The Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize

Established in 2001, The Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize seeks to highlight 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. To submit please visit our online submission manager

The Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize

2019 Judge: Gary Jackson

General Guidelines

Manuscript Guidelines

2019 Judge: Gary Jackson

Gary Jackson is the author of Missing You, Metropolis (Graywolf Press, 2010), which was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He teaches in the MFA program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

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.

Previous Winners:

2018: Gregory ByrdThe Name for the God Who Speaks 


2017: Evana BodikerEphemera


2016: Mark SchneiderHow Many Faces Do You Have?


2015: Loueva Smith  Consequences of a Moonless Night 


2014: J. Scott BrownleeAscension


2013: Harold Whit WilliamsBackmasking


2012: David LanierLost and Found


2011: John PopielaskiIsn’t It Romantic?


2010: Ingrid Browning MoodyLearning About Fire


2009: David HavirdPenelope’s Design


2008: Rebecca FoustMom’s Canoe


2007: Rebecca FoustDark Card


2006: Lisa HammondMoving House


2005: Taylor Graham - The Downstairs Dance Floor


2004: Kevin MeauxMyths of Electricity


2003: Ann KilloughSinners in the Hands: Selections from the Catalogue


2002: Nancy Naomi CarlsonComplications of the Heart


2001: William Notter More Space Than Anyone Can Stand