Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

Hill-Stead Museum is proud to partner with Tupelo Press to offer the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, a prestigious national poetry prize for adult writers. An independent literary press located in North Adams, Massachusetts, Tupelo is one of the most respected publishers of poetry in the country, both in terms of content and production.

Established in 2002, the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize has drawn submissions from around the country, judged by renowned poets such as Martha Collins, Patricia Smith and Tony Hoagland. The winner receives a cash prize, an introductory reading at Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, and publication of a chapbook. Hill-Stead began partnering with Tupelo Press for the publication of the chapbook in 2013.

The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication.  Final Judge: Peter Stitt.

Guidelines and Submission Information

For guideline and submission information, please visit Tupelo Press. Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Submissions are accepted between August 1 and October 31.

2020 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

Dujie Tahat is a Filipino-Jordanian immigrant living in Washington State. The author of Here I Am O My God, selected by Fady Joudah for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, their poems have been published or are forthcoming in POETRY, Sugar House Review, The Journal, ZYZZVA, The Southeast Review, Southern Indiana Review, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Dujie Tahat has earned fellowships from Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Poetry Foundation, and a scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. They serve as a poetry editor for Moss and Homology Lit and co-host The Poet Salon podcast. He got his start as a Seattle Poetry Slam Finalist, a collegiate grand slam champion, and Seattle Youth Speaks Grand Slam Champion, representing Seattle at HBO’s Brave New Voices. Dujie Tahat is an MFA candidate in the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Past Winners

  • 2019 – Kristin George Bagdanov  for Diurne
  • 2018 – Chaun Ballard for Flight
  • 2017 – Emily Jungmin Yoon for Ordinary Misfortunes
  • 2016 – Suzanne Parker for Feed
  • 2015 – Hadara Bar-Nadav for Fountain and Furnace
  • 2014 – Ted Lardner for We Practice For It
  • 2013 – Mary Jo Firth Gillett for Dance Like a Flame
  • 2012 – First Place: Marilyn Annucci for Waiting Room; Second Place: Sue Burton for Canticle to Self’s Jewelry, Lincoln Way West
  • 2011 – First Place: Patricia Hale for Composition and Flight; Second Place: David Watts for At High Altitude
  • 2010 – First Place: Ginny Lowe Connors for Under the Porch; Second Place: Kate Lebo for Sugarspill, Washington
  • 2008/09 – First Place: Don Thompson for Back Roads; Second Place: Kim Roberts for Exhibitionist
  • 2006 – First Place: Renée Ashley for The Museum of Lost Wings; Second Place: John Surowiecki for Bolivia Street
  • 2005 – First Place: Brad Davis for Short List of Wonders
  • 2004 – First Place: Suzanne Cleary for Blue Cloth