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 Review, Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Poetry, Southern Review, and TriQuarterly, among others. Until retiring, he was the longstanding Director of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where he 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 are currently CLOSED to entries for the 2021 Gregory Djanikian Scholars opportunity, and will reopen to submissions in the fall.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIPS
We annually recognize six emerging student or non-student poets as Gregory Djanikian Scholars. All emerging writers who have not published full-length collectionsare eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status), and are encouraged to submit. Writers with forthcoming debut full-length collections are eligible so long as collections won’t appear earlier than September 2020.
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, Sojourners of the In-Between, and a list of semifinalists determined by the editors will be released with results.
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Submissions may 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publication history for enclosed poems is included in the submission and b) at least one poem in the submission remains unpublished. Submitters should reach out promptly via email (email@example.com) if work disclosed as unpublished is accepted elsewhere.
Writers are welcome to additionally submit enclosed work to the Adroit Prizes as well as through our general submission portal. Each writer may not send more than one entry per year for Djanikian Scholars.
As mentioned above, all emerging writers who have not published full-length collectionsare 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. 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 with this form. Due to fee waivers’ processing time, fee waivers will only be accepted until December 13th, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan Byrdlong, of Ann Arbor, Michigan Steven Duong, of San Diego, California Sara Elkamel, of Brooklyn, New York Matthew Gellman, of Brooklyn, New York Ae Hee Lee, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Gabriella R. Tallmadge, of Murrieta, California
Imani Davis, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Chelsea B. DesAutels, of Minneapolis, Minnesota Jacob Lindberg, of Victoria, Minnesota Zach Linge, of Tallahassee, Florida Emily Lee Luan, of Brooklyn, New York Sahar Romani, of Jackson Heights, New York
Jessica Abughattas, of Altadena, California Kiran Bath, of New York, New York Daniel Barnum, of Columbus, Ohio Stephanie Chang, of British Columbia, Canada Amanda Gunn, of Cambridge, Massachusetts C.X. Hua, of Brooklyn, New York Hannah Perrin King, of Cool, California Max McDonough, of New York, New York
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
Hannah Perrin King, of Brooklyn, NY T. J. McLemore, of Boulder, CO Chad Morgan, of Chicago, IL Avia Tadmor, of New York, NY
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
K Ming 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
GradyChambers, of Philadelphia, PA Aidan Forster, of Greenville, SC Shelley Wong, of Long Beach, CA
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