We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Foust has been awarded the Five Points 2024–2025 James Dickey Prize for Poetry. Her work will be published in Vol. 23, no. 2, and she will receive $1000.

Rebecca Foust’s fourth book, Only (Four Way Books 2022), earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was recently reviewed by Mark Jarmon in The Hudson Review. Her recent poems, in journals including Narrative, POETRY, Ploughshares, and Southern Review, won the New Ohio Review prize and were runner-up for the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, both in 2023. Past recognitions include the James Hearst, Pablo Neruda, and Poetry International prizes, fellowships from the Frost Place, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Marin County Poet Laureateship where Rebecca’s program, “Poetry as Sanctuary,” featured readings by local immigrant poets.

Each year we select a poet to receive The James Dickey Prize for Poetry. The award is named in honor of James Dickey, who we are proud to say served on our Advisory Board. Dickey inspired and nurtured many poets, and we offer the award in his spirit. The contest winner receives $1,000, and the winning poems are published in an issue of Five Points.

Every year, submissions are accepted electronically September 1 through December 1. We do not accept manuscripts for consideration sent via the post office or special carrier.



    • Send three previously unpublished poems no more than fifty lines each.
    • Make sure your file is in ONE of the following formats:
    • .PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
    • .DOC or .DOCX (Microsoft Word)
    • Entry fee includes a one-year subscription
    • The winner will be announced on the Five Points website.


    • Susan Ludvigson
    • Benjamin Busch
    • Kevin Cantwell
    • Andrea Carter Brown
    • Lucas Howell
    • Susan Wood
    • Christopher Buckley
    • Debra Nystrom
    • Richard Tillinghast
    • Anne Marie Macari
    • Robert Wrigley
    • Ann Townsend
    • Barbara Hamby
    • Kim Addonizio
    • Kate Daniels
    • A.E. Stallings
    • David Kirby
    • Michael McFee