Driftwood Press Poetry Collection

Submission Page

Driftwood Press is excited to announce that we are now accepting submissions for full-length poetry collections! See below for guidelines, timeline, and award information. We cannot wait to read your phenomenal poems!



  • Submissions are open August 1st - December 31st 2020, then again in March 2021.

  • Winners will be notified no later than Summer 2021.

  • Winning collection(s) will be published in 2021 and/or 2022.



  • 40 - 100 pages of poetry (if you are a few pages under or over, no problem).

  • Experimental poetry, hybrid work, poetry with a visual element, prose poetry, and any avant-garde poetry are welcomed! We love work that thoughtfully pushes poetry into new realms and realities.

  • Submissions should be primarily in English, but collections with a moderate bilingual component will of course be considered.

  • A standard, 12-point font is preferred.

  • 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 information within the manuscript itself.

  • Please include a Table of Contents page.

  • Individual poems from your manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

  • You may include an Acknowledgements page, but none is necessary.


  • 1 - 3 collections will be chosen for publication during this submission period.

  • Each winner will receive: $500 USD, 20 copies of their collection, a standard royalties package, and a spotlight interview/excerpt that will appear in our biannual print magazine.

  • Winning collections will be sold online, in bookstores, at events, and distributed through IngramSpark.

  • Depending upon scheduling and availability, winners may also have the opportunity to take part in an author signing & reading at a future AWP convention.

2019 Reading Period Results

We are beyond excited to announce the upcoming publication of Erin Carlyle's full-length collection Magnolia Canopy Otherworld. Erin's poetry explores the abuses, struggles, and perseverance of her own life and other women's lives against the backdrop of the American South and all the grotesque beauty of its natural geography. 

Magnolia Canopy Otherworld will release on December 15th 2020, but in the meantime, check out the image to the right: a sneak preview of the stunning cover! Preorder her book at our online store. We would also like to thank the following finalists, whose work stood out to us:


  • Robin Gow’s No Escape

  • Amber Shockley’s Seafarer

  • Ben Kline’s Twang

Lastly, we want to extend our warmest gratitude to everyone who submitted to the contest. We had a lengthy list of semi-finalists, all of whom have been notified via email and will surely find publication soon. We can't wait to begin reading more full-length collections; submissions re-open in August 2020.

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