Free Time and Feedback

April 29, 2012

As the semester winds down, I know that Paper Nautilus will seamlessly fill the new free time that comes from having weekly assignments lifted from the long to-do list. So if you’ve submitted work and are patiently waiting for a response, rest assured you’ll receive one soon and that you have not been forgotten.

In fact, I’m so excited to get to spend long stretches of time reading these submissions, that I have an idea on how to make it even more enjoyable for me. An idea that I’m a little nervous about, because I’m not sure if it’s just my excitement talking, or if it’s truly feasible at this time.

I’m thinking of having a chapbook contest. It would be a small one (10-20 pages, I think), and it would be for poetry, or fiction, or a combination of the two within the same book. And it would be a short run, as well – probably 50-100 copies, which would go to the winner as the prize, and the winner could sell them (or give them away, or make an avant-garde art installation out of them, or whatever).

What do you folks think? Is this something you’d be interested in?

I will also need a judge, and will be casually searching for one until I know for certain this chapbook contest is an idea that’s wise to move forward with. (If you have any leads, or are perhaps interested in being the contest judge, please feel free to send an email over to

If you do have a strong feeling about this contest either way, please let me know, and that way I can take that into consideration. This is as much your magazine as it is mine.


Oh, and P.S. don’t forget to check the Featured Work section – there’s a poem by Carol Berg that’s been added recently, and it’s one of my favorites.


One Response to “Free Time and Feedback”

  1. Carol Berg said

    A chapbook contest sounds great–and I love the smaller page limit…and thanks for adding my poem to the Featured Work section!

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