Chapbook Contest

2022 Flume Press Chapbook Contest Guidelines

Submission period: September 15th — October 31st

Photo credit: Mark Roemisch

We’re pleased to announce this year’s chapbook contest will be judged by José Antonio Rodríguez, a poet, memoirist, and translator, and the author of the poetry collections This American Autopsy, cited in the New York Times as “new & noteworthy;” Backlit Hour, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize; and The Shallow End of Sleep, winner of the Bob Bush Memorial Award from the Texas Institute of Letters; and the memoir House Built on Ashes, a finalist for the PEN America Los Angeles Literary Award, the International Latino Book Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Other awards and honors include the Discovery Award from the Writers’ League of Texas, the Founders’ Prize from RHINO and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in numerous venues, including The New Yorker, The Missouri Review, Pleaides, The New York Times Magazine, Latin American Literature Today, and the Academy of American Poets website, among others. A Mexican immigrant and first-gen college graduate, he holds a PhD in English from Binghamton University and is associate professor at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.


We invite you to submit chapbook manuscripts in poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and hybrid forms. Chapbooks, in their relative brevity, function more like concept albums or curated collections in which the manuscript shows intentionality, whether through themes, forms, and/or narrative. We’re interested in manuscripts that invite surprise, invention, and genre bending. Collaborations are welcome. Inclusion of art or images will be considered, yet the writing should be the primary focus.

Poetry: Submit between 18-25 pages

Prose: Up to 30 pages of prose (flash, long-form, novella, or a blend of genres), Please include a list of acknowledgements

—Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere in the manuscript

—Include a brief Cover Letter in the Submittable form

—A $15 entry fee must be paid at the time of submission. This money goes directly toward printing costs. We source environmentally responsible materials wherever possible.

—Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) formats only. We recommend PDF formatting if you want to ensure that your page breaks, indentations, and other manuscript formats are as you intend.

All manuscripts will be read by the Flume Press editors. At least ten finalists will be sent to the final judge. The winner will receive $200, plus ten copies of the chapbook. Our books are handmade, so the print run will be limited.

We only accept submissions through Submittable. Work sent by any other means will not be read. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.

Results will be announced in December 2022.


2021 Flume Press Chapbook Contest Winners & Finalists

We’re thrilled to announce Mara Beneway’s collection of linked stories, Grandma June, and Jeff Whitney’s poetry chapbook, Sixteen Stories, were selected as our winners for the 2021 Flume Press Chapbook Contest. Both authors are awarded publication and the $200 cash prize. Both titles will be available by summer of 2022.

As well, we recognize and celebrate the exceptional work of our 10 finalists:

Extended Voicemail to a Senator | Meriwether Clarke
The Archive of In-Air Incidents | Dana Kroos
Endorsements and Letters | Jeff Whitney
Mouth of the River Spitting Out the Sea | Eli Coyle
Come See About Me | John Findura
Ordinary Light/ Tell Me, Stranger | L.I. Henley & Laura Maher
SHIFT | Michelle Murphy
Six Degrees of Polypeptide | Yu-Han Chao
What We Deserve | Wendy Oleson
Herding Before There Were Shepherds | Joel Savishinsky

After our long publishing hiatus, we’re excited to witness the evolution of craft, genre exploration, and experimentation within the chapbook structure. The quality and expansiveness in this year’s submissions made for many moments of delight and admiration around our editorial table. Thanks to all who trusted us with their work. We look forward to doing it again this fall.