Peter Meinke Prize in Poetry


Shall we say I’m tickled?

Official Announcement:

Tampa, FL—YellowJacket Press announces the winner of the 2018 Peter Meinke Prize for a poetry chapbook.

Barbara Young of White Bluff Tennessee has won the YellowJacket Press Peter Meinke Prize for a poetry chapbook for her manuscript Testify. She will receive $500, 50 copies of the book, and is invited to read with other YJP poets in October at the Other Words Conference in Tampa.

As They Were by Milton Bates was first runner-up and will also be published. Finalists included Anna Weaver for you in a different country; Nicole Santalucia for Spoiled Meat; Jane Terrell for Heartbroke and Lucky; and Andrew Luft for Dailies. Congratulations to all.

Manuscripts were judged anonymously by our editorial board. All entrants may request a copy of the winning book.

The competition is named for Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of Florida, and mentor and professor to thousands of poets over the past several decades. This was the first year that the competition was open to all US poets. Until this year, the contest was only open to Florida poets. Previous winners include Melissa Carroll for The Karma Machine; J.D. Scott for Night Errands; George Bishop for Following Myself Home; and Aliesa Zoecklein for At Each Moment, Air.

The mission of YellowJacket Press is to support emerging and established poets in Florida (and now the U.S.) with an annual chapbook contest, chapbook publications, and public readings. YellowJacket Press creates a means for poets to share and promote their work, and nurtures a sense of community among poets and audiences across the state.

For more information about YellowJacket Press or the chapbook contest check the website at, the YJP Facebook page or contact