Announcing our TQ24 Contest Judges

 Tupelo Quarterly is reading submissions for a special issue focused on writers of color. 

All submission fees will be waived for this contest, with honoraria offered to our winners and contest judges.  All finalists and semi-finalists will be published in this issue. 

Meet our TQ24 Poetry Contest Judge

CM Burroughs is Associate Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of two collections: The Vital System and Master Suffering. Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Cave Canem Foundation. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. Burroughs’ poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry magazine, CallaloojubilatPloughsharesVOLTBest American Experimental Writing Anthology, and The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. Burroughs has given readings, lectures, and writing workshops across America and internationally.


Meet our TQ24 Prose Contest Judge

Samuel Kọ́láwọlé’s debut novel The Road to Salt Sea is forthcoming from Amistad/Harper Collins. Kọ́láwọlé was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in AGNI, Gulf Coast, Washington Square Review, Consequence, and is forthcoming from Harvard Review. 

His work has been supported with fellowships, residencies, and scholarships from the Norman Mailer Centre, International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, Clarion West Writers Workshop, Wellstone Centre in the Redwoods California, and Island Institute. 

Kọ́láwọlé studied at the University of Ibadan and holds a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing with distinction from Rhodes University, South Africa. He received an MFA in Writing and Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Atlanta, where he is working towards his Ph.D. at Georgia State University.


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