Flume Press Chapbook Contest Guidelines

Submission period: August 23rd — October 1st

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 40 pages of prose (flash, longform, 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 an in-house 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 November 2021.