We’re excited to announce the Atticus Review 2019 Poetry Contest winners. Congratulations to the writers below!

Thank you to all the wonderful writers who entered and Paul Guest for selecting the contest winners!

1st Prize

“A Hammer Weighs Nothing at the Top of Its Arc” by Josh Myers

Josh MyersJosh Myers is from Heidelberg, Germany. His poems have appeared in Passages North, Missouri Review, Copper Nickel, Nashville Review, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere, and he has been featured at Poetry Daily. After receiving his MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, he moved to Nashville with his wife, superpoet Jessica Lynn Suchon, and their dog, Gracie.





You can read Josh’s Winning Poem below:

A Hammer Weighs Nothing at the Top of Its Arc


2nd Prize

“What to Say” by Connie Post

Connie PostConnie Post served as first Poet Laureate of Livermore, California Her work has appeared in Calyx, Comstock Review, Cold Mountain Review, Slipstream, Spillway, River Styx, Spoon River Poetry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Verse Daily. Her first full length book Floodwater (Glass Lyre Press) won the 2014 Lyrebird Award. Her chapbook “And When the Sun Drops” won the 2012 Aurorean Editor’s chapbook prize. Her poetry awards include the 2018 Liakoura Award, the Caesura Award and the 2016 Crab Creek Poetry Award.




Read Connie’s Poem below:

What to Say


3rd Prize

“Desert Vacation” by Emily Lake Hansen

Emily Lake HansenEmily Lake Hansen is the author of Home and Other Duty Stations (Kelsay Books, forthcoming 2020) and the chapbook “The Way the Body Had to Travel” (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Nightjar Review, SWWIM Every Day, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and BARNHOUSE among others. A 2018 Best of the Net nominee, she serves as the Poetry Editor for Minerva Rising Press and spends most of her time playing children’s board games in Atlanta.




Read Emily’s poem below:

Desert Vacation