2021 Prose 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.
- 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 Amazon.com 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.
- 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- Chapbooks should be original and unpublished.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
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
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.