Keystone Chapbook Series is now open

We are now reading manuscripts for our annual Keystone Chapbook Series through the month of June. Our new series editors, Jeff Walt and Karen J. Weyant, are eager to read your work.

The Keystone Chapbook Series was launched in 2007 with Underground Singing by Harry Humes. We welcome poetry manuscripts from writers with a Pennsylvania connection. Full guidelines are available here.

Give Ten: The Brigid Alliance

In response to increasing attacks on reproductive health care in the U.S., we have decided to dedicate this year’s Give Ten donations to The Brigid Alliance. The Brigid Alliance arranges and funds confidential, personalized travel support to those seeking abortion care in increasingly hostile environments.

Ten percent of all sales will be directed to The Brigid Alliance. Instead of a one-month donation drive, we will continue this donation from May 1 through the end of this year. Please consider donating to this cause.

  • August update: Thanks to your purchases since May 1, we have raised $228 for The Brigid Alliance. Thank you for supporting our poets and for helping poetry support reproductive health care!

Announcing the Allison Joseph Chapbook Series

We are thrilled to announce the second of two new chapbook series launching this year, both for women writers.

The Allison Joseph Chapbook Series seeks original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English by BIPOC women writers. All styles welcome. This series honors Allison Joseph, whose dedication as a writer, teacher, editor, and mentor has established her as an exemplary model of literary citizenship. We are especially proud to offer this series as part of our long-term commitment to publish women and other traditionally underrepresented voices, with the goal of making them a significant majority of our catalog.

Manuscripts will be considered annually during the month of May. NOTE: for the launch of this series, we will accept manuscripts until June 30. This year, Allison Joseph will serve as the final judge. Full guidelines are available here.

Erica Charis-Molling, How We Burn (Robin Becker Series)

Please join us in celebrating the release of Erica Charis-Molling’s chapbook, How We Burn, selected by series editor Steve Bellin-Oka as #26 in the Robin Becker Series. Order your copy here!

Robin Becker Series is open

It’s spring. It’s winter. Flip a coin; here in Cincinnati we toggle back and forth almost daily. But one thing is certain: it’s April, and we are eagerly looking forward to reading your manuscripts for the Robin Becker Chapbook Series! Submission window closes on April 30, so please check out our complete guidelines and send us your very best work!

Allison Blevins & Joshua Davis, Chorus for the Kill (Editor’s Series)

Please join us in celebrating the release of our newest chapbook: Chorus for the Kill, a collaboration between Allison Blevins and Joshua Davis, is Number 5 in Volume 5 of our Editor’s Series, and you can order your copy here.

Nora Hikari, GIRL 2.0 (Robin Becker Series)

Please join us in celebrating the release of our newest chapbook: selected by series editor Steve Bellin-Oka, Nora Hikari’s GIRL 2.0 is Number 25 in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series, and our 168th chapbook. Read a sample poem and order your copy here.

cover art: Paul Bilger

Brad Richard, In Place (Robin Becker Series)

Please join us in celebrating the release of our newest chapbook: Brad Richard’s In Place is Number 24 in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series, and our 167th chapbook. Read a sample poem and order your copy here.

Call: come join our team

We are so grateful to the folks who have come aboard as readers, guest judges, and series editors. Seven Kitchens is pressing forward with our vision to represent a diverse spectrum of voices, and we’d love some help. If you’d like to join our team, whether for a single project or a more long-term commitment, let’s talk. Email us at with the subject line pressing forward and we’ll get right back to you.

Current pressing needs include:

  • cover designers (for one or more projects)
  • readers (with the potential for advancement as series editors)
  • interviewers
  • reviewers
  • website helpers
  • local Cincinnati hands for production assistance