2007 Caketrain Chapbook Competition
Caketrain Journal and Press is proud to announce our 2007 Caketrain Chapbook
Competition, the third in our now-annual series of chapbook competitons.
very excited for this year's competition and the impressive manuscripts that
are sure to emerge.
Each year, we bring a special guest into the selection process, a writer
whose work we hold in very high regard, and this year is no exception: for
we are honored and humbled to announce that Claudia Rankine will serve as our
final judge. Claudia is the author of four collections of poetry: Don't Let
Be Lonely (Graywolf Press, 2004), Plot (Grove Press, 2001), The End of the
Alphabet (Grove Press, 1998), and Nothing in Nature Is Private (Cleveland
University Press, 1994). She is coeditor, with Juliana Spahr, of American
Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language. She has taught at
Barnard College, University of Georgia, and in the writing program at the
University of Houston. Her accolades include an Academy of American Poets
and the praises of Robert Creeley, Barbara Guest, Charles Bernstein, Lyn
Hejinian, David Lehman, and many, many others.
The winner of the competition receives a $250 cash prize and 25 copies of
their chapbook. The chapbook will be published in a 200-copy run on
acid-free text stock bound with a full-color cover. We hear we've put
some gorgeous books so far; to see how they've turned out, please check out
our previous winners, Elizabeth Skurnick's Check-In (2005) and Tom Whalen's
Our guidelines have been slightly revised and updated this year. For the
entrants' convenience, we are now accepting competition entries in both print
electronic formats. Please follow the guidelines for your chosen format, as
Eligibility (Print and Electronic):
This competition is open to poetry* manuscripts written in the English
language. While previously-published poems may be included in the manuscript,
manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and
self-published works are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable;
please note, however, that reading fees are non-refundable, and notify
Caketrain as soon as possible if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
revisions will not be considered during reading period. Please do not include
cover artwork or photographs with your submission. Author must not have a
personal or professional relationship with Claudia Rankine or any Caketrain
Journal and Press staff member; if an author is unsure whether this policy
applies to him or her, Caketrain will gladly address inquiries.
Print entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2007. Please submit
20 to 35 pages of typed poetry. Include page numbers, table of contents, and,
if necessary, an acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two cover
pages: one with the manuscript's title, the other with the title, author's
name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The author's name should
appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Please do not send original
manuscripts; print manuscripts will be recycled at competition conclusion.
manuscripts through the United States Postal Service. A reading fee of $20
must accompany each submission, made payable to Caketrain Journal and Press.
Submissions may include an SASE for notification of competition results. If
SASE is not included, notification will be sent via e-mail. A list of winner
finalists will also be announced at www.caketrain.org. Submit print entries
to Caketrain Journal and Press, Box 82588, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
Electronic entries must be received no later than October 1, 2007. Please
submit 20 to 35 pages of poetry as an e-mail attachment in either DOC, PDF,
RTF format. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if necessary, an
acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two cover pages as the first
pages of the attached document: one with the manuscript's title, the other
the title, author's name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The
author's name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Once the
manuscript has been received, downloaded and verified as readable and
a reply e-mail will be sent with a link enclosed to make payment of the $20
reading fee via Paypal. Notification of contest results will sent via e-mail,
and a list of winner and finalists will be announced at www.caketrain.org.
Submit electronic entries to caketrainjournal(at)hotmail.com (replace (at)
*A Quick Note on "Poetry": As you probably know, we're quite comfortable with
pp/ff and other hybrid-genre/form-mutants, so imagine this word as a large
and welcoming umbrella with a gathering of people and animals and things
underneath, milling about, mixing drinks, etc.
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