For over 60 years 92Y’s Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets like John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, Mark Strand, Larry Levis, Mary Jo Bang, Solmaz Sharif and Diana Khoi Nguyen, to name but a few.
The winners of this year's contest are Kenzie Allen, Ina Cariño, Mag Gabbert and Alexandra Zukerman. Each one receives a reading at 92Y, publication in The Paris Review Daily, a stay at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan and $500.
The runners-ups are Walter Ancarrow, Hannah Loeb, Dāshaun Washington and JinJin Xu.
This year’s preliminary judges were Timothy Donnelly and Julia Guez, winner of the Discovery Prize in 2013. Rick Barot, Mónica de la Torre and Patricia Spears Jones served as final judges.
This contest is endowed by Joan L. and Dr. Julius H. Jacobson, II.