Congratulations to  Rosetta Marantz Cohen!


Rosetta Marantz Cohen of Northhampton, MA for A SETTLED LIFE

The Starting Gate Award is given biannually to an outstanding poet who does not yet have a full-length collection of poetry. The award recipient is selected by the editors of Finishing Line Press, and the manuscript is selected from our contest or general entries.

Marantz Cohen receives $100 cash award plus publication with a minimum pressrun of 250 copies/ 25 author copies.


2017 Open Chapbook Competition Results (293 entries):


Judge: Leah Maines
Winner: Joan Naviyuk Kane of Anchorage, Alaska for Sublingual


1st Honorable Mention: Doris Ferleger of Wyncote, Pennsylvania


2nd Honorable Mention: D.G. Geis of Lakehills, Texas


3rd Honorable Mention: Heather Corbally Bryant of Natick, Massachusetts




Natalia Trevino of Helotes, Texas


Gardner McFall of New York, New York


Benjamin Alfaro of Detroit, Michigan
Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. All of the finalists and semi-finalists were offered publication.  We also offered publication to a select few who entered the competition.


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CONGRATULATIONS Margaret Rhee! Radio Heart, or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press) is given the Elgin Award second place by the SFPA.  

“SF is the only genre of literature in which it’s possible for a writer to explore the question of what this world would be like if you could get rid of [X], where [X] is filled in with any of the multitude of real world facts that constrain and oppress women.” 

-- Susan Elgin


Jane Attanucci's poem "Falling" from her terrific Finishing Line Press book FIRST MUD is on The Writer's Almanac.


CONGRATULATIONS! Jeanine Stevens WINNER: 2016 OPEN Contest - Brief Immensity 
Hard Times by Lin M. Brummels - WINNER: 2016 Nebraska Book Awards Competition Chapbook Category Award Winner
Maja Trochimczyk recently received the Creative Arts Prize for 2016 from the Polish American Historical Association for Slicing the Bread (Finishing Line Press).
Liza Porter's chapbook RED STAIN was finalist for both the 2015 WILLA Award (Women Writing the West) and the 2015 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award. She was included in the Author's Pavilion at the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books.
Finishing Line Press is proud to announce:
 Charles Peek is the 2016 Nebraska Book Awards Competition Poetry category award winner for his Finishing Line Press chapbook Breezes on Their Way to Being Winds.
 Additional details about the Nebraska Center for the Book’s annual Celebration of Nebraska Books can be found at link below:

CONGRATULATIONS DEBORA LIDOV! Her FLP book TRANCE is listed as one of NYWC’s Favorite Reads of 2016: Trance by Debora Lidov “innovative poems, some in the form of case notes, made by a social worker in the neo-natal ICU who is simultaneously undergoing cancer treatment. Beautiful, dizzying poetry unlike anything else you’ll ever read. 

--Aaron ZimmermanTRANCE by Debora Lidov is available at
Congratulations to FLP author Lynn Pedersen! 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award in Chapbook: Honorable Mention:Tiktaalik, Adieu, Lynn Pedersen, Finishing Line PressThe Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.
Congratulations to Linda Neal Reising author of Re-Writing Family History (Finishing Line Press)

"Re-Writing Family History," a chapbook of poetry written by Linda Neal Reising and published by Finishing Line Press, just won the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc., award for best poetry book published in the prior year. The same chapbook was also a finalist for the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award.

A list of all the winners of the OWFI contest can be found under the "contest" section of their website

FINALIST IN THE OKLAHOMA BOOK AWARDS (Oklahoma Center for the Book) in Poetry!
 Congratulations to our FLP Authors!!!Michael T. Youngwon of the 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award for his collection Living in the Counterpoint.

He shares the award with Kyle Potvin, who received it for her collection Sound Travels on Water.  This year’s judge was poet David Ellis.  Both collections were published by Finishing Line Press.

For a full list of award recipients for the 2014 awards from The New England Poetry Club, please visit their site here:
Congratulations!!!! C. Kubasta won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize for her book, A Lovely Box, published by Finishing Line Press, June 2013.

Daniel Shapiro judged, and here's an excerpt from his comments: "Her poems are reflective almost to the point of claustrophobic, yet they contain clear, identifiable pictures and accessible emotions.

Kubasta can compress a complete feeling into a few words . . . Definitions are introduced like veils, as if their specificity could give the speaker a place to hide.

A Lovely Box is a brave, risk-taking journey." More information can be found at:
Congratulations!!!! Beneath The Lemon Drop Sky,  (Created by Coty) won a Blue Ribbon for Inspirational Writing at the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo in April 2014.

Coty garnered a total of 30 ribbons at the Fair this competitive season for her various entries in writing, photography, painting, and baking! Coty was delighted to share a Blue Ribbon with Leah Maines at FLP for her gratitude in publishing her first "blue ribbon" chapbook!
Congratulations!!!! We Leave the Safety of the Sea by Art Elser was awarded first prize for Poetry for 2014 by the Colorado Author's League at its annual awards banquet.

The award reads, "A collection of fierce, uncompromising poems about the tragic war in Vietnam, written by a man who took part in it as a pilot dropping bombs.

Elser describes himself as a "sad man with dark memories" of the numerous lives lost in that combat, especially the many lives he took.
Congratulations!!!! DIANA NORMA SZOKOLYAI'sFinishing Line Press chapbook Parallel Sparrows received honorable mention at the 2014 Paris Book Festival!
Congratulations to Joan Hanna! Her Finishing Line Press chapbook, Threads is a finalist for the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!
Congratulations!!!!Brenda Kay Ledfordwon the 2013 Paul Green Multimedia Award from North Carolina Society of Historians for her poetry chapbook, BECKONING.  Finishing Line Press published this book.
  • CONGRATULATIONS!  Nature Will Heal by Tracy Ahrens (Finishing Line Press) won honorable mention for a book of poetry in the 2013 Illinois Woman's Press Association Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest.
  • CONGRATULATIONS! 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist in Poetry: Jeanne Shannon for At the Horizon Line published by Finishing Line Press, 2013 finalists list
  • CONGRATULATIONS TO Finishing Line Press author Christina Cook for winning 2013 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award, Co-winner: Lake Effect (Finishing Line Press) by Christina Cook, Judged by: Mary Buchinger Bodwell ,The NEW ENGLAND POETRY CLUB was founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost and Conrad Aiken. The Club sponsors the oldest poetry reading series in the country.
  • Congratulations to Dan Veach of Atlanta for being named this year's Georgia Author of the Year for his Finishing Line Press book ELEPHANT WATER. The Georgia Author of the Year Awards presented by The Georgia Writers Association.
  • Congratulations to FLP poet Jean Esteve author of Off-Key (Finishing Line Press) for being named a 2013 Oregon Book Awards Finalist!
    Finishing Line Press is very happy and proud to announce that  Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers awarded Alice M. Azure’s Worn Cities (Finishing Line Press) the Poetry Chapbook of 2012.  , see also: and
  • Congratulations to FLP author Kyle Potvin! Sound Travels on Water (Nov. 2012, Finishing Line Press) by Kyle Potvin received an honorable mention in the poetry category of the New England Book Festival awards. The annual program celebrates the best books of the holiday season.
  • Lesléa Newman's chapbook I REMEMBER: HACHIKO SPEAKS, published by Finishing Line Press, is a finalist for the Dog Writers Association of America's Maxwell Medallion Award in the poetry/short fiction categ...ory. Winners will be announced at the Dog Writers Association of America's Awards Banquet held on February 10, 2013 in New York City.
  • And When the Sun Drops by Connie Post won the Aurorean Fall 2012 Editor’s Chapbook Choice Awards
  • Maureen Sherbondy's book SCAR GIRL has been named as a finalist in the poetry category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. SCAR GIRL was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. The book contains poems about emotional damage. Sherbondy lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Judith Bader Jones is the winner of the 2012 Oklahoma Writers Federation Trophy Award for best Published Poetry Book, for The Language of Small Rooms, published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky; available via Amazon:"
  • 12th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards-- Congratulations to our authors for making the2012 "Must Read" list for the Massachusetts Book Awards: J. Lorraine Brown for her FLP book Skating on Bones and Zane Kotker for her FLP book Old Ladies in the Locker Room and Pool
  • Congratulations to Rita Banerjee, whose FLP chapbook, Cracklers at Night,  received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival.  Awards for the Los Angeles Book Festival were distributed at a ceremony on March 3 at the Roosevelt Hotel, the home of the first Academy Awards, in Hollywood
  • Maureen O'Brien's  FLP chapbook The Other Cradling received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Jean Pedrick Award from the New England Poetry Club for the best chapbook published in the previous year....!!!!
  • Carl Winderl's poetry collection Mary Speaks of Her Son was the WINNER of the San Diego Book Award for "a book of poetry."
  • Carl Winderl's poetry collection la Via de La Croce was the WINNER of the San Diego Book Award for "a book of poetry."
  • Howard Stein's new book of poetry, Seeing Rightly with the Heart, published in late 2010 by Finishing Line Press, has been selected to be a finalist in the poetry category of the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award competition.  The competition is sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for the Book.  The award ceremony was held on April 9th 2011, followed by book signing.
  • Tania Runyan's poetry collection Delicious Air was the WINNER OF THE 2007 Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature Belles Lettres . Previous winners include: Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being ( Farrar, Straus), Arthur Kirsch, Auden and Christianity (Yale University Press); Michael Joseph Colacurcio, The Province of Piety: Moral History in Hawthorne's Early Tales ( Harvard University Press); Susannah Brietz Monta, Martyrdom and Literature in Early Modern England, (Cambridge University Press); Harriet Guest,  A Form of Sound Words: The Religious Poetry of Christopher Smart, ( Oxford University Press), among others.  This nomination can only come from the publisher, and is awarded for a book that has "contributed most to the dialogue between literature and the Christian faith. " (Please note that Finishing Line Press is open to submissions from peoples of all faiths, and has published poets from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.)
  • Anne Wilson's poetry collection SOLEA! was the WINNER of the San Diego Book Award for "a book of poetry."
  • Brenda Kay Ledford's poetry collection Shew Bird Mountain was the WINNER OF THE 2007 PAUL GREEN MULTIMEDIA AWARD. The Paul Green Multimedia Award is given by the North Carolina Society of Historians.
  • Kaye Bache-Snyder's poetry collection PINNACLES AND PLAINS was the WINNER of first place in the National Federation of Press Women’s annual competition, in category 75, creative verse.
  •  11th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards-- Congratulations to our authors for making 2011"Must Read" list for the Massachusetts Book AwardsKrikor Der Hohannesian for his FLP book Ghosts and Whispers and Melissa Shook for her FLP book The Real Story
  • Sarah Busse's FLP chapbook Given These Magics won the 2011 WFOP Chapbook Prize for best chapbook by Wisconsin author. Also, one of Busse's poems was awarded a Pushcart this year, and will appear in the 2012 Pushcart anthology.
  • Laura Rodley's chapbook Rappelling Blue Light was selected as Honorable Mention in the 2010 New England Poetry Club's Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award (for the best chapbook published in the preceding year). Judged by Valerie Lawson and Michael Brown .  (Winner: Katherine Bode-Lang) Honorable Mention: FLP author Laura Rodley.
  • Brenda Kay Ledford was the WINNER OF THE 2009 Paul Green Multimedia Award. The Paul Green Multimedia Award was presented to the poet by the North Carolina Society of Historians at the History Place in Morehead City, NC, for her poetry chapbook, SACRED FIRE.
  • Anna Ross's Hawk Weather was the winner of 2009 New England Poetry Club's Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award (for the best chapbook published in the preceding year). Judged by Helen Marie Casey .
  • Cheryl Loetscher's Unclaimed Baggage was the winner of 2008 New England Poetry Club's Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award (for the best chapbook published in the preceding year). Judged by Harris and Svetlana Sussman.
  • Marianne Worthington’s Larger Bodies Than Mine was the WINNER OF THE 2007 Appalachian Book of the Year Award for Poetry awarded by the Appalachian Writers Association.  Past winners include James Still, Ella Lyon George , Charles Frazier, Robert Morgan and Lee Smith.
  • Deborah Gordon Cooper's chapbook Between the Ceiling & the Moon received the Honorable Mention Prize in poetry at the Northeastern Minnesota Book
  • Carol Hamilton's CONTRAPUNTAL was selected as a finalist in the 21st AnnualOklahoma Book Award Competition, 2010.
  • Carol Hamilton's Shots On was selected as a finalist in the 20th Annual Oklahoma Book Award Competition.
  • Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s chapbook Tracings was the WINNER of the Silver Award for Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America.
  • Gary Metras 's Francis d'Assisi 2008 made the “Highly Recommended” list of the 9th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards (2009).
  • BG THURSTON's Saving the Lamb made the “Highly Recommended” list of the 8th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards (2008).
  • Frederick Smock's poetry collection Sonnets, was a finalist in poetry in the Kentucky Literary Awards for excellence in poetry. The award for poetry was given to Jeff Worley for Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern (Mid-List Press).  Jeff is also the author of the chapbook Leave Time (Finishing Line Press).   (Portions of Leave Time are included in the above  full- length collection.) Jeff received a cash prize of $1,000.
  • Linda Annas Ferguson’s chapbook Stepping on Cracks in the Sidewalk won an honorable mention in the 2007 Oscar Arnold Young Book Award of the Poetry Council of NC. 
Listen to Garrison Keillor read a poem from one of our Finishing Line Press collections on The Writer's Almanac:











  • Congratulations!!!! Don Colburn’s Poetry comes to stage: "Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues" to be performed Oct. 24-26, 2014. Don Colburn’s newest collection of poems,
    Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues (Finishing Line Press), will be performed on stage this month in Corvallis and Springfield. Three actors directed by Leigh Matthews Bockwill present all the poetic monologues in the book, telling the story of Brenda Arrieta Killian, who faced cancer while pregnant -- a storyColburn  reported in The Oregonian newspaper.
    The performances will be at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis, OR, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 26:
    and at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield, OR, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 and 25:
    For more info about the book:
    Congratulations!!!! Finishing Line Press author Harry Moore (What He Would Call Them, September 2013) is the 2014 winner of the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award presented by Poets & Writers. The award includes an expense-paid trip to New York in October, with a public reading and with contacts with selected writers, publishers, editors, and agents. It also includes the option of a month-long retreat at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. For links to the full press release and to ten poems Moore submitted for the competition, see the Poets & Writers web site at A retired community college English professor, Moore has published in numerous journals. His second chapbook, Time's Fool: Love Poems, was published by Mule on a Ferris Wheel Press in January 2014. He lives in Decatur, Alabama, and serves as assistant editor for POEM. For a feature article on Moore, see this Decatur Daily link:
    Congratulations! Finishing Line Press author Thelma Reyna Named Altadena Library District's Poet Laureate.  Her is from May 2014 through April 2016.
    Congratulations to Susanna Rich author of the Finishing Line Press chapbooks Television Daddy and The Drive Home. Susanna Rich and Craig Lindvahl were nominated for 2009 Mid-America Emmy Awards in the category "Writer/Program" for the documentary film Cobb Field: A Day at the Ballpark.
  • Karen Zaborowski Duffy’s (author of Giving in to the Smoke) poetry was featured on the PBS show The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
  • Ilene Starger author of the FLP chapbook LETHE, POSTPONED had her poems set to music by composer Eric Shimelonis and performed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner F. Murray Abraham at Carnegie Hall, NYC on January 15, 2010. Some of the poems from LETHE, POSTPONED are included in this performance.
  • Julene Tripp Weaver's poem "Only What I Can Do," from her FLP chapbook Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues, was published in a Good Poems American Places by Viking penguin. This anthology is a collection culled from Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. Her poem was featured in December 2007 shortly after Finishing Line Press published her chapbook.
  • Congratulations to FLP poet Tish Pearlman author The Fix Is In (Finishing Line Press) for being named Tompkins County Poet Laureate.
  • John Spaulding's FLP chapbook HOSPITAL was chosen by the ARIZONA DAILY STAR as one of the best books of 2012 by a southwestern author (see article above). The books were chosen by J.C. Martin, long-time book reviewer for the STAR.
  • Erica Goss has been appointed Los Gatos's Poet Laureate for the two year term beginning in 2013 and ending in 2014.
  • Rita Banerjee's FLP chapbook Cracklers at Night was featured on KBOO Radio's APA Compass program in Portland, Oregon.  The original broadcast has been archived on-line on KBOO Radio's website, and can be accessed here:
  • Andrew Solomon, the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon and the new book Far From the Tree, a monumental examination of hundreds of parents and children who have coped with special circumstances such as disabilities, deafness, dwarfism, and mental disorders, picked his favorite
     books about family love AND and he SELECTED Jennifer Franklin's Finishing Line Press chapbook, Persephone's Ransom, as one of them!
  • W. Dale Nelson has won a $3000 prize from the Wyoming Arts Council for his poetry, including his FLP chapbook Range of Motion. He received the award on Saturday 14th, 2012 in Casper, WY.
  • Michael Milburn’s poem “Preserved” from his FLP chapbook The Blessings of  and Silence appeared in Mary Karr’s weekly Book World feature, “Poet’s Choice.” In her column Ms. Karr picks a poem (or poems) each week and introduces it briefly. Book World is syndicated to a number of other papers, including the Washington Post Book World in The Washington Post National Weekly,, on-line data services and microfiche and CD-ROM versions of The Washington Post. Also appearing in The New Yorker (online only).
  • FLP author Nadine Pinede was one of eight individuals selected for the Brown Foundation Fellows Program in France. The program, based at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, provides residencies of one to three months for midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise. Nadine, who will graduate in August from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts with an MFA in Fiction, will spend her residency working on a novel. Fellowship applications are accepted twice a year. More information is available on the Brown Foundation
  • Congratulations to FLP author David Denny for being named the first Poet Laureate of Cupertino, California
  • Richard Levine’s “Believe This”, a poem from FLP chapbook That Country’s Soul (2010) was featured of an “American Life in Poetry” column.  The ALP column is an ongoing project started by Ted Kooser when he served as U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006), and is sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  “Believe This” will appear in the November 11, 2011 column.  Last year, Levine’s poem “Picket Fences” was runner-up for the William Stafford Poetry Award, from Rosebud Magazine.
  • Millicent Borges Accardi's FLP poetry book Woman on a Shaky Bridge is featured on the  Women's Voices for Change Holiday Gift List. This short list of recommended books includes Pulitzer winner (Rae Armantrout)  the Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, as well as Elizabeth Alexander (who wrote the inaguration poem) and Diane Ackerman.
  • Amore on Hope St. by Maria Lisella is listed as one of the BEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS in Montserrat Review's Best Books for Spring Reading, 2010 ooksforSpring,2010.html
  • Brief Intervals of Harmony  by Charles Pierre was selected as the “Editors’ Chap/Book Choice” in the Aurorean  15th  Anniversary Issue.
  • “Picket Fences”, a poem by Richard Levine, (That Country’s Soul, Finishing Line Press, 2010), has been selected as one of four runners-up for the 2010 William Stafford Award for Poetry.  The competition is administered by Rosebud Magazine, and the winning poems, along with judge’s comments, will appear in the December issue.
  • Judy Loest had her poem "Faith," from the FLP collection After Appalachia, released on the website,, on Monday, May 11, 2009. Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. Newspaper circulation is about 4,000,000 per week in papers from Maine to Hawaii.  E-mail subscribers in such places as Australia, Uganda, Peru, Poland, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and the UK, as well as throughout the USA.
  • Finishing Line Press has been featured in Poet's Market Insider Report.


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