The Adrift Chapbook Contest

We are excited to announce our fifth annual Adrift Chapbook Contest. We are consistently in awe of the fabulous manuscripts submitted to this contest, and we are looking forward to receiving your amazing poems!

We are also ecstatic to share that this year's guest judge is one of America's most prolific and  beloved poets, Carl Phillips! His work is an inspiration to so many readers and writers, and we could not be more honored to have him as this year's judge.

Below you will find all of the contest information including guidelines, timeline, award prize, and guest judge's bio. We cannot wait to read your work!

Timeline

  • Submissions are open from March 1st 2022 until July 31st 2022.

  • Finalists and winner will be announced by Driftwood editors in October 2022.

  • The winning chapbook(s) will be published in 2023.

Guidelines

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  • Poetry only. Prose poetry, experimental poetry, and poetry with a visual component (color images accepted) are all welcome.

  • 15-40 pages of poetry (this does not include title, section break, or acknowledgement pages). We won't turn you away if you are a few pages over or under, but please stay close to that limit.

  • A standard, 12-point font is preferred. 

  • Poems may have been published individually, but not as a collection.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know immediately if the collection has been accepted elsewhere.

  • Submit works written in English only, no translations.

  • Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

  • We read submissions blindly, so please do not include your name, email, or any identifying characteristics on the manuscript itself.

  • Base submission cost is $12. Additionally, we are offering a $20 dollar submission option that will include a print copy of the winning chapbook (US shipping only). We will ship once the winning submission is published.

 

Awards

  • The winner will receive $1000 dollars and 20 copies of their chapbook.

  • A print run of the winning chapbook will be sold on our website, through affiliate bookstores, and will be nationally and internationally distributed by IngramSpark. 

  • The winner will also have the opportunity to be interviewed about their work; the interview will be published in the chapbook following the poems.

  • The managing poetry editor may offer a runner-up full publication. If a runner-up is chosen, they will be awarded $400, 20 contributor copies, and the same level of marketing and distribution. 

Past Contest Winners

           [2021 Contest]

[2020 Contest]

[2019 Contest]

[2018 Contest]

Guest Judge

Carl Phillips is the author of 16 books of poetry, most recently Then the War: And Selected Poems 2007-2020 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2022). His honors include the 2021 Jackson Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Lambda Literary Award, the PEN/USA Award for Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets. Phillips has also written three prose books, most recently My Trade Is Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in Writing (Yale University Press, 2022); and he has translated the Philoctetes of Sophocles (Oxford University Press, 2004). He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

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