Posts Tagged ‘chapbook contests’


24 April 2016


About Palooka Press

The press was founded in 2012 to offer a publishing opportunity for writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.

How It Works

As always, we take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention and thorough consideration. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic; we’re wiling to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible with this in either direction. There is a $10 entry fee that comes with an electronic issue of Palooka. All pieces within entries are also considered for publication in the magazine.

The Winner Receives…

       *Publication by Palooka Press (a professionally made perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
*20 free copies of the book
*$200 honorarium
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion

Deadline: 8/1/2016


All submissions will be read “blind” to ensure pure contest ethics. Palooka also prohibits submissions from any friends or family of the judge. The judge for the contest is Jonathan Starke, the founding editor of Palooka. Jonathan has published essays, stories, plays, and poetry in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, Brevity, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Post Road, Passages North, and Third Coast, among others.


*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted, but each submission must be accompanied by the proper entry fee and submitted to the proper Submittable category.
*Page count: 35-50 pages, roughly, but we’re open to more or less.
*Formatting: No author information anywhere on the manuscript. Please put author information only in the Cover Letter/Bio section when submitting. 12-point font, one-inch margins, double-spaced (for prose).
*Entry fee: $10 (comes with an electronic issue of Palooka)
*Cover Letter/Bio section should include: manuscript title, page count, author’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.
*Simultaneous submissions are encouraged as long as you withdraw your manuscript if accepted elsewhere. As always, we will offer you a sturdy e-handshake for your accomplishment.
*It is perfectly fine if some of the works have been published elsewhere as the proper permission from other magazines/journals will be requested and cited on an acknowledgements page.


For questions, please e-mail the editor at palooka [at]

How to enter:


21 January 2015
The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion.
Deadline February 28, 2015.
The Snowbound Chapbook Award is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad.
Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-36 pages)with a table of contents.

RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize

4 June 2013
Deadline: June 15, 2013
Entry Fee: $20

A prize of $1,000, publication by RopeWalk Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by June 15, 2013. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

RopeWalk Press, Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712.  (800) 464-1916 . Nicole Louise Reid, Editor.

Last Call for Entries! Gold Line Press 2012 Poetry and Fiction Chapbook Competitions — Deadline Sept. 30, 2012

25 October 2012

Gold Line Press’s 2012 Poetry & Fiction Chapbook Competitions are now open for submissions!

Submit your manuscript on or before SEPTEMBER 30, 2012.

Each winner receives $500, publication of her/his perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN, and 10 contributor copies. Gold Line Press sends out an additional 30 copies on behalf of winners to respected literary venues for review. Winners can purchase additional copies of their chapbooks at cost.

Poetry manuscripts should be between 20-30 pages, not including table of contents. The Poetry Chapbook Competition judge this year is MARK IRWIN, author of Tall If.

Fiction submissions should be between 7,500-15,000 words. The Fiction Chapbook Competition judge this year is DANA JOHNSON, author of Elsewhere, California.

A $15 reading fee ($18 for overseas) applies and, if your manuscript is not selected for publication, you will receive a copy of the winning chapbook in spring of next year. For full competition guidelines and to submit your manuscript, please visit:

Gold Line Press is associated with the USC PhD Creative Writing & Literature Program with the aim to promote the work of emerging poets and fiction writers, as well as to promote / elevate the chapbook form. The Gold Line Press editorial board does not adhere to any specific aesthetic approach. We seek out voices that deserve to be heard by a larger audience, whether those voices speak in formal or experimental verse.

Our chapbooks are created with the intention of producing an elegant, perfect-bound book. Overall, our goal is to showcase exceptional emerging writers and reward them not only with publication, but also with broad distribution of their work to reviewers and bloggers. While most chapbooks have received only limited exposure in the past, our aim is to make the chapbook a more relevant medium and a truly useful tool for new writers who want to bring their work to a broader audience.

Feel free to pass this along to anyone who may be interested! We look forward to reading your submissions.


The Gold Line Press Staff