2023 Honeybee Prize

Our 2023 Winners in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction:

The announcement of finalists is available here and the winners announced on June 23 with judge’s endorsements is here. All the winning entries are available in Issue 12 ~ Summer 2023.

More about our 2023 Contest…

We’re over the moon about our 2023 judges: Roxane Gay, Rodrigo Toscano, and Hugh Reilly!!!

The prize payout has increased to $2000 (collectively) and the form to submit is available on Submittable.


Four to six finalists in each of the categories (Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction) will be sent to our guest judges who will select a winner and runner-up. The winning entry in each of the three categories will receive $500, publication in our summer 2023 issue, and a jar of honey from a Midwest apiary. The runner-up in each category will receive $75, and publication. Other finalists may be invited to be published in our summer issue.

The judges this year are…

The contest fee is $15 through February 15th at which time it will increase to $18. Finalists will be announced in May and winners in June. Response time on contest submissions may be up to six months depending on the submission date. Thank you in advance for your patience.

All other submission guidelines are the same as our regular publication guidelines. We will not consider previously published work and request that all personal identifiable information is removed from the submitted manuscript. For a comprehensive set of guidelines and genre specific details, please visit our general submission page. Finalists will be selected by our current editorial team.

More about the judges:

2023 Fiction Judge: Roxanne Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects. She also has a newsletter, The Audacity and once had a podcast, The Roxane Gay Agenda.

2023 Poetry Judge:
Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano is a poet and dialogist based in New Orleans. He is the author of eleven books of poetry. His most recent books are The Cut Point (Counterpath, 2023), and The Charm & The Dread (Fence Books, 2022). His previous books include In Range, Explosion Rocks Springfield, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in over 20 anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Best American Experimental Poetry (BAX)Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound. 

Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. He won the Edwin Markham 2019 prize for poetry. His works have been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Portuguese, Norwegian and Catalan. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, Communication Workers of America, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, and northwest tribes (Umatilla, Cayuse, Yakima, Nez Perce) working on educational training projects that involve environmental and labor justice, health & safety culture transformation. rodrigotoscano.com

2023 Nonfiction Judge:
Hugh Reilly

Hugh Reilly has a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and attended the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Arizona before finishing his Master’s degree in Communication at UNO.  He began teaching at UNO in 1999. Professor Reilly was the Director of UNO’s School of Communication from 2013 – 2021. He was also a member of UNO’s Native American Studies Faculty. 

Hugh has written or co-written seven books, including, Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars, originally published by ABC Clio – Praeger, was reprinted by The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books in October of 2011. His latest book, published by Tulleygarvey Press in 2019, is Drinking with My Father’s Ghost: A Journey Through Ireland’s Pubs.