2017 Chapbook Contests from Gazing Grain Press and Fall for the Book

Submission Guidelines

About: An inclusive feminist chapbook contest edited by George Mason University MFA alumni and sponsored by the Fall for the Book literary festival. This contest is open to feminists of all genders and sexualities and is meant to promote socially conscious poetry and hybrid writing to a wide audience. We adhere to no one “definition” of feminism—we encourage a broad and diverse range of approaches. Challenge us!

Contest winners will be announced in fall 2017 and published in spring 2018. Both winners will be invited to read at a book launch event at the New Leaves Literary Festival at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Manuscripts are read by the editors, who will select a set of finalists to send to the judge for winner selection.  

Reading Period: March 15 to May 15, 2017

Reading Fee: $15 flat fee or $21 with choice of one chap (2017 winning chapbook or selection from our catalogue). Let us know your choice in the “submit” form, with your cover letter.

Prize: Publication and 10% of print run. Winners will be invited to read at a book launch event at the New Leaves Literary Festival at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Runners-up and/or designated finalists will also be invited to receive recognition at the events. Contest finalists will be considered for publication in the Gazing Grain Press miniature series of limited-run, handmade artist books.

Poetry Judge: Camille Rankine

Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. She is the author of Incorrect Merciful Impulses, published by Copper Canyon Press in January 2016, and the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship.

Prose Judge: Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil is the author of five books, all of which took years and/or days to write, most recently Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2015).

Chapbook Submissions

See category below for chapbook submission guidelines.

Book Review Submissions

Book reviews are accepted unsolicited year-round. Reviews appear online at gazinggrainpress.com

(See category below for book review submission guidelines.)

Chapbook Cover Art Submissions

(See category below for guidelines.)



Gazing Grain Press is accepting art for consideration for the covers of published titles and for use in our miniatures. We accept art submissions year-round.

Submit no more than three images as representations of your work. Feel free to include a link to your website or web gallery in the submit form. If you wish, include a statement in your cover letter about what feminism means to you and your work. Visual art in any medium (including photographs of three-dimensional work) and photography is accepted.

The published artist will receive 10% of the print run and shall negotiate a usage contract with GGP.

Note: Art submissions are not read anonymously.

  1. Length: 500-1000 words.
  2. Unsolicited reviews are welcome.
  3. We only consider previously unpublished book reviews. A book review may be re-posted with proper acknowledgement of its first appearance at Gazing Grain Press.
  4. Edit please! Grammatical mistakes detract from the quality of a review.
  5. Appropriately and correctly cite and quote in MLA format. Provide links to publisher and seller where appropriate.
  6. Provide a bio of 50-100 words.

Note: Review submissions are not read blind.

Ends on May 15, 2017$15.00
$15.00

PROSE OR HYBRID TEXT MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

What we’re looking for: Prose submissions including fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid texts. These could take the form of memoir excerpts, essays, short stories, novellas, series of short-short or flash prose pieces, or some hybrid of the above--though certainly not limited to these categories. 

1.  This competition is open to all writers writing in English who have no affiliation with the judge, the editors, or the George Mason University MFA program.

2.  The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript itself. Include identifying information only where it is asked for in the submit form. Editors will read submissions anonymously.

3. Manuscripts must be between 15 and 25 pages (not including front and back matter), numbered accordingly. Every manuscript should include a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, if applicable.

4. The manuscript should not have been previously published in any complete form; however, up to 25% of the submitted manuscript may be previously published. We also accept simultaneous submissions. Notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are accepted, with a separate reading fee for each manuscript. 

5. Submissions are only accepted via Submittable.

Ends on May 15, 2017$15.00
$15.00

POETRY OR HYBRID TEXT MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

What we’re looking for: We accept all forms of poetry, including both traditional and hybrid work, lyric sequences, prose poems, and collaborations.

1.  This competition is open to all poets writing in English who have no affiliation with the judge, the editors, or the George Mason University MFA program.

2.  The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript itself. Include identifying information only where it is asked for in the submit form. Editors will read submissions anonymously.

3. Manuscripts must be between 15 and 25 pages (not including front and back matter), numbered accordingly, with only one poem per page. Every manuscript should include a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, if applicable.

4. The manuscript should not have been previously published in any complete form; however, previously published individual poems are acceptable. We also accept simultaneous submissions.  Notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are accepted, with a separate reading fee for each manuscript.

5. Submissions are only accepted via Submittable.