Poetry Chapbook Contest


The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce the winners in the 2017 Poetry Chapbook Contest:


  • 1st Prize ($300 and 30 copies of the winning chapbook): Suzanne Freeman, Ingram Texas, The Sun’s Banquet Table
  • 2nd Prize ($200): Susan Waters, Hobbs, New Mexico, Heat Lightning
  • 3rd Prize ($100): Sean Lause, Bluffton, Ohio wakeful fathers and dreaming sons
  • Honorable Mention: James Scruton, McKenzie, Tennessee, Blind Season
  • Honorable Mention: Mary Hotlen, Rockford, Illinois, A Matter of Voice
  • Honorable Mention: Joyce S. Brown, Baltimore, Maryland, Vital Signs
  • Honorable Mention: Ben Ochila, Brevard, North Carolina, Homecoming
  • Honorable Mention: Lianne Spidel, Greenville, Ohio, One Dance for Old Time’s Sake


The 2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest will be held in the fall with a deadline of October 31st. Details about the contest will be posted here and in Poets and Writers magazine. 


Poetry Contest


At the start of 2018, the Press will conduct its annual Poetry Contest. Submissions of four previously unpublished poems (typed, single-spaced, no one poem longer than two pages) will be accepted up to the postmark deadline of March 31. Prizes will be $250 for first (winning the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize), $150 for second, and $100 for third. Submissions should be sent with the $12 entrance fee (check payable to The Orchard Street Press) to: The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040.


Prize-winning poems and others selected by the judges will appear in Quiet Diamonds, the annual poetry journal of The Orchard Street Press. Quiet Diamonds will be published in the summer of 2018.