All accepted poetry submissions are considered for a $100 award, funded by ellipsis..., and two copies of the issue.

2018 Guest Judge

The 2018 award guest judge is Camille T. Dungy, author of the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and four collections of poetry—most recently Trophic Cascade. She has edited many anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. Her honors include NEA Fellowships in both poetry and prose, an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and two NAACP Image Award nominations. She is a professor at Colorado State University.

2017 Awardees

ellipsis... Award
The Butterfly Effect by José Luis Gutierrez
Judged by Srikanth Reddy

José Luis Gutiérrez is a San Francisco-based poet. His work has appeared in Eratio, Scythe, Margie, Poemeleon, Cortland Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Xavier Review, DMQ, Jetfuel, Caliban, and Kestrel; in the anthologies Mutanabbi Streets Starts Here and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent; and is forthcoming in Metonym, Bookends, Chiron Review, and others. His first poetry collection, A World Less Away, was published in 2016.

Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Contest
Ode to Howling Things by Mystery Post
Judged by Karen An-Hwei Lee

Mystery Post was born and grew up in northern Utah and hasn’t managed to escape yet. She is studying for her BA in English with a creative writing emphasis at Westminster College. A novel writer at heart—with various fantasy epics in various stages of being finished squirreled away on her hard drive—she has also published poems in the Virginia-based magazine Navigating the Maze.

Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Student Prose Contest
Hair Tied Down by Jessica Taghvaiee
Judged by Karen An-Hwei Lee

Jessica Taghvaiee, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant mother and Iranian refugee father, is a junior at Westminster College double majoring in political science pre-law and Spanish-Latin American studies. An avid artist and writer, Jessica loves to draw, paint, create unique collages, and write poetry, short stories, and personal essays.