Fwd: poetry chapbook contest for L/G/B/T poets
- SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS
announces the 2008 ROBIN BECKER CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an original, unpublished
manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered writer.
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 poets writing in English (no translations,
Any poet who identifies as L/G/B/T is eligible to submit to the Robin Becker
Chapbook Award. The manuscript itself need not address L/G/B/T themes, though
such work is welcome; there are no restrictions on content or form. Seven
Kitchens Press publishes chapbooks of mainly poetry, but short fiction, prose
poems, and anything in between are also welcome for consideration in
The final judge for this series is Robin Becker.
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
only. Include a table of contents page. Include, if applicable, an
acknowledgments page for work previously published.
Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical
note. 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
be posted on the web site [http:// sevenkitchens. blogspot. com]
from URL) as they are received.
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, 2008. The winning manuscript will be announced on or before August
15. 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. Do not staple or bind your manuscript. If you are
sending by mail, please use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x
If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word
format (.doc or .rtf files are ideal); you must include the words
Chapbook" in the subject line of your e-mail.
Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit (multiple
submissions are welcome). Checks should be made payable to Ron
Mohring. Online payment
may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchens(at)yahoo.com (replace (at) with @).
Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook, to be published
before December 31, 2008.
The winner will receive $100 and 25 copies of the chapbook. Additionally, the
publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews
of the chapbook. Send your manuscript:
~ by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to: sevenkitchens(at)yahoo.com;
~ by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.
ABOUT THE SERIES JUDGE:
Robin 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
VENETIAN BLUE(Frick Art & Historical Center, 2002).
Her honors include the 1997 Virginia Faulkner Prize for Excellence in Writing
from PRAIRIE SCHOONER magazine and fellowships from the Mary Bunting
Institute of Radcliffe College, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation,
and the National
Endowment for the Arts. Her work has received numerous Pushcart Prize
nominations, as well as the 1997 Lambda Literary Award. In 1998 she
Scholar at The Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at The City
University of New
York. In 2007, she was the Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet at Bucknell