A Happy Surprise While Unpacking Boxes in Greensboro, North Carolina

Dear Alexis,

Congratulations! Your poem “Empty Souls” has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 Rattle Poetry Prize. The award is $500 and publication in this winter’s issue of Rattle. The poem is also eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award, which gives one of the ten finalists $5,000 by subscriber vote, after publication (voting deadline is February 1st).

Tomorrow the 15th we’ll be announcing the first prize winner:

“Pantoum from the Window of the Room Where I Write”
Alison Townsend
Stoughton, Wisconsin

Editor Timothy Green mentioned that the ten finalists poems were chosen from 18,000 entries. I am delighted to share the news and look forward to reading all of the poems. Congratulations to Alison Townsend!