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  • Submissions are open from March 1st 2024 until July 31st 2024.
  • Finalists and winner will be announced by Driftwood editors in November 2024.
  • The winning chapbook(s) will be published in 2025.


  • 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.
  • Submission fee is $25.00 USD. Each submitter will receive a free copy of a Driftwood Press poetry chapbook of their choosing in the mail. 


  • The winner will receive $750 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 Ingram. 
  • 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 $350, 20 contributor copies, and the same level of marketing and distribution. 


Guest Judge
Diane Seuss was born in Indiana and raised in Michigan. Seuss is the author of the poetry collections Frank: Sonnets (2021), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl (2018); Four-Legged Girl (2015), finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (2010), winner of the 2009 Juniper Prize for Poetry; and It Blows You Hollow (1998). Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Georgia Review, Brevity, Able Muse, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and the Missouri Review, as well as The Best American Poetry 2014. She was the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English at Colorado College in 2012, and she has taught at Kalamazoo College since 1988. Seuss earned a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MSW from Western Michigan University. 

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