Guidelines: The Robin Becker Chapbook Prize

Seven Kitchens Press regrets that manuscripts will not be considered during 2014 as we work on catching up with the backlog of titles already accepted for publication. Thanks for your patience and support.

The Robin Becker Prize was suspended for 2014 (as were all submissions) but will resume in 2015; there will be no reading fee next year (we’re hoping that the series will be funded through book sales and donations alone). Please check our submission guidelines in November for new, updated information on how to submit your poems.


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 seven collections of poems, including Giacometti’s Dog (1990), All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000), Domain of Perfect Affection (2006), and Tiger Heron (2014), 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)
  • Portraits by Sarah Wiseman (2012 co-winner, selected by Elena Georgiou) [forthcoming]
  • Something to Hide My Face In by Doug Paul case (2013 winner, selected by Ron Mohring) [forthcoming]

4 thoughts on “Guidelines: The Robin Becker Chapbook Prize

    1. Seven Kitchens Press Post author

      Melinda, I suppose it depends on how many copies were distributed. If less than, say, 25, then I don’t know that it would “count” in any official estimation. But some presses (including Seven Kitchens) publish limited-edition chapbooks in print runs of less than 50, and I believe those definitely count. Of course some folks don’t count self-published work at all, but that’s a gray area as well.
      Either way, your manuscript is eligible. Just provide as much detail as you can about the previous publication and we’ll put it into one or the other category.

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