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

A Bed Filled with Birds

Faith Shearin 2022 Spring Fiction Contest Winner During the months after her husband, Max, died, Jane adhered to a self-imposed schedule. She had gotten this idea from a widow she’d met in her...

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The Lost Girls of Lupine Cabin

Anna Sheffer 2022 Spring Fiction Contest Runner Up We remember confirmation camp on summer mornings when the air smells like woodsmoke. At camp that year, every night ended with a campfire, and every...

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Ariel

Lucien Darjeun Meadows Content Warning: This piece contains discussions of suicide and self-harm All around this Baltimore campus, the tulip poplars are beginning to leaf out in brilliant, foamy...

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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