2019 Real Good Poem Prize OPENS!


Real Good Poem Prize

Opens: March 1, 2019

Deadline: March 31st, 2019

Judge: Julia Johnson

Our annual single poem contest.  $1,000 for the winning poem, plus 25 original limited edition broadsides and publication in Rabbit Catastrophe Review. Finalists will also be published in RCR. Send up to three of your best REAL GOOD POEMS.

Rabbit Catastrophe Press is dedicated to publishing writers marginalized from mainstream literary communities. If you are queer, of color, trans, disabled, outside academia, or otherwise commonly excluded, we encourage you to submit. Any optional, personal information is welcome in your cover letter and will be kept confidential. While our goal is to find and celebrate an exceptional poem, we want to make it clear that Rabbit Catastrophe is a welcoming place for all writers.

The winner will be announced August 2018.

All submissions should be sent HERE. Emailed submissions will not be considered.

Other Guidelines

  • No previously published works will be considered.

  • Poems must be written in English. If the work is a translation, the original work must have not been previously published in English nor its original language.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we must be notified immediately if any poems are accepted elsewhere. Submission fees cannot be refunded.

  • No cover sheet in your document is needed. Blind submissions are never really blind, so we are not even going to pretend. Any optional, personal information is welcome in your Submittable cover letter and will be kept confidential.

  • Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted. Each group of three poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with an additional $25 fee.

  • Close friends and family of the Rabbit Catastrophe Press staff and the judge are ineligible. We define close friends as anyone we would invite to a slumber party.

About the Judge

Julia Johnson is the author of three poetry collections: Subsidence (Groundhog Poetry Press, 2016), The Falling Horse (Factory Hollow Press, 2011), and Naming the Afternoon (LSU Press, 2002). She teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

Past Winners

2018 - Hannah Craig, chosen by Kaveh Akbar
2017 - Kayleb Rae Candrilli, chosen by Jenny Johnson
2016 - Jami Macarty, chosen by Kiki Petrosino

The winner of our 2018 Girls Like Us chapbook contest!

We're delighted to announce the winner of our 2018 Girls Like Us chapbook contest! Guest judge Tiana Clark has selected "All Sex and No Story" by Laura Passin.

Of this manuscript, Tiana writes, "I loved how this chapbook deftly explored gender, history, and sexuality with stunning lyricism, nuance, and sway. It was lush and mighty (sometimes boldly brash), but also cohesive as a collection. There was a stark self-awareness to these poems as well as experimentation with form, which kept my eyes and ears sated. There was personal and political indictment smashed with pleasure and grief, so many of the poems stitched to the corporeal experience, which I love and lust for in writing that pulses me to the page.” 

 Laura will receive $1,000, chapbook publication, 50 author copies, plus 25 limited edition broadsides.

Help us congratulate Laura and each of our 2018 Girls Like Us finalists!

2018 Girls Like Us Chapbook Contest

"All Sex and No Story" by Laura Passin

Finalists (in alphabetical order):
"fist of wind & other poems" by Nefertiti Asanti
"Imperfect Acts of Contrition" by Roberta Beary
"Endearments" by Anna Lena Phillips Bell
"21 True Stories" by Nicole Callihan
"Pink Dress / Dark Green Trees" by Rainie Oet
"Girl Talk" by Andrea Spofford & Stephanie Bryant Anderson
"Appetite" by Paige Sullivan
"Girl of the Hunt" by Sara Sutter

New year, New issue! Rabbit Catastrophe Review #14 is here!

Rabbit Catastrophe Review #14

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RCC #14 has some very special words in it, including:


Poetry by: Rachel Abramowitz, Grace Arenas, Stacey Balkun, Rachel J. Bennett, Annette C. Boehm, Nina Budabin McQuown, Tori Cardenas, Hannah Craig, Kitt Keller, Sara Khayat, Gregory Kimbrell, dawn lonsinger, Cassidy Marsh, Irene Mathieu, Alyssa Mazzoli, Lupe Mendez, Ruth Elizabeth Morris, Darla Mottram, Teja Sudhakar, MT Vallarta, Barrett Warner, Sam Wilder

Includes Hannah Craig’s winning poem from the 2018 Real Good Poem Prize, along with the finalists.

Buy it HERE.

The Winner of the 2017 Girls Like US Chapbook contest!

Marina Weiss is the winner of the 2017 Girls Like Us Chapbook Contest! Her manuscript, Misprison, chosen by Aracelis Girmay, will be published this spring. 

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"Misprison continues to stun me with its fevered diction and deeply full and realized formal range. A truly remarkable collection of poems that leave me wanting to read more and more from this writer." -- Aracelis Girmay

 Pre-order Misprison HERE!


Runner up, selected by final judge Aracelis Girmay:
Take Me Home by Sarah Levine

Every time I write about sex it is a radical act because by Jennifer Jackson Berry
Grating Darling Full of Dirt by Erin Dorney
Citations of Resistance by Maurisa Li-A-Ping

Marina Weiss is from Massachusetts, and lives in Brooklyn. graduate of Amherst College and New York University's Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, and she is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Adelphi University, where she studies trauma and recovery and the neuroscience of racism. She has received grants and prizes from the Fulbright Commission, the Academy of American Poets, the Starlight Foundation, The Garden Clubs of America, and Narrative Magazine's 30 Under 30 contest. Her work is published or forthcoming in Tin House; Colorado Review; Gulf Coast; Narrative; No, Dear; Parallax; Psychiatric Services; and elsewhere.

Rabbit Catastrophe Review 13 is here!


In this issue:

Super omphaloskeptic whales [are] reticent  [as] they witness quotidian, unfurnished borders [in the] detailed palimpsest [of] weatherbeaten, seafoam moss.

Poetry: Danielle Badra, Kamil Bouška, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kinsey Cantrell, Rosie DeSantis, Melanie Dunbar, Mariel Fechik, Eric Fischman, Chad Foret, Christine Hamm, Hilde Jaegtnes, Jess Rizkallah

Nonfiction: Stephen Reaugh

Art: Stephen Wiggins

Includes the winner and finalists from the 2017 Real Good Poem Prize.

Buy it here!