The Gregory Djanikian Scholarships

Gregory Djanikian was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and came to the United States when he was eight years old. He has published six poetry collections, the latest of which is Dear Gravity (CMU Press). His work appears in American Poetry ReviewBest American PoetryBoulevardPoetrySouthern Review, and TriQuarterly, among others. Until retiring, he was the longstanding Director of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where he still teaches poetry workshops.

Greg’s insight and instruction has greatly enriched both the Adroit Journal as well as its staff of emerging writers. We’d like to recognize and encourage the gift of such support by offering it ourselves, to six writers in need of affirmation and support. In honor of Greg’s contribution to emerging student and non-student writers at Penn and around the world, we hope to recognize talent from around the world and open them to a long future in writing. 

We will open to submissions for the upcoming Gregory Djanikian Scholarship Program on November 1st, 2019.

 

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIPS

We will be annually recognizing six emerging student or non-student poets as Gregory Djanikian Scholars. All emerging writers who have not published full-length collections are eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status), and are encouraged to submit.

Gregory Djanikian Scholars receive $100 and publication of their portfolios of poems in a future issue of the Adroit Journal. Finalists will be awarded copies of Greg’s latest collection, Dear Gravity, and a list of semifinalists determined by the editors will be released with results.

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submissions for the 2019 Djanikian Scholars cohort are closed. We will open to submissions for 2020 Djanikian Scholars cohort in Fall 2019.

Submissions should include up to six poems (max of ten single-spaced pages). Simultaneous submissions, previously published submissions, and submissions recognized by outside organizations are accepted, provided that a) a full catalogue of publication history for enclosed poems is included in the submission and b) at least one poem in the submission remains unpublished. Submitters should reach out promptly via email (editors@theadroitjournal.org) if work acknowledged as unpublished in the cover letter is accepted elsewhere.

Writers are welcome to additionally submit enclosed work to the Adroit Prizes as well as through our general submission portal. However, each writer may not send more than one entry per year for the Gregory Djanikian Scholars designation.

As mentioned above, all emerging writers who have not published full-length collections are eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status), and Gregory Djanikian Scholars will receive $100 and publication in a future issue of the Adroit Journal. Additionally, finalists will be awarded copies of Greg’s latest collection, Dear Gravity, and a list of semifinalists determined by the editors will be released with results.

To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $9. If you require financial assistance, you may submit a fee waiver by downloading this form and following the instructions. Due to fee waivers’ processing time, fee waivers will only be accepted until December 14th, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST.

Please direct any questions to editors@theadroitjournal.org. 

 

The Scholars

2019

Scholars

Gabrielle Bates, of Seattle, WA
Bernard Ferguson, of Brooklyn, NY
Aidan Forster, of Greenville, SC
Dan Kraines, of Brooklyn, NY
Alycia Pirmohamed, of Edinburgh, Scotland
Leslie Sainz, of Lewisburg, PA

Finalists

Hannah Perrin King, of Brooklyn, NY
T. J. McLemore, of Boulder, CO
Chad Morgan, of Chicago, IL
Avia Tadmor, of New York, NY

Semifinalists

Threa Almontaser, of Raleigh, NC
Antonio de Jesús López, of East Palo Alto, CA
Kathryn Hargett, of Birmingham, AL
Kaja Rae Lucas, of Laurel, MD
John Paul Martinez, of Madison, WI
Evan McGarvey, of Dallas, TX
Megan Denton Ray, of Chattanooga, TN
Lauren Schlesinger, of Oak Park, IL
Seth Simons, of Walnut Creek, CA
Jess Smith, of Lubbock, TX
Rushi Vyas, of Brooklyn, NY

 

2018

Scholars

Kristin Chang, of Bronxville, NY
Robin Estrin, of Santa Cruz, CA
Paige Lewis, of Tallahassee, FL
Brandon Melendez, of Cambridge, MA
Michael M. Weinstein, of New Haven, CT
Keith S. Wilson, of Chicago, IL

Finalists

Grady Chambers, of Philadelphia, PA
Aidan Forster, of Greenville, SC
Shelley Wong, of Long Beach, CA

Semifinalists

Alex Chertok, of Dryden, NY
Lyrik Courtney, of Decatur, GA
Kate Gaskin, of Montgomery, AL
Matthew Gellman, of Brooklyn, NY
Alycia Pirmohamed, of Scotland
Joey Reisberg, of Towson, MD