American Chess Journal, 1881 (1st Problem Tourney)
The incarnation of American Chess Journal referenced here was
edited by E. Barbe, and published between Oct., 1879 and Apr., 1881
An earlier publication of the same name (ed. C. C. Moore,
1878–1879; Betts 7-24,) also held a problem tourney called
First Problem Tourney, which may cause some confusion.
Closing dates were originally 1881-02-01 (America) / 1881-03-01 (foreign). The extension was made because too few problems had been received.
The requirement of publication indicates that the problems must have been received in time to be published in the Jan. 1882 issue. However, the closing date was later than that, unless perhaps that issue was published in February.
The last known issue was no. 3 of volume 2. The later history of the tourney is not known.