Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize Submission Guidelines

Robert Phillips, for whom this competition is named, 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.

loueva-smithThe final judge for the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize for 2018 is a former winner of the prize, Loueva Smith. Smith is a native Texan and a graduate of Sam Houston State University. Her poems have appeared in various literary journals such as DoubleTake, and the Louisiana Review. Her plays have been staged at Frenetic Theater. She won the Public Poetry Poets and Musicians Prize in June of 2017.

  • 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