The Pinch Literary Awards in Poetry 2023

Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation


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 Poems, Hobart, Poet 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Only unpublished work will be considered.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. You may submit entries online via the link below or via mail. Emailed entries will not be considered.



No translations will be considered.

Current students and faculty of The University of Memphis, as well as volunteer staff members for The Pinch, are not eligible.



1. $20 submission fee for each entry.

2. The following information entered into the cover letter box: name, address, phone number, and email address. The AUTHOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD NOT APPEAR ON THE MANUSCRIPT itself. Entries that do not adhere to this policy will be DISCARDED UNREAD. Please notify us if your address or email changes.

3. Please do not title your entries "Poems," "Contest Entry," "Poems for Pinch Contest," or "Pinch Contest". This makes it really hard to go back and find the poem that we absolutely loved and want to sent off as a finalist! Title the entry with either the title of your first poem entry or as all three titles of your poems separated by commas.

Also, please share with us in your cover letter how you learned about the Pinch Literary Awards.


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