ALTERNATING CURRENT PRESS - LITTLE PIGEON CHAPBOOK MANUSCRIPTS: "This category is for chapbooks (10 to 40 pages) that we publish in a 4” x 6” seasonal book series. Chapbooks must have a single theme of some sort. We are seeking themed or linked pieces with a hook, and we are especially interested in themes with a historical or science bent. We are not interested in material that is not linked in some obvious way." Submissions close when they're running behind on their reading; check HERE.
ANOMALOUS PRESS: "In 2011 Anomalous Press began publishing print chapbooks in hand-made letterpress-printed cover editions of 100. Since then, Anomalous Press has published 23 books (as of 2018) of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literature in translation." Irregular open submission periods, check HERE.
ARTEIDOLIA PRESS: "Arteidolia Press is an artist-run press based out of Ridgewood, Queens that publishes poetry in all forms, prose fiction, creative nonfiction and anything in between. We’re always looking for authors who re-approach, re-consider and re-think the gamut of possibilities. Work should be diverse and inventive. Adventuresome and experimental. Arteidolia Press is open to all voices and conversations." Accepts manuscripts year-round; guidelines HERE.
AUTUMN HOUSE PRESS: "The press will concentrate on publishing the work of excellent contemporary writers who have a following among readers, but whose work has been overlooked by commercial publishers." Chapbook contest in August, check HERE.
BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS (BLACK RIVER CHAPBOOK COMPETITION): "Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or prose between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication." Opens for submissions in mid-summer and mid-fall HERE.
BULL CITY PRESS: "Bull City Press is an independent small press with fifteen years of publishing experience. We select manuscripts through an open reading period. Manuscripts of poetry, fiction (particularly flash fiction), and creative nonfiction are welcome during this process." Open submission period in 2021 was May 15 - June 15; check HERE.
C&R PRESSSUMMER TIDE POOL CHAPBOOK SERIES and WINTER SOUP BOWL SERIES: "In Fall 2022 C&R Press will publish ... chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and mixed genre between 25 to 50 pages. We're looking for word that is strong, polished and has a singular voice." Open periods in summer and winter; check HERE.
CHESTNUT REVIEW 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." 2021 contest submission dates are July 1-August 30; HERE.
THE CUPBOARD PAMPHLET: "The Cupboard Pamphlet is co-edited and published by Todd Seabrook and Kelly Dulaney. We publish a volume of prose four times a year; two in the Fall, two in the Spring." Year-round open submissions HERE.
CUTBANK CHAPBOOK CONTEST: "The CutBank Chapbook Contest honors a book of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. While previously published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published collections are ineligible." Contest period is January 1 - May 31; HERE.
DEEP VELLUM: "A non-profit publishing house and literary arts organization with the mission to bring the world into conversation through literature. " See the chapbooks they've published HERE; submit HERE.
ETCHINGS PRESS: Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes submissions for its annual contests: a chapbook of poetry, a chapbook of prose, and a novella. Students are interested in editing and publishing authors in our region. The students are using the 370 miles between Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville, Georgia, and William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi, as the relative mileage for regional literature. ... To see if you’re eligible for submission, please see the circle on this map." Open submissions Sept. 1 - Feb. 1; HERE.
FJORD'S REVIEW: "We will begin publishing chapbooks this year in 2021 and have selected 4 titles, while continuing to read submissions to publish many more chapbooks this year." Accepted submission in July 2021; check HERE.
FLUME PRESS: "We invite you to submit chapbook manuscripts in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and hybrid forms. ... We're interested in chapbooks that invite surprise, invention, and genre-bending." Manuscripts accepted mid-August through October 1; HERE.
GARDEN DOOR PRESS: "Garden-Door Press is a micro-press. Its seeds were planted in Oxford, Mississippi, and it currently grows in Ithaca, New York. Its two gardeners are Kina Viola and Marty Cain. It makes chapbooks and broadsides. It believes in process, in excess and overgrowth, in language grown in elevated beds that destroy property values." Irregular open submission periods, check HERE.
GASHER PRESS: "We want art that guts us with surgical precision. Make everything useful. Gasher Press is a literary small press and journal publication committed to serving the literary community by means of providing opportunities in publishing, editing and scholarship." Semi-annual submission periods for chapbooks. Guidelines for submissions HERE.
GHOST PROPOSAL PRESS: "We seek cohesive manuscripts that deal in hybrid, cross-, multi-, and post-genre approaches. We are interested specifically in project-based work; while pieces in the collection may be disparate, they should resonate as a whole." Check for annul submission period (2021 was April - July) and guidelines HERE.
GOLD LINE PRESS CHAPBOOK COMPETITION: " ... our annual chapbook contests hope to contribute to the greater conversation about artistic form, innovation, and changing the course of traditional publishing. We invite nonfiction, fiction, and poetry that are chapbook-length as a key element of their concept. Annual competition July - August, check HERE.
GOOD MORNING MENAGERIE - A CHAPBOOK PRESS: "Menagerie is defined in the French Methodical Encyclopedia of 1792 as an establishment of luxury and curiosity. Good Morning Menagerie is a chapbook press. We intend for our limited-edition, hand-bound, woodblock-printed books to cultivate a contemporary community of literary and artistic kinship, and to that end we pair our solicited authors’ books with a book from a promising, relatively unpublished author of their choice." Irregular open submission periods; check HERE.
HOMEBOUND PUBLICATIONS: " The cornerstone of the imprint is the Little Bound Book Essay Series. Personal. Poignant. Powerful, this series is tiny in appearance at 4 x 6 in size and only 10,000 words in length; however, don’t be deceived by the small stature. The content for each personal essay in this series packs a punch to the heart (in the best sense)." Note the strict length limit: between 19,0000 and 20,000 words, no more, no fewer. Submission periods Jan 1 - April 1 and August 1 - Oct 1; HERE.
KATTYWOMPUS PRESS: "Kattywompus Press is an independent literary small press founded in Cleveland in 2010, migrating in 2014 to Boston. We publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, unclassifiable. If it doesn’t fit the usual categories we get excited. We are slightly obsessed with finding the container that best suits the content: chapbook, full length book, hand-stitched, perfect bound, unique artist’s books, e-books, literary music projects. Chapbooks: Anything that wants to live on about 30 text pages or less." Irregular open submissions; check HERE.
LEIBY CHAPBOOK CONTEST / THE FLORIDA REVIEW: "Each year The Florida Review Publications honors past editor Jeanne Leiby with the publication of a prose or graphic narrative chapbook. The contest runs from September through December each year." Submissions run Sept-Dec every year. Information and guidelines HERE.
LONG DAY PRESS: "Long Day Press is a Chicago-based novella and chapbook publisher. Since 2015, we have published boundary-pressing work, with an emphasis on emerging mid-Western writers." In 2021, they're taking prose chapbook submissions from Sept 1 - Oct 31, HERE.
LUPERCALIA PRESS: "LUPERCALIA press will showcase art and writing by trans and queer creators that focuses on themes of transgender and queer sex/sexuality/excess/celebration. We do not have any strict definition of how trans or queer manifests in your personal identity, nor do we want to be gatekeepers. If you say you are trans or queer, we believe and accept that in you." Chapbooks, 10-20 pages, open period in 2021 was April 15-June 1; HERE.
THE MASTERS REVIEW: "The Masters Review is an online and in-print publication celebrating new and emerging writers." In 2021, they're holding their first prose-chapbook contest. Guidelines for submissions Sept 1 - Dec 31, HERE.
MAYDAY CHAPBOOK CONTEST: "We’re punk. We’re funky. We can be fancy when we want to. Our contributors bring back the dead, salvage the past, reveal their obsessions. We’re interested in questioning functional systems that no longer serve us, and broadcasting voices that have been told they don’t belong. Send us your manifestos, speculations, elegies, reincarnations, ars poeticas, recipes, & what we haven’t realized we want, yet. Enliven us." Submissions (prose, poetry, fiction, nonfiction) begin May 1 every year: guidelines HERE.
NEW LETTERS: "The mission of New Letters magazine is to discover, publish and promote the best and most exciting literary writing, wherever it might be found. We publish and serve readers and writers worldwide." Accepts chapbook submissions year-round, HERE.
NEW RIVERS PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST: "New Rivers Press seeks poetry and prose manuscripts of 20–40 pages in length for consideration for our first chapbook contest. We are interested in flash fiction and nonfiction, prose and lyric poetry, literary and speculative works (sci fi, fantasy, horror, etc.) and innovative works that play around and between all those genres. Manuscripts may be comprised of smaller pieces or one larger work. Individual pieces can be previously published, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished in its submitted form." Apply June 6 - August 1, 2022; HERE.
ORISON CHAPBOOK PRIZE: "Prize for manuscripts of 20-45 pages, in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, or hybrid). Submission period: April 1 – July 1. The winner receives $300 and publication." HERE.
PALOOKA PRESS: "We're open to all voices, forms, and styles. Please send your best unpublished chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, and graphic narratives." Year-round open submissions HERE.
PORK BELLY PRESS: "Porkbelly Press strives to make books that are a delight to read & to hold, bound by hand using traditional bookbinding methods. We work in small & open edition, favor quality materials, lightfast inks, & heavy papers. All of our titles are collated, trimmed, & sewn by our editor." Varied submission periods depending on genre, for dates and guidelines, check HERE.
PORT YONDER PRESS: "Please know that we prefer nature-themed submissions, place-based submissions, and the like. We like hopeful, beautiful, and sculpted writing. Previously published sections (from journals) are fine; note name of journal and date published, but the whole should not have been previously published as one." I believe they hold an annual chapbook competition, HERE.
QUERENCIA PRESS: "Querencia Press is an independent publisher, seeking to amplify overlooked voices. We want to create a safe space for writers and artists to share their stories. We are especially interested in work that may have been looked over in the past for shouting too loudly. We want you to shout. We want you to make us listen. Querencia accepts poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid work. We welcome submissions from emerging and established voices, alike." They accept work through email; guidelines HERE.
REDBIRD CHAPBOOKS: "As 2020 unfolds, we begin our tenth year. Over the years we have published over 170 chapbooks, a handful of pamphlets and more than a dozen broadsides. During our reading periods we receive manuscripts from the world over, and our community of authors, which initially drew from Hamline University's MFA in Creative Wrting community, now represents authors residing in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the South Pacific." NOT TAKING SUBMISSIONS IN 2021. Check back in 2022; guidelines HERE.
SONDER PRESS CHAPBOOK COMPETITION: "The Sonder Press Chapbook Competition is held annually and open to new, emerging, and established writers of both short fiction and narrative nonfiction." April 1 - Jan 31, winner announced in March; HERE.
TRAIN RIVER PUBLISHING: "Train River Publishing was founded in NYC in June 2019 to publish new voices in poetry and prose. ... Our mission is simply to read, write, edit and publish. To date Train River Publishing has published over 500 new and emerging voices in poetry and literature." Year-round submissions accepted HERE.
UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE: "Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. Through the efforts of a volunteer editorial collective, UDP was transformed from a 1990s zine into a mission-driven small press that has published more than 400 titles to date, and produced countless prints and ephemera.." Chapbooks are up to 20 pages; 2021 open submission period was June 7-30; check HERE.
YELLOW ARROW PUBLISHING: "Yellow Arrow Publishing supports and inspires writers identifying as women through access to publication and the literary arts. Women’s voices have historically been underrepresented in literature, and we aim to elevate those voices and stories through our programs and publications." Chapbook submissions closed a/o 12/2021, check HERE for when submissions open.