Submissions are closed for the 2022 Furious Flower Poetry Prize

2022 Winners

Ariana Benson - Winner

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benin-lemusBenin Lemus - Honorable Mention

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Ashunda Norris, "Plantation Etymology"

Vernita Hall, "The Lost Boys"

Amy M. Alvarez, "Queensborough"

Janel Cloyd, "Birthright, Bewitching, Belief"

Oak Morse, "After We Sip Shug Avery"

Past Winners
2022 - Judged by Tim Seibles
  • Ariana Benson - Winner
  • Benin Lemus - Honorable Mention
2021 - Judged by Erica Hunt
2020 - Judged by Kei Miller
2019 - Judged by A Van Jordan
2018 - Judged by Marilyn Nelson
2017: Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize - Judged by Patricia Smith
Furious Flower Quarantine Kwansaba Contest

Furious Flower Poetry Contest for emerging creative writers in response to the COVID-19 quarantine. 

Turning Angel C. Dye

Quarantine Kwansaba Winning Poem, 2020


My panic does not move heaven so

I try turning instead; till terror into

verse, plant praise song and patient seeds

for what remains of spring. Breather- full,

deep. Drink salt- sweet to shed when 

I weep, but I never wither. Intern;

turn inward, away from fear of still. 



Glens Redmond, Believed to be the First Black Woman Photographed with a Typewriter, and Sherese Francis, Dream Conducts a Mother Tongue's Memory.

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