Two WITS Writers Named Best New Poets 2012

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August 29, 2012 by witshouston

WITS writers Meggie Monahan and Chuck Carlise made the final 50 for Best New Poets 2012. The final 50 were named earlier this month. We are so proud!

Meggie Monahan

Chuck Carlise

Selected poems:

Chuck Carlise, “A compendium of photographs: L’inconnue de la seine”

Meggie Monahan, “No Such Thing as Acceptance”

Best New Poets is an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers. Each year, a guest editor selects 50 poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an Open Internet Competition.


-Number of submissions (with 1-2 poems each): 1715

-Number of selections sent to the guest editor: We literally lost count.

-Number of male finalists: 24
-Number of female finalists: 26

-States with the most finalists: NY (11), WI (4), AZ (3), NC (3), TX (3), WA (3)
-Number of finalists selected who were nominated by a journal or school: 8
-Number of finalists selected from the Open Competition: 42

Best New Poets 2012 will be published in November. Visit their site for more details.


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