Philip Booth Poetry Prize

2017 Philip Booth Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Grant Kittrell for winning the 2017 Philip Booth Poetry Prize, judged by Matt Hart! Read Grant’s award-winning work in Salt Hill 41.

2018 Philip Booth Poetry Prize

Check back on this page for more updates on the 2018 Philip Booth Poetry Prize!

First Place: $400 & publication

Runner-up and finalists will be considered for publication.


▪   Enter up to three poems, any length, any style, each starting on a new page. Submit all poems in one document.

▪   Only previously unpublished work is accepted.

▪   The Philip Booth prize is judged anonymously: your name and other identifiers (phone number, address, etc.) should NOT appear on any of the poems. 

▪   All submissions will be considered for general publication. If you would like to provide a bio, include it in the comments section when submitting. If you do not want your poems considered for general publication, include this in the comments section.

▪  Simultaneous submissions will be accepted as long as you notify us immediately of its acceptance elsewhere – unfortunately, for withdrawals, we cannot issue refunds. Multiple submissions are permitted, each with a paid submission fee.

▪   Family, colleagues, current and former students of the last two years of the guest judge are ineligible to submit, as are graduates and those affiliated with the Syracuse University Creative Writing Program.   

▪   Submit work via Submittable.

If there are questions, please send us an email. Withdrawal of individual poems or an entire submission should be done via Submittable.

About our 2017 guest judge: Matt Hart is the author of Radiant Companion (Monster House Press 2016) and six other books. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous print and online journals, including The Academy of American Poets online,Big BellColdfrontColumbia Poetry Review, Harvard ReviewJam Tarts Magazine, jubilatKenyon Review online, Lungfull!, and POETRY, among others. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He plays guitar and shouts in the band NEVERNEW: