A panel of five final judges, representing a cross-section of the American poetry community, chooses the winners from submissions postmarked on or before July 1 each year.

A group of qualified screeners meets at CGU’s Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards offices to screen all submissions and select approximately 50 semi-finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and 25 semi-finalists for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award to forward to the final judges.

Members of the 2019 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards final judging panel are:
Timothy Donnelly, 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award recipient and Associate Professor at Columbia University
Cathy Park Hong, poet, poetry editor at the New Republic, and professor at Rutgers-Newark University
Khadijah Queen, poet and playwright
Luis J. Rodriguez, poet, writer, and founding editor of Tia Chucha Press
Sandy Solomon, poet and teacher at Vanderbilt University

The decision of the panel of judges is final. Competition results will be announced on our website in February/March 2019.