Chapbook Contests

Narwhal by Alison Titus. Winner of the first ever BOOM Chapbook Contest.

above the cover of Instructions From The Narwhal by Alison Titus.  The first ever BOOM Chapbook winner.

In 2017 Bateau Press will run the KEEL CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Final Judge: Arielle Greenberg

 

SUBMISSIONS & DEFINITIONS & ELIGIBILITY

What are we looking for? For the KEEL CHAPBOOK CONTEST we are looking for hybrids & work that crosses literary lines; we are looking for work that fools with prose, poetry, memoir, fiction, monologue, essay, and/or graphic short.

What the heck does “hybrid” mean?   Well, prose poetry is hybrid.   Flash fiction is hybrid.   Graphic memoirs are hybrids.   There are many ways of looking at, loving up, being bowled over by hybrid forms… Bateau embraces hybrid writing and also hybrid identities and experiences of writers: traveling between cultures, living as more than one gender, pointing toward the exploding (multitudinous) self.   In the end, we’re just looking for good art.  Hugo Ball put it best: “For us, art is not an end in itself … but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in.”     Who are we looking for?  We are looking for you!

Open to all writers. Contest will run 8/15-11/1 of 2017.

Age and previous book publication are not considerations for eligibility.  Simultaneous submissions are are OK by us.  Poems published in periodicals may be included in the manuscript.

All manuscripts will be read by the Bateau editors. We will narrow finalists down to roughly 10 and send them on the the final judge.               

Please, no submissions from students or close friends of the editors/final judge. Also, no submissions from current or former COA students of the last five years.

READING FEE

$14 entry fee must come with EACH entry by deadline or entries will not be considered.

All entrants to the KEEL Chapbook Contest will receive a copy of the winning chapbook or a chapbook from our back catalogue.

Manuscripts will NOT be returned.

Pay online! You can pay by credit card or check online. (You still need to send in your check via postal mail. But by paying online, we can keep track of your transaction and manuscript much more efficiently.

FORMAT

Manuscript format:  between 20 and 30 pages.  must be typed (clear photocopies are fine)

(for mail submissions only) 2 title pages 1- title with contact info. 2- book title only

A biographical profile is not necessary.

****FOR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS: There is no need to submit 2 title pages. Simply submit the manuscript with an anonymous title page online. Your contact info is with your submission (though the readers are not able to access this information).

COMPENSATION

The winner will receive $250 and 25 copies of the winning chapbook.

The winning chapbook will be a high quality printing with letterpress cover from Shelter Bookworks in Orange MA.

All chapbooks are hand sewn by Bateau editors, wandering artisans, cool COA student volunteers, and even the president of College of the Atlantic, Darron Collins.

For a peek at what our chapbooks look like, check them out here.

IF IT IS BETWEEN AUGUST 15 AND NOVEMBER 1. IF YOU HAVE READ THE GUIDELINES. IF YOU ARE READY TO SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT CLICK HERE