Final judge announced for Xpress’ 2019 Poetry Contest

Justin Blackburn, center, will serve as the final judge for this year's Xpress poetry contest. Photo by Libby Gamble

Local poet, performer and event curator Justin Blackburn will serve as the final judge for this year’s Xpress poetry contest. The winning poem will be published online and in print in one of Xpress’ April issues.

Blackburn is the co-creator of the Humansandpoetry collective and its event arm, the Asheville Biscuit Head Slam Poetry Series.

More information about the contest:

Xpress announces a 2019 poetry contest in celebration of National Poetry Month and our four-issue Sustainability series in April.

Poets are asked to submit work around the theme what Western North Carolina’s environment means to you. Poems should be no longer than one typed page in a 12-point font and must be previously unpublished.

Submissions will be accepted throughout the month of February. The contest will close at midnight on Thursday, Feb. 28. Email the poem in the body of the message or as a Doc attachment to The subject line should read “Xpress poetry contest.” Include the author’s full name and contact information in the email. Only one submission is allowed per person. There is no cost to enter.

The contest is not open to Xpress employees or freelance contributors.

Contact Alli Marshall at with any questions.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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