poetry chapbook contest for L/G/B/T poets
- SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS announces the 2009 ROBIN BECKER CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an
original, unpublished manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or
Prize: $100 plus 25 copies.
Submission deadline: Postmarked between March 1 and May 15 of each year.
Eligibility: Open to all L/G/B/T/Q poets writing in English (no translations,
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGE TO THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION: Two manuscripts
will be selected as CO-WINNERS of the 2009 Robin Becker Prize: one by a writer
with no previous book or chapbook, and the other by a writer with previous book
or chapbook publication.
Please read the guidelines carefully; the complete guidelines are posted on the
Seven Kitchens site (see URL below) and we are not responsible for other
versions that may be posted, in whole or in part, elsewhere.
Any poet who identifies as L/G/B/T/Q is eligible to submit to the Robin Becker
• The manuscript itself need not address L/G/B/T/Q themes, though such work is
• The final judge for this year's series is Ruth L. Schwartz.
Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages (not including front matter).
• Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name,
address, e-mail and phone number; the second cover page should have the
manuscript title only.
• Include a table of contents page.
• Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previou
• Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical
note, including a statement of any previous or pending book or chapbook
The author's name must not appear in the manuscript.
• All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will
be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged in.
• Manuscript titles and their log numbers will be posted on the WEB SITE
[http:// sevenkitchens. blogspot. com] (remove spaces from URL) as they are
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly if your
manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
• Submissions must be posted between March 1 and May 15, 2009.
• The winning manuscripts will be announced on or before August 15, 2009.
• Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for
publication in the chapbook series.
Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may
send via regular mail.
• If you are sending by mail, do not staple or bind your manuscript; please
use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope.
• If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word
format (.doc, .docx or .rtf files are ideal); you must include the words “Robin
Becker Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail.
• Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit (
submissions are welcome). IMPORTANT: Checks should be made payable to Ron
Mohring. Online payment may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot
• Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook, to be published
during winter of 2009.
• Each co-winner will receive $100 and 25 copies of her or his chapbook.
Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit
online reviews of each chapbook.
Send your manuscript:
• by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to: sevenkitchens at yahoo dot
• by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.
ABOUT THIS YEAR'S JUDGE:
Ruth L. Schwartz is the author of four award-winning books of poetry and a
memoir: Dear Good Naked Morning, selected by Alicia Ostriker for the Autumn
House Poetry Prize (Autumn House, 2004); Edgewater, selected by Jane Hirshfield
as a 2001 National Poetry Series winner (HarperCollins, 2002); Singular Bodies
(Anhinga Press, 2001), winner of the 2000 Anhinga Prize for Poetry; Accordion
Breathing and Dancing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), winner of the 1994
Associated Writing Programs Award; and Death in Reverse: A Love Story (Michigan
State University Press, 2004).
Ruth has won over a dozen national literary prizes, including two Nimrod/Pablo
Neruda Awards, two Chelsea Magazine Editor's Awards, the North Carolina Writer's
Network Randall Jarrell Prize, and the New Letters Prize in Poetry. She has20
received grants from the NEA, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Astraea Foundation.
Her poems have been anthologized in The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of
the Next Wave (St. Martin's Press, 2000), American Poetry: Next Generation
(Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2000), The New Young American Poets (Southern
Illinois University Press, 2000), and elsewhere.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
This chapbook series honors Robin Becker, whose continuing accomplishments as a
poet, professor, and mentor of lesbian and gay writers deserve wider acclaim.
Becker serves as poetry editor for the Women's Review of Books and is a
professor of English and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She
is the author of six collections of poems, including Giacometti's Dog (1990),
All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000) and Domain of Perfect Affection
(2006), all from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and of the chapbook
Venetian Blue (Frick Art & Historical Center, 2002).
Becker's honors include individual fellowships from the Bunting Institute, the
Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She won
the 1996 Lambda Literary Award for All-American Girl, and the 1997 Virginia
Faulkner Prize for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner Magazine. In
1998, Becker was a visiting Scholar at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at
the City University of New York. In 2007, she was the Sandra and Gary Sojka
Visiting Poet at Bucknell University. She has served as final judge for
national poetry competitions including the Astrea Awards, the Benjamin Saltman
Prize from Red Hen Press, The Idaho Prize from Lost Horse Press, the John Ciardi
Prize from Bk Mk Press, and the Prairie Schooner Book Award in Poetry. Becker's
column on poetry and the poetry scene, "Field Notes," appears in the Women's
Review of Books.
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