Submissions for the 2023 Poetry Prize will open in December 2022


The Furious Flower Poetry Prize for emerging writers is open for submissions from December 15 to February 15 annually ($15 submission fee). Poets with no more than one published book are invited to submit up to three poems (no more than a total of 6 pages) for consideration. The winner and honorable mention receive $1500 and $750 respectively and will be invited to read (virtually or in-person) as a part of the Furious Flower Reading Series. The winner, honorable mention, and select finalists will also be published in Obsidian. Winners are announced in late March/early April. 

How to submit your work

Visit the submission page and carefully follow all instructions. You will need to:

  • Pay your $15 non-refundable submission fee
  • Register your submission
  • Email an anonymized version of your manuscript to with contact information in only the body of the message
Past Winners
Furious Flower Quarantine Kwansaba Contest

Furious Flower Poetry Contest for emerging creative writers in response to the COVID-19 quarantine. 

Turning Angel C. Dye

Quarantine Kwansaba Winning Poem, 2020


My panic does not move heaven so

I try turning instead; till terror into

verse, plant praise song and patient seeds

for what remains of spring. Breather- full,

deep. Drink salt- sweet to shed when 

I weep, but I never wither. Intern;

turn inward, away from fear of still. 



Glenis Redmond, Believed to be the First Black Woman Photographed with a Typewriter, and Sherese Francis, Dream Conducts a Mother Tongue's Memory.

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