June 10, 2017

Floating Bridge Press has announced the winners of their annual Poetry Chapbook Competition. More than a hundred Washington state poets submitted chapbooks for consideration. The judges selected 13 semifinalists, and from these chose this year’s winner, “Night Watch,” by Katy E. Ellis of Seattle, and two finalists, “The Meanest Things Pick Clean,” by Benjamin Cartwright of Spokane Falls, and “The Myth of Man,” by Alex Vigue of Ridgefield.

Here is the list of the semifinalists:

Scott Ferry “Book of 24 Streets”
Catherine Bull “Braless in the Apocalypse”
Lauren Gilmore “Common Teenage Mythology”
Ben Read “Count Each Body Twice”
Thomas Walton “How Can I Say the Lovely Rodents Blinding Me”
Demi Wetzel “Life of the Party”
Julianna Buckmiller “Neurotransmitters”
Judith Skillman “Once Upon a Yellow Sky”
Armin Tolentino “The Hard Hand of Cataclysm”
Elizabeth Vignali & Kami Westhoff “Your Body a Bullet”

Congratulations, one and all!
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Two Sylvias chapbook prizeYou have until June 15, 2015, to submit your manuscript for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. Judged by poet Keetje Kuipers, the winner will receive $300, 20 author copies of the print chapbook, plus eBook publication and a 1930s depression glass trophy.

Two Sylvias Press chapbooks are perfect-bound with a high-quality matte finish. The winner will be announced by September 2015. For more information and submission guidelines, visit Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. (Note: on their Facebook page, Two Sylvias Press says, “Submissions have been lower this year, so it’s a good year to try us out.”) Go for it!

writing peace

October 15, 2014

World Peace Poets

World Peace Poets invites “Poets and Writers of the Northwest” to submit up to three poems (maximum two 8-1/2″ x 11″ pages) or a short essay (maximum 200 words) for a Peace Chapbook.

Volunteer editors from Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater will select materials for inclusion and writers whose work is chosen will be asked to make a contribution toward the first printing of 200 books ($4 to $40 based on ability to pay and the cost of the book).

Send submissions to by the deadline, November 15, 2014.

  A Project of the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University

When it comes to chapbooks, the definition seems as variable as the poetry they contain. Here’s what Brian A. Klems at Writer’s Digest has to say about chapbooks. (The term chapbook apparently comes from chap(man) book, because such publications were once peddled by an itinerant tradesman known as a chapman, with word origins related to cheap.)

However you describe them, chapbooks offer a window into a poet’s most recent, and sometimes most experimental, work. The challenge, unless you live in a city large enough to support a bookstore that stocks a wide selection of poetry chapbooks, such as City Lights in San Francisco or Open Books in Seattle, is to see chapbooks outside the context of poetry readings.

Melissa Eleftherion Carr, a Mendocino County (CA) librarian, and Elise Ficarra, associate director of the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, are starting to meet that challenge with the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. A digital repository for “emerging print poetry chapbook collections,” the Exchange is, according to Melissa, “community-curated, which essentially means that contributors are invited to each invite another poet to join. We are always open to new contributors, and strive for a diverse collection.”

The Exchange is growing slowly, with about 40 chapbooks currently listed. Each publication is carefully documented and reproduced in PDF, viewable online.

To learn more, visit the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange
and see Melissa Eleftherion Carr’s description of the Exchange and a transcript of her presentation on the Exchange from AWP 2014.

catching up…

May 20, 2014

Floating Bridge

In case you missed last week’s news, Floating Bridge Press has announced the winners of their 2014 Chapbook Competition. From submissions numbering close to 130 manuscripts, “many of exceptional quality,” the judges selected the 2014 winner, John Whalen of Spokane, for his manuscript, “Above the Pear Trees.” The other finalists were Maya Jewell Zeller of Spokane for “The Earth, That Other Sky,” Jennifer Bullis of Bellingham for “Amanda Bubble Is Nearly On Fire,” Dennis Caswell of Woodinville for “O.” and Michael Schmeltzer for “Elegy/Elk River.”

John Whalen’s chapbook will be published this fall and a reading in Seattle will include the winner and finalists. For additional details, visiting Floating Bridge Press online and on Facebook. Visit the Boynton Blog CALENDAR page for upcoming readings from Floating Bridge and many, many others.

Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize

As long as we’re on the subject of chapbooks, here’s a hot-off-the-press announcement from Two Sylvias Press: the first Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize opens for submissions on March 1, 2014. You may submit 17 to 24 pages of poetry along with a small reading fee. The winner’s chapbook will be published in print and as an e-book (along with assorted other treats). Deadline for submissions is Monday, June 16, 2014.

Peruse the guidelines on the Two Sylvias Press website.

got chapbook?

February 6, 2014

Floating Bridge

Are you a Washington State poet? Do you have a collection of poems ready for publication? If so, Floating Bridge Press invites you to submit up to 24 pages of poems to the annual chapbook competition. There is a $12 reading fee and submissions must be received by Saturday, March 1, 2014.

A Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization founded in 1994, Floating Bridge Press publishes books, anthologies, broadsides and the annual Floating Bridge Review — all means “to recognize and promote the work of Washington State poets.”

Learn more about Floating Bridge Press and the Chapbook Award, including past winners, on the Floating Bridge website and visit Floating Bridge on Facebook.

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