Real Good Poem Prize

Opens: March 1, 2018

Deadline: April 8, 2018

Judge: Kaveh Akbar

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.

A fee of $25 includes a limited edition broadside of the winning poem.

Rabbit Catastrophe Press is dedicated to publishing writers marginalized from mainstream literary communities. If you are queer, of color, trans, differently abed, 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 June 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

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, The Guardian, Ploughshares, FIELD, Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Poetry Review, AGNI, New England Review, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry International, Best New Poets 2016, Guernica, Boston Review, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. Previously, he ran The Quirk, a for-charity print literary journal. He has also served as Poetry Editor for BOOTH and Book Reviews Editor for the Southeast Review. Along with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, francine j. harris, and Jonathan Farmer, he starred on All Up in Your Ears, a monthly poetry podcast.

Past Winners

2017 - Kayleb Rae Candrilli, chosen by Jenny Johnson
2016 - Jami Macarty, chosen by Kiki Petrosino