2017 Theme: read WATER

From Standing Rock to Maui, to the seas that refugees are crossing right now, to drought and desertification, to Purple Rain, to Langston Hughes writing, “Let the rain kiss you,” to acid rain on ancient architecture, to the thawing glaciers, to the miles villagers walk to reach a well, to the ubiquity of bottled water and athletic water bottles, to the floods and policies that displace thousands, back through colonialism and the history of trans-Atlantic slavery, to pre-colonial migrations and cultural exchange, to the makeup of our bodies, to the translation and transliteration of drop and puddle and cup and bucket and barrel and pond and lake and river and sea and ocean and ice and cloud and evaporate and melt and flow, from and to every language: water.

Locked Horn Press is welcoming poems to consider for our publication prize in Read Water: An Anthology. Whether writing in relation to bodies of water, or states of water, or myths, histories, fantasies and experiences in which water is implicated, we hope this call moves you to respond by sending us work.

Logo design: Cassie Byers

Logo design: Cassie Byers

lhp 2017 Publication Prize: JUNE 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30

Submissions of up to three poems are accepted here: SUBMITTABLE.

The winner will receive:

  • $250 + 2 contributor copies
  • Print and online publication



LHP is excited to announce our inaugural chapbook contest. We encourage new and established writers to submit work that speaks to the concept of URGENCY. As a press dedicated to publishing work that hinges on the intersectional possibilities of conflict, we strive to bring urgent voices into focus. We look forward to experiencing your finest, solidly edited work for consideration.

Submissions of 20-40 poem pages are accepted here: SUBMITTABLE.

The winner will receive: 

  • $350 + 25 contributor copies
  • Print publication