All accepted poetry submissions are considered for a $100 award, funded by ellipsis..., and two copies of the issue.


2021 Judge: Laurie Ann Guerrero

Laurie Ann Guerrero was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio. She is the author of a chapbook, Babies Under the Skin (Panhandler Publishing, 2008); Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying (Notre Dame, 2013) winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize; and A Crown for Gumecindo (Aztlan Libre 2015). I Have Eaten the Rattlesnake: New & Selected is forthcoming in Fall 2020 from TCU Press). Guerrero was appointed Poet Laureate of San Antonio in 2014, the Poet Laureate of State of Texas in 2016, and is the Writer-in-Residence at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She will judge Westminster’s student writing awards and the 2021 ellipsis prize.

2020 Judge: Don Bogen

The 2020 award judge is Don Bogen, author of five books of poetry, most recently Immediate Song from Milkweed Editions. His other two books are a critical study of Theodore Roethke and a translation of selected poems by the contemporary Spanish poet Julio Martínez Mesanza. He has collaborated with composers from the US and abroad. His fellowships include the National Endowment for the Arts, the Camargo Foundation, and Fulbright positions in Spain and at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Belfast.

2019 Judge: Camille T. Dungy

The 2019 award judge is Camille T. Dungy, author of the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and four collections of poetry—most recently Trophic Cascade. She has edited many anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. Her honors include NEA Fellowships in both poetry and prose, an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and two NAACP Image Award nominations. She is a professor at Colorado State University.


ellipsis… Award

Sonnet for Dolores O’Riordan by Lyd Havens

Judged by Camille Dungy

Lyd Havens’ work has previously been published in Winter Tangerine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Glass: a Journal of Poetry, among others. They are the author of the chapbook I Gave Birth to All the Ghosts Here (Nostrovia! Press, 2018), and are currently working towards a BFA in Creative Writing at Boise State University. They were born on their due date and have been intensely punctual ever since.

Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Contest

black dog black dog black dog, A Fear, and A Truth by Kate Wilson

Judged by Camille Dungy

Kate Wilson is a junior English major at Westminster College. They are an interview correspondent with Half Mystic Press and serve as a poetry editor for ellipsis… Literature & Art and Rose Quartz Magazine. Their work can be found with Pressure Gauge Press and Philosophical Idiot, among others.

Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Student Prose Contest

Lost by Lela Howard

Judged by Camille Dungy

Lela Howard was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, although her writing has been most inspired by her trips to the East Coast. She is an avid reader and short fiction enthusiast. She plans on majoring in English and eventually publishing a New York Times best seller!