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

A group of qualified screeners will meet at Claremont Graduate University’s Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards Office to screen all submissions. No more than 50 finalists will be forwarded to the final judges for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and 25 for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

The panel of final judges for the 2018 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards will be announced in Fall 2017.

The decision of the panel of judges is final. Competition results will be announced on our website in February/March 2018.

Members of the 2017 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards judging panel were:

Don Share, chair; poet and editor of POETRY Magazine

Elena Karina Byrne, poet, Poetry Curator/Moderator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Terrance Hayes, 2000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award Recipient, poet, and professor at the University of Pittsburgh

Meghan O’Rourke, poet, essayist, editor, and literary critic

Brian Kim Stefans, poet and Professor of English at University of California, Los Angeles