Submissions are currently closed. Our next reading period will be July 1-July 31, 2014.
Our 2012 guest judge, Elena Georgiou, selected the co-winners of the 2011 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize: Indecency, by David J. Daniels of Denver, Colorado, and Portraits, bySarah Wiseman of Napanee, Ontario will be published in 2013 as #9 and #10 in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series. For the first time, we’ll also publish a third manuscript: Controlled Burn, by Flower Conroy of Key West, Florida. Thanks to everyone who entered work and helped spread the word about this series. We couldn’t do this without you.
SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS proudly sponsors the annual ROBIN BECKER CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer writer.
Prize: 50 copies (a $350 value).
Submission deadline: Postmarked between July 1 and July 31, 2013.
Eligibility: Open to all L/G/B/T/Q poets writing in English (no translations, please).
Please note this important change to our guidelines: We will now alternate eligibility for this series by selecting from manuscripts by writers with no previous book or chapbook publication during odd-numbered years, and by writers with previous book or chapbook publication during even-numbered years.
Please read the guidelines carefully; the complete guidelines are posted on the Seven Kitchens site and we are not responsible for other versions of the guidelines that may be posted, in whole or in part, elsewhere.
Any poet who identifies as L/G/B/T/Q is eligible to submit to the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize.
- The manuscript itself need not address L/G/B/T/Q themes, though such work is welcome.
- The final judge for this year’s series will be announced on the 7KP website.
- For 2013, we will be reading manuscripts only by writers with no previous book or chapbook publication.
- Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages (plus front matter such as table of contents, acknowledgments, or notes).
- Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number; the second cover page should have the manuscript title only.
- Include a table of contents page, if appropriate.
- The collection may contain a series of poems or one single chapbook-length poem.
- Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.
- Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical note, including a statement of any previous book or chapbook publication.
- The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript.
- Collaborative works are accepted. Should a winning manuscript be collaboratively written, the author copies will be shared equally.
- All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged in.
- Manuscript titles and their log numbers will be posted on the Seven Kitchens website [http:// sevenkitchenspress dot com] as they are processed.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly by email if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
- Submissions must be posted between July 1 and July 31, 2013.
- The winning manuscript(s) will be announced in the fall of 2013 and will be published in 2014.
- Manuscript finalists may be offered publication by Seven Kitchens Press.
- Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail.
- If sending by mail, do not staple or bind your manuscript; please use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope. Please do not use expedited delivery services; your postmark date is sufficient to ensure your entry qualification, and we will allow 7-10 days for receipt of all mailed entries after July 31. Use First-Class Mail and consider spending the money you’ve saved on a chapbook from a small, independent press! Mail your manuscript to: Seven Kitchens Press, Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, PO Box 668, Lewisburg PA 17837.
- If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx files); you must include the words “Robin Becker Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail to get past our spam filter. Send to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com.
- Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript (multiple submissions are welcome). IMPORTANT: Checks should be made payable to Ron Mohring. Online payment may be made via PayPal to seven kitchens at yahoo dot com. It is okay to send the ms. via e-mail and the check separately by regular mail.
- Each entrant will receive one copy (your choice) of either winning chapbook, to be published in 2014.
- The winner will receive fifty (50) copies of her or his chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
This chapbook series honors Robin Becker, whose continuing accomplishments as a poet, professor, and mentor of lesbian and gay writers deserve wider acclaim. Becker serves as poetry editor for the Women’s Review of Books and is a professor of English and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of six collections of poems, including Giacometti’s Dog (1990), All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000), and Domain of Perfect Affection (2006), all from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and of the chapbook Venetian Blue (Frick Art & Historical Center, 2002).
Titles in this series to date:
- Lost Lands by Judith Barrington (2008 winner, selected by Robin Becker)
- Postcard from P-town by Steven Riel (2008 finalist)
- Scavenge by RJ Gibson (2009 co-winner, selected by Ruth L. Schwartz)
- Inland Sea by Erin R Bertram (2009 co-winner, selected by Ruth L. Schwartz)
- Radiantly We Inhabit the Air by Christina Hutchins (2010 co-winner, selected by Eloise Klein Healy)
- The Mystery of Horses by Austin Gray (2010 co-winner, selected by Eloise Klein Healy)
- Each Perfect One by Ellen Goldberg (2011 co-winner, selected by Judith Barrington)
- Catch & Release by D. Gilson (2011 co-winner, selected by Judith Barrington)
- Indecency by David J. Daniels (2012 co-winner, selected by Elena Georgiou) [forthcoming]
- Portraits by Sarah Wiseman (2012 co-winner, selected by Elena Georgiou) [forthcoming]
- Controlled Burn by Flower Conroy (2012 finalist) [forthcoming]