Chapbook Contests and Reading Periods

A big list, created by Anna Lena Phillips Bell and Ryan Bloom

I love the chapbook as a form—it’s the perfect length for a poetry collection, in my view; and prose chapbooks are a delight as well. There has been a proliferation of presses publishing chapbooks of late, everything from letterpress-printed and hand-bound to sleek offset-printed titles. For years I’ve kept an informal list of favorite presses that publish chapbooks, both poetry and prose. In fall 2020 I decided to make it bigger and better—to include lots more presses, as well as information on the kinds of things I look for when imagining a home for a manuscript: not just deadlines and eligibility requirements but trim size, printing methods, distribution, marketing efforts. Ryan Bloom set the spreadsheet up—including helpful filters—and collected most of the data. The list was updated in fall 2022 and spring 2023 by Elliot Gindling. We’ll continue updating as we discover new presses and opportunities.

To view contests and reading periods, visit here. Once you’re there, for details on how to use the spreadsheet, visit here, or click the How to Use This Spreadsheet tab at the bottom of the page.

We’ll be making updates again in fall 2023. If you run a press and would like to have a contest or reading period listed, or if you’d like us to update your listing, please use this form. There are a lot of fields, but responses to most are optional, so feel free to share what feels most relevant for your press. Thanks for helping us keep things up to date!

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