The Lorien Prize

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2017 Lorien Prize!


The Curtsy Family by Brielle Brilliant and The Loser’s Guide To Street Fighting by Howie Good


Moon Woman: Mythologies and Truths by Fatima-Ayan Maliki Hirsi and Don’t Get Your Hopes Up by Courtney Marie (offered joint 2017 publication)

Zersetzung by Kelly Thomas

fragmented by Rabha Ashry

This Bitter Earth by Anita Olivia Koester and This Atlas, Lost by Stacy Balkun

Seasons of the Crone by Heather Frankland

Road Worrier by Sandra Anfang

Butterfly Bombs by Marisa Adame

The Attic, The Basement, The Barn by Saleem Penny

Body To Words by Rebeka Hall and Miranda Steffens

It was a wonderful few months of reading for us at Thoughtcrime Press, and the lovely writers above represent only a small portion of the incredible work we received for the Lorien Prize, and continue to receive for the Not My President Anthology. Thank you to everyone who submitted. It was an honor and a privilege to read your manuscripts.

Now, back to work, crafting beautiful books that celebrate our authors, and their unique, exhilarating takes on language and storytelling.

Thoughtcrime Press

Captain Josh Gaines, and Ben Clark



Thoughtcrime Press is thrilled to announce that we will be accepting submissions from December 15thJanuary 31st for our first ever chapbook competition, The Lorien Prize, and we’ll publish not just one, but two winning authors! We will present the two collections in the summer of 2017 as a single back to back volume, using a tête-bêche binding. This format allows us to join two works whose themes or styles converse with each other, expanding the presence of both in a final book in an otherwise impossible way. If you know someone whose writing would go well with your own, submit together. We are excited to see what you have in mind!

The Basics

-$10 submission fee.

-Submit alone or with another author.

-If submitting with another author, still only $10!

-Each author should send between 15 and 29 poems (though if your manuscript falls a little outside these parameters, still submit!).

-Winners announced after AWP, February 2017.

-Winning authors each receive 50 free copies, guidance with tour preparation and promotion, and access to all benefits of the Thoughtcrime family of authors and artists.

-The book will be crafted with absolute care for the text and authors’ wishes, printed with an ISBN, and will stay in print as long as Thoughtcrime stays a press.