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, memoir, and mixed- or hybrid-genre works (prose poems, flash fiction, lyrical short-shorts, a short story sandwiched between a dozen poems, one long-ish short story, 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– Collection as a whole must be unpublished, but individual publications are fine.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 perfect-bound 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 you’ll receive 10% royalties on any sold), but the rest are yours.

– Entry fee: $11, payable through Submittable. We also have a $14 option that comes with a random issue of PN. If this fee is an economic hardship to an eligible submitter, please contact us, and we will do our best to work with you

– Entry period: February 17th – May 31th, 2017.

– Expected announcement of winner: (approximately) September 1st, 2017.

– Expected date of publication: (approximately) March 1st 2018.

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


11 Responses to “Vella Chapbook Contest Guidelines”

  1. Gleah Powers said

    My manuscript is one page over the limit. Would it be alright to submit it?
    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! 🙂

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