Every spring, phoebe hosts contests in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, each with a $500 prize. Submissions for the 2022 contest issue have closed and you can find the winners below. Follow our Submittable page to catch next year’s contest, and find out more about our judges and past contests below.

Contest Winners and Announcements

New Theories About (Our Obsession with) the Moon

Katherine Huang Winner of the 2022 Greg Grummer Poetry Prize 1. In ancient times the two Moons agreed: one would stay in the sky,  while the other would go  to live on Earth among mortals. ...

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Crepe Myrtles & All Those Other Blooming Trees

Hannah V. Warren 2022 Greg Grummer Poetry Prize First Runner Up when we find a river we rejoice                  as if we’ve never seen so...

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Adam in Eden

Shay Swindlehurst 2022 Greg Grummer Poetry Contest Honorable Mention God had made for Adam a Jungle. The Gardens of Eden rioted, strived against Adam’s toil. Each day he cut the...

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2022 Contest Winners

Greg Grummer Poetry Contest

Winner: New Theories About (Our Obsession With) the Moon by Katherine Huang

 

First Runner-up: Crepe Myrtles and All Those Other Blooming Trees by Hannah V. Warren

 

Second Runner-up: Lament by Lydia Golitz 

 

Honorable Mention: Adam in Eden by Shay Swindlehurst

Fiction Contest

Winner: A Bed Filled with Birds by Faith Shearin

 

Runner Up: The Lost Girls of Lupine Cabin by Anna Sheffer

Nonfiction Contest

Winner: Ariel by Lucien Darjeun Meadows

 

Runner Up: The Lost Girls of Lupine Cabin by Anna Sheffer

2021 Contest Winners

Greg Grummer Poetry Contest

Winner: Tire Chains by David Rock

 

Runner Up: The Twins by Benjamin Niespodziany

Fiction Contest

The Light. Breathing by Gregg Maxwell Parker

Nonfiction Contest

Winner: Welcome to Bad Mom Club by Marne Litfin

 

Runner Up: Memories of Ace, in Reverse Chronological Order by Megan Falle

 

Finalist: Another Word for Gone by Jessica Rapisarda

2020 Contest Winners

Greg Grummer Poetry Contest

Winner: MACHINE by Jake Bauer

 

Honorable Mention: Oil Painting of a Hand Holding a Taxidermied Bluebird by Gustav Parker Hibbett

Fiction Contest

It’s a Phase by Kevin Sterne

Nonfiction Contest

Manhunt by Kira Homsher