Justin Hunt


Charlotte, NC
North Carolina US

Author's Bio

JUSTIN HUNT grew up in rural Kansas and lives in Charlotte, NC. Fluent in German and Spanish, Hunt has won several awards, including 1st place in the Live Canon International Poetry (U.K.) and Porter Fleming Literary compeititons, 2nd place in the River Styx and Strokestown (Ireland) international contests, and honorable mentions and commendations in numerous other competitions, including the NORward Prize (New Ohio Review), the Patricia Cleary Miller Award (New Letters), the Rumi Prize (Arts & Letters), the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize, the Bridport Prize (U.K.), and the Gregory O’Donoghue Competition (Ireland). Hunt’s work also appears or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Five Points, Harpur Palate, Michigan Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, Nimrod, The Florida Review, Solstice, The Journal, Puerto del Sol, Terrain.org and Bellingham Review, among other publications. He is currently assembling a debut poetry collection and working on a memoir about his father, who was born in 1897 to Kansas settlers.

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 

Runner-Up, Cider Press Review Book Award, 2023; First Place, Live Canon International Poetry Competition (U.K.), 2023; First Runner-Up, Julia Peterkin Award for Poetry, South 85 Journal, 2022; Finalist, The Lascaux Prize in Poetry, 2022; First Prize in Poetry, Porter Fleming Literary Competition, 2021; Finalist, Patricia Cleary Miller Award for Poetry, New Letters, 2021; Finalist, Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize, 2021; Finalist, James Applewhite Poetry Prize, North Carolina Literary Review, 2021; Long List, National Poetry Competition, The Poetry Society (U.K.), 2020; Highly Commended, Bridport Prize for Poetry (U.K.), 2020; 2nd Place, Strokestown International Poetry Prize (Ireland), 2020; Finalist, Crosswinds Poetry Contest, 2020 and 2021; Short List, Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition (Ireland), 2019; Finalist, NORward Prize for Poetry, New Ohio Review, 2019; Finalist, Rumi Prize for Poetry, Arts & Letters, 2018; Finalist, Nonfiction Award, American Literary Review, 2017; Honorable Mention, Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, 2017;  International Merit Award, The Atlanta Review, 2017;  Finalist, Knightville Poetry Contest, The New Guard Literary Review, 2017; Finalist, Poet Laureate Award, North Carolina Poetry Society, 2017; Finalist, Dana Award in Poetry, 2016; International Publication Prize, The Atlanta Review, 2015 and 2016; Finalist, Dogwood Literary Prize, 2016; Honorable Mention, Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, WinningWriters.com, 2015; 1st Runner Up, Editors’ Prize, Spoon River Poetry Review, 2015; 1st Place, Whispering Prairie Press Poetry Prize, Kansas City Voices, 2015; 2nd Prize, Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, Comstock Review, 2015.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
B.H. Fairchild, Jack Gilbert, Arseny Tarkovsky, Brian Turner, Charles Wright, Marion Gräfin von Dönhoff, Hans Graf von Lehndorff, Laurie Lee, Erich Maria Remarque, Bernhard Schlink
What I'm reading now: 
First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami, The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage, The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert, The Fears by Kevin Prufer

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Fluent in: 
German, Spanish
Born in: 
Wichita, KS
Raised in: 
Conway Springs, KS
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Last update: Feb 05, 2024