Vella Chapbook Contest: Entries accepted here.

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– Manuscripts may be between 16 – 24 pages

– Please include a title page with ONLY the title, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (not included in page count).

– Open to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and mixed- or hybrid-genre works (prose poems, flash fiction, a lyric essay bookended by two poems, a short story sandwiched between poems, one long-ish short story or memoir, 24 pages of poems, and any other combination that might be missing in this list).

– Thematically-linked works are encouraged, but not required. Quality is the only criteria.

– Collection as a whole must be unpublished, but individual publications are fine.

– Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw it immediately if someone else snatches up your amazing work before we do.

– Prize: 100 copies of your winning chapbook, ISBN included, to use however you’d like (sell them, give them away, make a modern art installation in your living room, etc.) Paper Nautilus will be selling an additional limited number of copies through our website or at literary events – for which the winner will receive 10% royalties – but the rest are yours.

– Entry fee: $11, payable through Submittable. If this fee is an economic hardship to an eligible submitter, please contact us, and we will do everything possible to work with you. We also have a $14 option, which comes with a back issue.

– Entry period: February 15 – May 15

– Expected announcement of winner: (approximately) September 1.

– Expected date of publication: (approximately) March.

– Contest entries will be judged by Lisa Mangini, Paper Nautilus Editor in Chief.

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15 Responses to “Vella Chapbook Contest”

  1. Gleah Powers said

    Hello,
    My manuscript is one page over the limit. Would it be alright to submit it?
    Thanks,
    Gleah Powers

  2. […] I also have fallen behind on sending out submissions to magazines but I don’t have many new poems so I don’t have much to send out. Although, I am working on getting a chapbook together for the Paper Nautilus Vella Chapbook Contest. […]

  3. I would like to snail mail my submission. Is that no longer an option?

    • We’re sorry – we only accept the submissions via our web submissions manager. It helps us keep our writers’ work properly organized – as well as allowing us to read blind, which might be hard to accomplish with a mailed submission, unfortunately.

  4. Is it okay to submit two different chapbooks, each with a different theme and content?

  5. Arlene Grubbs said

    I am including several previously published poems in my collection. Should I identify those poems or just include them with the other unpublished ones?

    • You can include the poems without identifying them, or you can add an acknowledgements page at the beginning of the collection, as part of the front matter (and it won’t be considered part of your page count, either).

      We receive manuscripts both ways – with or without an acknowledgements page – and either one is fine!

  6. Teddy Norris said

    I just realized I sent my MS before I paginated it or the TOC. Is there a way I can do that w/o paying the fee again?
    So sorry!

    Teddy Norris

    • Hi Teddy,
      You don’t need to worry about minor formatting things, like TOC or page numbers, since any manuscript selected will likely need to be re-formatted anyway. So don’t stress; it’s fine as-is! 🙂

  7. […] She could also be the writer of A Crooked Door Lower into the Sky, winner of the 2017 Vella Chapbook Award (Paper Nautilus Press, 2018). Melissa and her husband are living with their canine and […]

  8. scottlowerywriting said

    Hi, I’m curious about your Vella Chapbook series. What is the print run, and do you ever do a second print run if you sell out? My first (only) chapbook has effectively gone out of print, which is frustrating. I’m hoping next time out for a publisher that will keep it available.

    • Hello! For the Vella Chapbooks, our first print run is 125 copies; 100 go to the author, and we keep 25 to sell on our website or events (this allows the author to sell most copies directly, and therefore earn more money from the sale of the book than through royalties). If Paper Nautilus runs out, we order more, and of the author runs out, we will order more and sell them to the author for a minimum of 50% off the retail price (usually $4 each, or $3.50 each if they order a high quantity). Reprints require a minimum of 25 copies.

      So, the short answer is that, barring some extreme unforeseen circumstances, Vella Chapbooks can expect to remain in print for a long time!

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