First and foremost, we would love to thank everyone who trusted the Host Publications team with reading their work this Spring. Our editors dedicated so much time and consideration to make sure that each submission was read with the attention that it deserves. We are only able to select two manuscripts for publication each year, which makes our decision very challenging, but we are so proud to announce our 2022-2023 Chapbook Prize Winners, and our five finalists below.
Thank you for reading, we’re looking forward to another memorable year of publishing great poetry!
Fall 2022 Winner
But For I Am A Woman Should I Therefore Live That I Should Not Tell of the Goodness by Sophia Stid
Sophia Stid is a poet from California. She is the 2019 - 2022 Ecotone Postgraduate Fellow at UNC Wilmington and a recent graduate of the MFA program at Vanderbilt University and Georgetown University, where she studied poetry and theology. She is the winner of the 2021 Barthelme Prize in Short Prose from Gulf Coast and has received fellowships from the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Recent poems and essays can be found or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, and Kenyon Review, among others.
Spring 2023 Winner
Bianca Alyssa Pérez was born and raised in Mission, Texas – a small southern town bordering Mexico. She is currently an MFA Poetry candidate at Texas State University. Her work has been published in Magma Poetry UK, ReclamationATX, Psst! Press’ The Sappho Diaries, East French Press, The New York Quarterly, Re-side Magazine, The Ice Colony Anthology and The Porter House Review where she is the current Poetry Editor. She is also the co-host of the horror podcast, Basement Girls, with writer Stephanie Grossman. Her poetry centers on her Latin culture, spirituality, family, and womanhood.
Forbidden Flowers by Carmen Cornue and Donna Morton
Dance, Dance Apocalypse by Zoë Fay-Stindt
Love Me with the Fierce Horse of Your Heart by Gabrielle Grace Hogan
Atom by Sarah Mangold
Diviner by Sophie Stid