The Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize


The Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize

$500 + Publication

2022 Judge: Taylor Johnson

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.

Guidelines, Submissions, and List of Previous Winners

Winner of the 2022 Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize:

Recovery, by J. L. Conrad

Selected by Taylor Johnson


Submission Guidelines

2022 Judge: Taylor Johnson

To submit please visit our online submission manager:

General Guidelines

Manuscript Guidelines


Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson is from Washington, DC. He is the author of Inheritance (Alice James Books, 2020), winner of the 2021 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work appears in Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, The Baffler, Scalawag, and elsewhere. Johnson is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the 2021 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers from Lambda Literary. Taylor is the 2022 Poet-in-Residence at the Guggenheim Museum.

Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips (1938-2022), 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:

2022: J. L. Conrad – Recovery

2021: Marisa Tirado – Selena Didn't Know Spanish Either

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 PopielaskiIsn’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 HammondMoving House

2005: Taylor GrahamThe 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