Joe Bolton Poetry Award

*Submissions for the inaugural Joe Bolton Poetry Award are now closed. Submissions will open again in 2019.

The inaugural Joe Bolton Poetry Award will award $400 and publication in the 2018 Winter Issue of Twyckenham Notes for a single poem or small group of poems. Poet David Dodd Lee will judge.

There is a $10 entry fee. Complete submission details found below.


The award is named in honor of the late poet, Joe Bolton, born December 3, 1961 in Cadiz, Kentucky. Bolton released two books of poetry: Breckinridge County Suite (The Cummington Press, 1987) and Days of Summer Gone (Galileo Press, 1990). After his death, The University of Arkansas Press released The Last Nostalgia, edited by Donald Justice. The book is still in print.

Joe Bolton. Photograph by Tonya Parsons.


David Dodd Lee is the author of ten books of poems, including Orphan, Indiana (Akron, 2010) and And Others, Vaguer Presences, a new book of Ashbery erasure poems published by BlazeVox in 2017. Lee is the director of 42 Miles Press, which is based in the Department of English at Indiana University South Bend. He serves as the judge for the annual 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. Winners of the book award include Allan Peterson, Carrie Oeding, Erica Bernheim, Bill Rasmovicz, and Betsy Andrews.


  • All submissions will be handled through Submittable.
  • Please send up to 7 poems in a single .doc, .docx, or PDF document. The submission limit is 7 poems; any poems after the seventh will not be read.
  • Poems must be in English.
  • Please do not include any identifying information on the poems themselves. All work will be read blind.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay. We will accept previously unpublished work only. This includes work that has appeared on personal blogs and websites.
  • Include a third person bio and previous publications in the cover letter box in Submittable.
  • Use a standard font.
  • Poets may submit multiple times, but must pay the submission fee each time.
  • All poems entered will automatically be considered for publication in future issues of Twyckenham Notes.

We are interested in poetry of all styles, but none in which the writer-reader connection is lost entirely. Edgy is good; so is heart. We want kinetic poetry with lifeblood and plenty of momentum.

Upon publication, Twyckenham Notes acquires First North American Serial Rights, the right to archive your work online, use of promotional materials, and to reprint as part of an anthology. If your work is subsequently published elsewhere (in a book of poems or anthology), please mention that it first appeared here.

*Austin Veldman and Twyckenham Notes would like to thank all of those who made the naming of this award in Joe’s honor possible — especially Mike Bieker of the University of Arkansas Press, and Joe’s father Ed.