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The Pinch Literary Awards in Poetry 2023

Submissions will be accepted from February 1, 2023March 31, 2023 at the end of the day.

You may submit entries online via the link here or via mail.

Poetry First Prize: $2,000.00. Judged by Anthony Moll

Anthony Moll is the author of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize winning collection, You Cannot Save Here (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2022), and the memoir, Out of Step, which earned them the 2019 Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Nonfiction. Their work has also appeared in Voicemail PoemsHobartPoet Lore, and The Baltimore Sun, among others. Anthony, who holds an MFA in creative writing & publishing arts and is completing a PhD in English, currently serves as an assistant professor of English at a Maryland community college.


All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.


Only unpublished work will be considered. Entries must range from 1-3 poems.  Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued. Manuscripts will not be returned. Emailed entries will not be considered.