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results of the 2021 poetry prize

  

WINNERS

 

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.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

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.”

—mary oliver

“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.”

—joy harjo

“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.”

—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The 2022 Poetry Prize is now open!

 

Details about the 2021 Poetry Prize

Deadline for entries is May 31st, 2022. On August 15, 2022 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 2023. 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, 2022. 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.

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:

Homebound Publications

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.

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 will be able to pay the $25.00 entry fee via Submittable’s platform.

Past Winners

Gary Whited

Gary Whited

Winner 2013

Amy Nawrocki

Amy Nawrocki

Finalist 2013

Walker Abel

Walker Abel

Winner 2014

Audrey Henderson

Audrey Henderson

Finalist 2014

Andrew Jarvis

Andrew Jarvis

Finalist 2014

Linda Flaherty Haltmaier

Linda Flaherty Haltmaier

Winner 2015

James Scott Smith

James Scott Smith

Finalist 2015

Dede Cummings

Dede Cummings

Winner 2016

Ellen Grace O'Brian

Ellen Grace O'Brian

Finalist 2016

Frank LaRue Owen

Frank LaRue Owen

Winner 2017

Burt Bradley

Burt Bradley

Winner 2018

michael Garrigan

Winner 2019

C.M. Rivers

Winner 2019

Jesse LoVasco

Winner 2019

Mary Logue

Winner 2019

Quinn Bailey

Winner 2019