Announcing the Winners of the TQ Prizes in Poetry & Prose


The Editors are delighted to announce that Andrew Deloss Eaton and J.L. Cooper are the winners of the Tupelo Quarterly Prizes in Poetry and Prose.



POETRY: Andrew Deloss Eaton, “War Music.”

“‘War Music’ is an ambitious exploration of what music is, what it conjures, and what it becomes amid the urgencies of lived experience,” writes Tracy K. Smith, our poetry judge. “In Eaton’s capable hands, music becomes a poignant accompaniment to grief and fear, and a vehicle for departure, or deliverance.”


Andrew Deloss Eaton was born in San Diego, California and currently lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland where his wife is from. His poems appear in or are forthcoming from Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Magma, Narrative and Poetry Ireland Review among other places. His debut pamphlet of poems will be published in 2016.


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PROSE: J.L. Cooper, “Path of the Ground Birds.”

“The story ‘Path of the Ground Birds’ quietly meditates upon the efficacy of intervening in the dark course of human events,” writes Adam Johnson, our prose judge. “Here, notes of hope, futility and yearnings deferred echo like the songs of endangered warblers as a surgeon and his naturalist wife ponder whether their best efforts at improving the world are good enough.”


J.L Cooper is a writer and psychologist in Sacramento, California. He is winner of First Place in Short Short Fiction in New Millennium Writings, 2013, and Second Place in Essay in Literal Latte, 2014. His short stories and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in The Manhattan Review, Oberon Poetry Magazine, Gold Man Review, Kentucky Review, Subliminal Interiors, temenos, The Sun (Reader’s Write), and in other journals and anthologies.


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Many thanks to all who entered and to our judges, Tracy K. Smith and Adam Johnson.