Results of the 2023 Poetry Prize

Winner(s) (Tied) 

Can Buddhists Wear Mascara? (and Other Things I’ve Googled) by Jenny Noble Anderson

And This House Is Only a Nest by Jose Oseguera



River Kith by Jacqueline Haskins


Honorable Mentions

Visions from Mount Tom by Connor Hebert

The Ancient Ways by Jeffrey Bernstein

The Velocity of Sorrow by Radha Marcum

Wild Gardens by Sara Letourneau

Rite-of-Passage by Alia Stewart-Silver 

how to submit

The 2024 Poetry Prize is now Open!


Details about the 2024 Poetry Prize

The deadline for entries is May 25th, 2024.

On August 15, 2024, we will announce one winner from the entries, a finalist, and honorable mentions. Homebound Publications will publish the winning manuscript in April 2025. The winning author will be offered a royalty contract and publication in ebook, paperback, and audiobook. 

To enter, submit a manuscript between 48-75 pages in length (front and back matter are not included in page count) by May 31st, 2024. The entry fee is $25.00.

The editorial staff at Homebound Publications will judge the contest. The contest is not judged blind.

All entries will be considered for publication. We routinely publish manuscripts that are chosen for honorable mentions when the budget allows.

Entry Guidelines & Eligibility 

  • To enter, the poetry collection must be previously unpublished.
  • A limited number of individual poems may have appeared in print or online but the poet must hold sole rights to the work.
  • Only authors who currently reside in the United States of America may enter.
  • Manuscripts must be in English.
  • Multiple entries by a single author are wel­come but a sep­a­rate entry forms and fees must be paid for each entry.
  • The manuscript must be no less than 48 and no more than 75 pages in length.
  • Employees and authors of Homebound Publications and its divisions are not eligible.

Entry by Post Mail

(Editor’s Note: While we are aware of the extra packaging required when sending via post, at this time we prefer entrants to send their submissions to us via USPS. When we complete our review of your materials, all packaging materials and paper are recycled.)

For those of you entering by post mail please include the following in your entry:

  • The full man­u­script
  • A brief biographical state­ment
  • Check made payable to: Homebound Publications
  • Self-address stamped post­card (Should you desire con­fir­ma­tion of receipt of your entry.)

Post entries should be sent to:

Homebound Publications

Attn: Poetry Prize

PO Box 1601 Northampton, MA 01060

[Please note:] Manuscripts sub­mitted to the con­test via post mail will not be returned. Please do not send us the original copy of your man­u­script.

Entering Online

To enter online, you may submit your manuscript and payment via our secure submission platform here: Submit

  • Please send us the full man­u­script
  • Brief biographical statement
  • You can pay the $25.00 entry fee via Submittable’s platform.


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