The Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize
The Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize
Established in 2001, The Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize highlights one book a year that excels in the chapbook format. Since 2019 the Prize comes with a $500 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.
Submissions open each year on January 1 and close on March 31.
The winner of the 2020 Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize is Still Life with Timex, by Elizabeth Murawski.
2021 Judge: Benjamin Garcia
To submit please visit our online submission manager:
- A fee of $20 must be paid at the time of submission.
- Open to any poet writing in English. Translations are not eligible.
- Poems may have been published individually in magazines or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
- Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify TRP immediately by withdrawing the manuscript via Submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
- Current and former students and faculty of Sam Houston State University are not eligible. Family or former students of the final judge are not eligible.
- Submissions are accepted through Submittable only.
- Winner will receive a $500 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.
- Manuscripts may be no longer than 40 pages.
- Please include a table of contents, title page, and page numbers.
- Do not include an acknowledgments page.
- No more than one poem per page.
- Submissions are judged blind. Please remove any identifying information from the manuscript.
- Submit as a .pdf, .docx, or .doc file format.
- No revisions will be accepted once the manuscript is uploaded.
2021 Judge: Benjamin Garcia
Benjamin Garcia’s debut collection, Thrown in the Throat, was selected by Kazim Ali for the 2019 National Poetry Series (Milkweed Editions, August 2020). He is the son of Mexican immigrants, one of whom is formerly undocumented and one whose family has lived in New Mexico long before it was claimed by the United States. He is originally from New Mexico, raised in Texas, and currently lives in New York. He received his BA from the University of New Mexico and his MFA from Cornell University.
Robert Phillips, for whom this competition is named, is the author or editor of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction, and criticism. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, an American Academy and Institute of Arts 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.
2020: Elizabeth Murawski – Still Life with Timex
2019: Thomas Nguyen – Permutations of a Self
2018: Gregory Byrd – The Name for the God Who Speaks
2017: Evana Bodiker – Ephemera
2016: Mark Schneider – How Many Faces Do You Have?
2015: Loueva Smith – Consequences of a Moonless Night
2014: J. Scott Brownlee – Ascension
2013: Harold Whit Williams – Backmasking
2012: David Lanier – Lost and Found
2011: John Popielaski – Isn’t It Romantic?
2010: Ingrid Browning Moody – Learning About Fire
2009: David Havird – Penelope’s Design
2008: Rebecca Foust – Mom’s Canoe
2007: Rebecca Foust – Dark Card
2006: Lisa Hammond – Moving House
2005: Taylor Graham - The Downstairs Dance Floor
2004: Kevin Meaux – Myths of Electricity
2003: Ann Killough – Sinners in the Hands: Selections from the Catalog
2002: Nancy Naomi Carlson – Complications of the Heart
2001: William Notter – More Space Than Anyone Can Stand