Deadline: April 30, 2022 CST

Entry Fee: $20

About the contest

This chapbook contest exists for those poets who have not yet published a full-length collection of poems.

To enter, send 25 to 40 pages of poetry to [email protected] saved as one file. In your email, provide a 100-word, third-person biography to be published along with your chapbook.

Pay the $20 contest fee through the Paypal payment box appearing below. Otherwise, your manuscript will not be considered.

All submitters for the contest who pay the contest fee receive an ebook copy of the winning chapbook (a $15 value).

Laura Read, author of Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, Dresses from the Old Country, and the chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You, will judge the top 10 finalists.

The winning poet will receive 10 copies of the printed chapbook and $250.

Submission guideline

  • poems should all be your own original work and should not be part of a previous chapbook or book, although individual poems may have been published in various literary magazines;

  • electronic (via our email address) submissions ONLY;

  • manuscripts should be paginated and saved as a single Word file (doc or docx); each poem should appear on a separate page, so you should be certain to use page breaks between poems;

  • manuscripts should include a Table of Contents and an Acknowledgements* page specifying where and when any of the poems were previously published;

  • American English is preferred; we will not publish translated works;

  • simultaneous and multiple submissions are permitted, but you must withdraw your chapbook for consideration if it is picked up elsewhere for publication;

  • self-published books are published books so are not permitted for this contest;

  • we prefer new voices, so we encourage emerging writers who have not yet published a poetry chapbook or a full-length collection to enter;

  • please email us at [email protected] if you have questions.

  • read the full guideline here.

We are looking for strong, literary poems, so we are not dictating any poetic genres. Send us your best.


VoW Research
Author: VoW Research

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