Category Archives: Keystone Chapbook Prize

Update: Becker Prize status, new 2012 Editor’s Series titles

Hi, folks. Just a quick update today to let you know that the manuscripts have been narrowed down to twelve finalists for the Robin Becker Prize; we expect to name the co-winners sometime in October. (Yes, we’re running late this year, but things have been hopping around here.) All the finalists have been contacted as of Sept 20 and we’re just about to update the online manuscript log to reflect that status. Thanks again to everyone who supported this series for another year. Once the co-winners are selected, we’ll be e-mailing you to find out which title you’d like to receive.

Our thanks to everyone who ordered copies of Catherine Staples’ Never a Note Forfeit: the response was so overwhelming that we are still catching up with orders. Catherine’s chapbook went into a second printing on the day it was released, and a third printing the same month (July)! If you’ve not yet received your copy, please know that we’re working on it. And thanks so much for your patience and support.

We’re currently reading through the Keystone Chapbook entries and will post an update in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, we’re pretty much over the moon about two chapbooks we’ve just contracted to publish next fall in the Editor’s Series, both by poets in the Seven Kitchens family: The Vanishing of Camille Claudel by Erin M. Bertram, and Mistakes with Strangers by Jeff Oaks. Please join us in congratulating Erin and Jeff!

Over. The. Moon.

Keystone reading period closes tonight

How did August 15th creep up on us so quickly? Today’s the deadline to submit work in consideration for the Keystone Chapbook Prize, which will be judged this year by the fabulous Sascha Feinstein. If you’re sending by e-mail, you still have time (a little over four hours here in my time zone); if you haven’t posted your snailmail manuscript by midnight tonight, it’s officially too late.

Note that I said “officially”: folks, I’m a teddy bear. Send the manuscript tomorrow or even Wednesday with a creative note of apology and we’re perfectly happy to accept it. So please don’t panic on our account.

Oh–the guidelines are here.

Keystone Chapbook Prize opens tomorrow

Get those manuscripts ready: the reading period for this year’s Keystone Chapbook Prize opens tomorrow, July 1. Writers eligible for the Keystone Chapbook Prize include those who live in or have lived in Pennsylvania, those who were born here, and those who are writing with some Pennsylvania connection in their work. See full guidelines here, and good luck!

Catherine Staples chapbook forthcoming: preorder now!

Never a Note Forfeit. Number 8 in the Keystone Chapbook Series and co-winner of the 2010 Keystone Chapbook Prize, selected by guest judge Betsy Sholl, this chapbook is scheduled for publication on July 1. Pre-orders are welcome–please click here.

Preorder Braids & Other Sestinas by Leonard Kress

 We’re now accepting pre-orders for Braids & Other Sestinas by Leonard Kress, which was selected by Betsy Sholl as co-winner of the 2010 Keystone Chapbook Prize. Copies should be ready to mail out by the first week of June; we’ll fill pre-orders first and then start sending out complimentary copies to the folks who entered a manuscript last year and have selected Braids as your preferred title. (The other co-winner, Never a Note Forfeit by Catherine Staples, is currently in production.)

Look for a fresh author page and ordering information under our “Our Books” tab; it should be up within 24 hours.

New links

We’ve updated the “In production” tab to include new pages for Leonard Kress & Catherine Staples, whose Keystone Prize-winning chapbooks will come out in April & May. You can read a sample poem on each writer’s page. Stay tuned for the 2011 Summer Kitchen Series announcement–we’re just about to post these as well.

Keystone Chapbook Prize co-winners selected

The results are in: this year’s guest judge, Betsy Sholl, has selected “Never a Note Forfeit,” by Catherine Staples, as the winning manuscript among writers with no previous chapbook publication for this year’s Keystone Prize. The runner-up manuscript was Jillian Barnett’s “You Don’t Need a Nose (and Other Things I’ve Learned).”

From the manuscripts by writers with previous chapbook or book publication, Betsy has selected “Braid & Other Sestinas” by Leonard Kress. The runner-up manuscript was “Appalachian Venus” by Melody Davis.

Leonard’s chapbook will be published in April 2011, and Catherine’s will be published in May 2011.

We want to thank everyone who submitted work, shared the word, and helped to make this the most successful year ever for the Keystone Series. With your support, Seven Kitchens continues to grow and uphold our commitment to publish strong, original poetry in handmade editions that our authors can be proud of. Special thanks to Betsy Sholl for serving as this year’s judge.

Next year’s Keystone Series has a new reading period: July 1 to August 15, 2011. Please mark your calendars!