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Sarabande Books is proud to award the Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize in memory of Flo Gault and with generous support by the Gault family. This annual prize is open to all full-time Kentucky undergraduate students. Each year we celebrate all the honorees with a Pie Party and award one winner $500 and a limited-edition print run of letterpress broadsides for his or her poem. 

Contest Requirements

  • Full-time undergraduates enrolled in a Kentucky college may enter.
  • Submit 1-3 poems in a single file.
  • Include a copy of your student ID.

We accept submissions for the Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize exclusively through our online submissions manager. Visit to submit. 



First Prize: "mother tongue" by Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle, University of Kentucky
Second: "how to turn on a man" by Hallie Beard, Murray State University
Third: "If I Were Hemingway's Girl" by Adrian Sanders, Western Kentucky University


"Her" by Michaela Miller, Western Kentucky University
"Love Song" by Bridget Yates, Western Kentucky University
"Somalia Sleeps" by Yvonne M. Johnson, University of Kentucky
"A Proper Lady" by Iman Zaghariet, Western Kentucky University
"Breadworks, 6:00-close" by Clare Hagan, Bellarmine University

2016 Winners

First Prize: "Hanging Out" by Hannah Rego, University of Louisville
Second: "The Barn of Bare Wood Walls" by Clare Hagan, Bellarmine University
Third Prize (tie): 
"Code Switching" by Kalyn Johnson, Western Kentucky University
"Pear Tree" by Bridget Yates, Western Kentucky University


"Persephone Tries to Date Winter" by Hallie Beard, Murray State University
"Arts and Crafts with Body Parts" by Stephanie McNamara, University of Louisville
"Names" by Natalie Marguerite Rickman, Western Kentucky University

2015 winners

First Prize: "Mother's Derby Party, 1998" by Dylon Jones, University of Louisville
Second Prize: "Dream of Marlon Brando's Birthday Party" by Rina Perlin, University of Louisville
Third Prize (tie): 
"Night Funeral in Harlan" by Jarred Johnson, Western Kentucky University
"The Jellyfish Queen" by Savannah Osbourne, Western Kentucky University
 "Growing Up Poor" by Hannah Swartz, University of Louisville


"Hush," by Dylon Jones, University of Louisville
"Hungry with Child" by Nicole M. Paschedag, West Kentucky Community and Technical College
"The Rocking Chair" by Rebecca Thieman, Western Kentucky University


First Prize: “Bugaloo” by Lauren Hannigan, University of Louisville
Second Prize:  “The Tank” by Tyler Curth, Spalding University
Third Prize (tie):
“Evelyn Mulwray Cleans His Wound” by James Pfeiffer, Centre College
“The Door in the Woods Opens and Closes” by Caitlin Neely, Northern Kentucky University


“Where I’m From” by Diamond Davies, Western Kentucky University
“Instructions for My Passing” by Heidi Taylor, Western Kentucky University
“To Wasabi: An Ode, Apology, and Breakup” by Rachel Hoge, Western Kentucky University
“My Worst Fear” by Ben Hussung, Western Kentucky University