toward its end. I didn’t … Read more

15th Anniversary Dorset Prize News!

Fifteen years ago, Ilya Kaminsky‘s utterly brilliant Dancing in Odessa won our first Dorset Prize (selected by Eleanor Wilner). In celebration of this milestone year for the Dorset Prize, Ilya has agreed to be our judge, and moreover, he has asked to read 60 manuscripts. Nobody knows better than Ilya the power of this prestigious book prize to bring international attention … Read more

Tupelo Press Names the 2016 Berkshire Prize Winner

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Gabrielle Calvocoressi has selected Elizabeth Acevedo’s Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm as winner of our 2016 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry. “Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm is the book I need right now. Maybe that’s selfish to say? I’ll still say it. Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm is a book that tells me this … Read more

Come write with us!

Fill your sails, come on board and write with us! Join our alumni community and write 30 poems in 30 days in October or a month of your choosing.  Share your work with international audience, collaborate with a diverse cohort of poets, learn how to build an audience for your work. Our alumni form a literary … Read more