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.

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 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.

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  • Chapbooks should be original and unpublished.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 (approximately 20-30 pages).
  • 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) 
  • For short prose, please include no more than one piece per 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 Contests

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

Prose Chapbook (Editor: Maria S. Picone)
Submissions open July 1-August 30

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