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You Tell Me is the theme of Mudfish 23 print literary journal. Honesty, emotion, shock, subtlety, poems whose reverberant language and intensity awaken more poems in the reader’s mind. And while the first Mudfish published in 1984 was a slender issue, it has expanded to include poetry, fiction, and artwork. This issue includes the winner of the 16th Mudfish Poetry Prize judged by Marie Howe, “The Voice of One Crying” by Alyssa Stadtlander, as well as honorable mentions by Micahel Miller and Willam Barnes. Readers can also enjoy contributions from Stephanie Emily Dickinson, Paula Finn, Susan Stringfellow, Janet Kirchheimer, Mary Black, George Kramer, Michael Alexander Guy, Timothy J. Nolan, Rachelle Jewell Shapiro, Allison Hammond, Raphaela Simon, Timothy Yanick Hunter, Josina LeWuan, Theodore Darst, Paul Wuensche, and many more. Editor Jill Hoffman strives to select work that is a memorable experience and to make each issue a work of art.

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Mudfish – No. 22

Mudfish 22 is here and is bursting with poems, prose and art, that are revelations, that grab you by the lapels, that defy forgetting. They are before and after visions and celebrations of our world today. Guest art editor John Yau has filled the pages with work from young New York-based artists that is immediate and sparkling.

15th Mudfish Poetry Prize Winners

The 15th annual Mudfish Poetry Prize was judged by Erica Jong, author of The World Began With Yes (Red Hen Press, 2019).

The grand prize winner is Mark Schimmoeller from Frankfort, Kentucky with his poem “Benediction.”

First honorable mention is Cornelia Hoogland’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” and the second honorable mentions is James Trask’s “Springtime and Single Again.”

First place winner and the two honorable mentions will be featured in Mudfish 22 which will soon be available and don’t forget to stay tuned for news announcing the 16th annual Mudfish Poetry Prize deadline and guidelines.


Madeline Artenberg
Kew Gardens, New York

Adrian Blevins
Waterville, Maine

Paola Bruni
Aptos, California

Cornelia Hoogland
Hornby Island, Canada

Daniel Liebert
St. Louis, Missouri

Tim Louis Macaluso
Rochester, New York

Samuel Oguntoyinbo
Solon, Ohio

Mark Schimmoeller
Frankfort, Kentucky

Don Schofield
Thessaloniki, Greece

Deborah Schupack
Croton-on-Hudson, New York

James Trask
San Marcos, Texas

Laurie Zimmerman
Los Angeles, California

Mudfish Writing Workshop Goes Virtual

Mudfish founding editor Jill Hoffman leads a combined workshop of poetry and fiction in Tribeca, New York. These workshops are open to writers of all levels and are now being conducted virtually via ZOOM. Writers get to read aloud each week and give and receive honest and constructive criticism. Editors for Mudfish are also recruited from these workshops.

Sessions are being offered Monday or Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 11:00 PM. Visit their website to learn more.

Are You Somebody I Should Know? Mudfish Individual Poet Series #14

Girl floating in book outside a white house

Mudfish has released the 14th installment in their Individual Poet Series. Are You Somebody I Should Know? by Dell Lemmon. Art critic and poet John Yau says that Lemmon’s “memoir poems, as she calls them, are strong rivers pulling you into their currents. Her poems are pared down and direct and move at a rapid clip without ever tripping over themselves.” Jason Koo, Founder and Executive Director of Brooklyn Poets, says Lemmon’s book will convince you that you have missed so “much of your life, haven’t truly seen it, haven’t treasured nearly enough of all your friends, your loves, your family, let alone all the people you thought were not important enough to know.”

Are You Somebody I Should Know is available via SPD, Amazon, and Mudfish‘s website.

14th Mudfish Poetry Prize Winner & Honorable Mentions

Mudfish - January 2020The newest issue of Mudfish features the winner and honorable mentions of the 14th Mudfish Poetry Prize. The 2019 judge was John Yau.

“Fluencies” by Mark Wagenaar

Honorable Mentions
“Not Yet Across” by G. Hanlon
“Crossing Lake Pontchartrain” by Stokes Howell

The 15th Mudfish Poetry Prize is currently open until March 15 and will be judged by poet and novelist Erica Jong.

Mudfish – No. 21

Mudfish - January 2020

The newest issue of Mudfish features the winner of the 14th Mudfish Poetry Prize, judged by John Yau: Mark Wagenaar with “Fluencies.” Honorable mentions G. Hanlon and Stokes Howell are also included. Other contributors this issue: Dell Lemmon, Michael Lyle, Aillie McKeever, Beth Suter, Claire Scott, Vincent Bell, Marjorie Power, Angela Dribben, Yuyutsu Sharma, Holly Day, Jason Koo, James Trask, Jake Bauer, Francis Klein, Neal Zirn, Bob Coles, A. Kaiser, Kristin Entler, Tim Nolan, Kirk Wilson, Toni Hanner, and many more.

Updated :: 15th Annual Mudfish Poetry Prize

Mudfish 21 coverLiterary magazine Mudfish has announced it is now accepting submissions for its 15th Mudfish Poetry Prize. This year’s judge is Erica Jong, American novelist, satirist, and poet.

Mudfish is accepting both snail mail and email entries to the contest. You can submit up to 3 poems for $20. $3 fee for each additional poem.

Mail entries to Mudfish, 184 Franklin St, Ground Fl., New York, NY 10013 or email to [email protected]. Deadline to enter is March 15. On March 5, Mudfish announced they are extending the contest deadline to May 15, 2020.

Winners of last year’s contest, judged by John Yau, can be read in Issue 21 which is now available for pre-order.