Gunpowder Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Barry Spacks Poetry Prize is awarded annually for an unpublished book-length manuscript of 48-100 pages. The Spacks Prize honors the first poet laureate of Santa Barbara and his legacy of clear yet challenging work. Submissions are accepted from within the United States annually between January 1 and April 30.

  • The 2020 Spacks Prize was awarded to Meghan Dunn for her manuscript Curriculum (forthcoming), selected by Jessica Jacobs. Peg Quinn's manuscript Mother Lode was also selected for publication as an Editors' Choice. 
  • The 2019 Spacks Prize was awarded to Glenn Freeman for his manuscript Drinking with O'Hara, selected by Stephen Dunn
  • The 2018 Prize was awarded to Michelle Bonczek Evory for her book, The Ghosts of Lost Animals, selected by final judge Lee Herrick
  • The 2017 Prize was awarded to Aaron Baker for his book Posthumous Noon, selected by final judge Jane Hirshfield.
  • The 2016 Prize was awarded to Kurt Olsson for his book Burning Down Disneyland, selected by final judge Thomas Lux.
  • The inaugural Spacks Prize was awarded to Catherine Abbey Hodges in 2015 for her book Instead of Sadness, selected by final judge Dan Gerber.    

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please contact us immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher. Founded in 2013 by David Starkey and co-edited by David Starkey and Chryss Yost, Gunpowder Press is located in Santa Barbara, California. Our name is a nod to Saint Barbara, the patron saint of gunpowder.

Gunpowder Press