Current Contest

2021 Prose Chapbook Contest

Submissions for our chapbook contest are now closed. Please check back in November for our Poetry Chapbook contest.

We are looking for smart, daring manuscripts that overtake us, break us, and rebuild us with beautiful language. We welcome all forms of prose manuscripts: fiction, CNF, or hybrid. Hit us with one powerful story, or delight us with a series of flash. Blur genres or stay true to form. Surprise us. Challenge us. Manuscripts with more than one piece should feel cohesive and coherent.

Prize Details

  • The winner will receive $600 USD and 20 copies of their chapbook in hard-copy.
  • Chapbooks will be published through Chestnut Review via a print-on-demand provider. The winner earns 30% royalties, distributed annually on all copies sold.
  • The winning chapbook will be advertised in Chestnut Review and on social media, and will be featured for sale on and via our website.
  • The winning author will be interviewed in a feature in the Summer 2022 issue of Chestnut Review.
  • Mutually agreeable cover art is to be selected from either Chestnut Review’s rights-free source or an image the winner has rights to and provides.


  • Submissions will be open from June 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021. 
  • The winner will be announced in February 2022 for publication in summer 2022.

Manuscript Details

  • Chapbooks may be on any theme or subject although Chestnut Review reserves the right not to publish material it deems abusive or offensive.
  • Chapbooks should be original and unpublished. Individual pieces may be previously published as long as all previously published material does not make up more than 50% of the whole chapbook. Please note previously published work on an acknowledgments page.
  • Length. Between 5000-8000 words total.
  • You may include a dedication and/or acknowledgements page. These do not count toward total word count.
  • Include page numbers and Table of Contents.
  • Times New Roman 12 point font, .docx format. Double-spaced (unless you are specifically using special formatting).
  • Please start each new piece on a different page. 
  • No images of any kind can be accepted as part of the manuscript.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if the chapbook is accepted elsewhere.
  • This contest is not read blind. You may include a cover letter if you wish.
  • Neither past nor present staff of Chestnut Review nor their family members are eligible to participate in this contest.
  • Entries via Submittable only.


2021 Contest Schedule

Stubborn Writers
Categories for Poetry, Flash, and Short Story. Submissions open March 1 – April 30

Prose Chapbook (Editor: Maria S. Picone)
Submissions open June 1 – July 31

Poetry Chapbook (Editor: Mark Blackford)
Submissions open November 1 – December 31

Previous Contests


Ethics Statement

We abide by the CLMP Ethics Code by agreeing to

  • conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
  • provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
  • make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public

    For more information, see the full CLMP Code of Ethics