2018 Blue Lynx Prize Winner and Finalists

By , November 5, 2018

Once again we were amazed at the variety, intensity, and excellence of submissions to the Blue Lynx Prize competition. It is gratifying to read heart-felt and intelligent work from so many, when we know the hours and hours of solitary effort, and years of reading and thinking, that lie behind every single submission. We read each manuscript with care and appreciation and found many that were publishable, but, alas, could not accept them all.

Whereas most years we have assigned the task of choosing from among the finalists to a notepoet, the choice of winner this year was a staff decision, which actually made it more difficult. But, in the end, we decided to award the prize to Joe Wilkins for his collection Thieve.

Wilkins is also the author of the poetry collections Killing the Murnion Dogs and Notes from the Journey Westward. His most recent book of poetry, When We Were Birds, part of the Millers Williams Poetry Prize Series, edited by Billy Collins, won the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His work has appeared in a host of the nation’s leading magazines and literary journals, including The Georgia Review, The Southern ReviewThe Missouri ReviewHarvard Review, TriQuarterlyOrion, The Sun, High Country News, and Slate. His debut novel Fall Back Down When I Die comes out this spring.

Once again, thank you all for your faith in us. We hope you will consider entering the competition again next year. The deadline will again be May 15, and the address and fee will also remain the same.

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