Thank You to the Preliminary Readers for the 2021 Berkshire Prize

A former human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname, and a high school teacher in West Africa, Amy Beeder balances an ear for meter with an often ominous tone, creating a musical, at times mythical, exploration of how we construct beauty and strangeness. She is the author of the poetry collection Burn the Field (2006), which critic Sandra … Read more

Tupelo Press Announces the Semifinalists of 2021 Berkshire Prize

Semifinalists Rachel Abramowitz of Santa Monica, California, The Birthday of the Dead Rachel Abramowitz’s poems and reviews have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House Online, The Threepenny Review, Seneca Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Tupelo Quarterly, and others. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Oxford, and … Read more

Tupelo Press Announces the Results of the 2021 Berkshire Prize

Tupelo Press is especially delighted to announce that our judge, Victoria Chang, has selected then telling be the antidote by Xiao Yue Shan of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as the winner of the 2021 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry! Xiao Yue Shan will receive a $3,000 cash prize, in addition … Read more

Tupelo Press Names Winner, Runners-Up, and Finalists For The 2020 Berkshire Prize!

Tupelo Press announces a change in the award for the 2020 Berkshire Prize. The previously-named winner of the 2020 Berkshire Prize, Nulifar Karimi, has withdrawn her manuscript from consideration for publication. While we’re sorry to lose the chance to publish Karimi’s book, we are so very excited to announce that Brandon Rushton’s manuscript, The Air in … Read more

The results of the 2018 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Carl Phillips has selected as winner of the 2018 Berkshire Prize: Ashore, by Laurel Nakanishi From the Judge’s Citation by Carl Phillips: Ashore is an elegant, incisive, and formally restive meditation, a meditation-born of juxtaposition-on life’s incongruencies: the myth of O’ahu as an “island/that sleeps on the ocean floor, … Read more

The results of the 2017 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book

                        Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Aimee Nezhukumatathil has selected Anna Maria Hong of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as winner of the 2017 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second book of Poetry. Her manuscript Fablesque will be published by Tupelo Press in 2019.     Anna Maria Hong is the Visiting Creative Writer … Read more

2014 Berkshire Prize Winner

Tupelo Prize Berkshire Prize for First or Second Book of Poetry

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Jeffrey Harrison has selected Jenny Molberg’s Marvels of the Invisible as winner of the 2014 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry. Jenny Molberg earned her B.A. at Louisiana State University and her M.F.A. at American University. Her work has appeared in North American Review, … Read more