Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize Submission Guidelines

Robert Phillips is the author or editor of some 30 volumes of poetry, fiction, criticism, and belles lettres and publishes in numerous journals. A professor of English, he was director of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program from 1991 to 1996. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a New York State Council on the Arts CAPS Grant in Poetry, MacDowell Colony and Yaddo Fellowships, a National Public Radio Syndicated Fiction Project Award, a Syracuse University Arents Pioneer Medal, and Texas Institute of Letters membership. In 1998, he was named a John and Rebecca Moore Scholar at the University of Houston.

  • We only accept online submissions through Submittable.
  • Poetry chapbook manuscripts may contain up to 40 pages. We prefer poems to be single spaced, but each poem should start on a new page.
  • Author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • The author’s contact information, including a standard cover letter with bio is to be typed into the online form provided by Submittable.
  • A reading fee of $20 must accompany each manuscript.
  • Winning manuscripts will be published the year after acceptance.
    (Upon acceptance for publication, Texas Review Press acquires first North American serial rights; copyright reverts to author upon publication.) 
  • Winners will receive 20 free copies of their books.
  • The Winner will be announced on the Texas Review Press website,

2017 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize Winner:

Evana Bodiker (Concord, North Carolina) for Ephemera

2017 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize Runner-up:

Kelly Rowe (Flagstaff, Arizona) for Flying South on the Back of a Dove

(Preliminary JudgeLoueva Smith, Final Judge—Robert Phillips)

Previous Robert Phillips Chapbook Winners:

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  • Mike Schneider
  • Consequences of a Moonless Night by Loueva Smith
  • Ascension by J. Scott Brownlee
  • Backmasking by Harold Whit Williams
  • Lost & Found by David Lanier
  • Isn’t It Romantic by John Popielaski
  • Learning about Fire by Ingrid Brown Moody
  • Penelope’s Design: Fourteen Poems by David Havird
  • Mom’s Canoe by Rebecca Foust
  • Dark Card by Rebecca Foust
  • Moving House by Lisa Hammond
  • The Downstairs Dance Floor by Taylor Graham
  • Myths of Electricity by Kevin Meaux
  • Sinners in the Hands by Ann Killough
  • Complications of the Heart by Nancy Naomi Carlson
  • More Space Than Anyone Can Stand by William Notter