Category Archives: Robin Becker Chapbook Series

Robin Becker Chapbook – deadline extended

Well, it was bound to happen. Because your humble editor neglected to thoroughly proofread the posted guidelines, the deadline was listed as May 15. For this year only, we will therefore extend the submission deadline from April 15 to May 15. (You’re welcome.) For those of you scrambling to get manuscripts into the mail, relax.  For anyone who wants to take advantage of the (accidentally) extended deadline and submit a revised manuscript (not that there’s anything wrong with what you’ve already sent), that’s okay, too.


Two weeks remain: Get those Becker chapbooks in!

In just over two weeks–April 15–the submission period will close for the 4th annual Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Spread the word! Order a prize-winning title! Send us your work! We’d love to make this the biggest year yet for the Becker Prize. Thanks so much for your continued support.

Full guidelines here:

Judith Barrington to judge Robin Becker Prize

We’re thrilled to announce that Judith Barrington will judge this year’s Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Judith is the author of three poetry collections, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. The poetry books are: Horses and the Human Soul, History and Geography, and Trying to be an Honest Woman. She has also recorded a CD of selected poems titled Harvest. Prose books are: Lifesaving: A Memoir (winner of the Lambda Book Award and finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), and Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art which is used in numerous writing programs. Most recently, she has published two poetry chapbooks: Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea (8th Mountain Press) and Lost Lands (selected by Robin Becker as winner of the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize).

The reading period for the Robin Becker Prize is March 1 – April 15; complete guidelines are posted here.

Newest Robin Becker Series title by Austin Gray

Please join us in congratulating Austin Gray on his soon-to-be-released chapbook, The Mystery of Horses, selected by Eloise Klein Healy as co-winner of the 2010 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize along with Christina Hutchins’ Radiantly We Inhabit the Air. Pre-orders are now being accepted for this title, which is scheduled for official release on January 27.

Over the next week, we will e-mail poets who entered manuscripts for the 2010 series to ask which title you’d like to receive. If you have changed your e-mail or postal address since this past summer, please contact us.

New Robin Becker Series title by Christina Hutchins

We’re thrilled to announce the imminent release of Christina Hutchins’ latest collection, Radiantly We Inhabit the Air, selected by Eloise Klein Healy as co-winner of the 2010 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Pre-orders are now being accepted for this title, which is scheduled for official release on January 21.

Please stay tuned for more news on the other co-winning title–Austin Gray’s The Mystery of Horses–also due out this month.

New review: RJ Gibson’s Scavenge

Our thanks to Bernie Geyer for her fresh review of RJ Gibson’s Scavenge, Number 4 in our Robin Becker Series. If you, too would like to review one of our chapbooks, just send an e-mail to sevenkitchens at that yahoo place with “review” in the subject line.


Robin Becker Chapbook winners announced

The results are in: this year’s guest judge, Eloise Klein Healy, has selected Austin Gray’s “The Mystery of Horses” as the winning manuscript among writers with no previous chapbook publication for this year’s Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. The runner-up manuscript was Celeste Gainey’s “In the Land of Speculation & Seismography.”

From the manuscripts by writers with previous chapbook or book publication, Eloise has selected Christina Hutchins’ “Radiantly We Inhabit the Air.” The runner-up manuscript was Jeremy Halinen’s “Bromide.”

Christina’s chapbook will be published in January 2011, and Austin’s will be published in February 2011.

We want to thank everyone who submitted work and shared the word this year. Special thanks to Eloise Klein Healy for serving as this year’s judge. Next year’s Robin Becker Series has a new reading period: March 1 to April 15, 2011. Please mark your calendars!