Winner: Writing the Significant Soil by David Anthony Sam
David Anthony Sam lives in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda. His poetry has appeared in over 90 journals and his poem, “First and Last,” won the 2018 Rebecca Lard Award. Six of his collections are in print including Final Inventory (Prolific Press 2018), Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson, 2016 Grand Prize winner of the GFT Press Chapbook Contest, and Dark Fathers (Kelsay Books 2019). He teaches creative writing at Germanna Community College, from where he retired as President in 2017 and serves as the Regional VP on the Board of the Virginia Poetry Society.
Finalist: Walk Deep by Abigail Prout
Abigail believes in the power of creativity to grow conscious evolution. Specializing in feminine-forward leadership through online courses and in-person retreats, she has worked with thousands of leaders throughout her 20 year career as a professional leadership coach. She has spent the last 25 years helping clients developing mastery of relational intelligence to create positive change. Her motto is “We are here to learn with each other”. Abigail has worked as a professional Co-Active coach for the last 20 years and has spent the last 7 years as faculty for the Co-Active Training Institute, leading their coaching and leadership courses. Abigail’s style is creative, direct and out of the box. She inspires spiritual truth to be lived out loud in all areas of life. She is a passionate poetess and writer who returned to live on the wild island where she grew up in Washington State with her husband, Clive, their two tweening daughters, Iona and Sophia, and her silky black lab, Bella.
Design by Therea Burns
Grasping at this Planet Just to Believe by Tanzila Ahmed
Turn to Greet the Sun by Laurel Trautwein
How Light Changes in Space by Kirsten Chen
The Ragged Atlas by Alisha Goldblatt
Pneumonia Weather by Corey Turner
Animal Cartographers by Sarina Bosco
how to submit
“Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it begins as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth.”
“When I began to listen to poetry, it’s when I began to listen to the stones, and I began to listen to what the clouds had to say, and I began to listen to other. And I think, most importantly for all of us, then you begin to learn to listen to the soul, the soul of yourself in here, which is also the soul of everyone else.”
“There’s a reason poets often say, ‘Poetry saved my life,’ for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul’s suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.”
—Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
The 2023 Poetry Prize is now open!
Details about the 2023 Poetry Prize
Deadline for entries is May 31st, 2023. On August 15, 2023 we will announce one winner from the entries as well as a finalist and honorable mentions. The winning manuscript will be published by Homebound Publications in April 2024. While there is no cash prize at this time, the winning author will be offered a royalty contract and publication in ebook, paperback and audiobook. The winning author/book will also receive a feature spread in Homebound Publication’s biannual magazine, The Wayfarer.
To enter, submit a manuscript between 48-75 pages in length (front and back matter are not included in page count) by May 31st, 2023. 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 is 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 send to:
Attn: Poetry Prize
PO Box 1442, Pawcatuck, CT 06379 – 1968
[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.
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 will be able to pay the $25.00 entry fee via Submittable’s platform.
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