For over 60 years our Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets, like John Ashbery, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Mark Strand, Lucille Clifton and Nick Flynn, to name a few.

Now joining this storied list of winners are Jessica Fjeld, Jenny George, Margaret Reges and Kit Schluter. The contest runners-up were Kenzie Allen, Becca Liu, Beth Seetch and Jeannie Vanasco.

The four winners will receive a reading at 92Y, publication in Boston Review and $500 each.

The preliminary judges were Timothy Donnelly and Camille Rankine. The final judges were Peter Gizzi, Atsuro Riley and Susan Stewart. We received over 1,100 manuscripts this year—all of which were read anonymously, with conflicts of interest disclosed and discussed throughout the process.


Jessica Fjeld is the author of the chapbooks The Tide (Pilot Books, 2010) and On animate life (Poetry Society of America, 2006), for which she received the PSA's Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The Boston Review, Conduit, iO, jubilat, Poetry magazine and elsewhere. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and now lives in Boston, where she works as a lawyer.


Jenny George’s poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, FIELD, Indiana Review and Shenandoah. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fund, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo Corporation. Jenny lives in Santa Fe, NM, where she helps run a foundation that promotes the integration of social justice and contemplative practice. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Margaret Reges is from Michigan. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have appeared in New Orleans Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Iowa Review, jubilat, B O D Y and elsewhere. She lives in Iowa City, where she teaches undergraduate writing courses at the University of Iowa.


Kit Schluter is translator of The Book of Monelle by Marcel Schwob, The Cold by Jaime Saenz and, in collaboration with Jocelyn Spaar, Circle of Dogs by Amandine André. His personal writing can be found in Boston Review, BOMB and Poor Claudia's 10 Sources project, as well as in the newly released chapbook Inclusivity Blueprint. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he curates the monthly house reading series Wild Combination, and co-edits O'clock Press.


This contest is endowed by Joan L. and Dr. Julius H. Jacobson, II.