Guidelines: The A.V. Christie Chapbook Series

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Submissions for the A.V. Christie Chapbook Series are considered annually in February. Thank you for your interest in Seven Kitchens Press and this series. Complete guidelines are below.

Guidelines:

Seven Kitchens Press is proud to sponsor the annual A.V. Christie Chapbook Series for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript by a woman writer over the age of 50. This series honors the vision of poet & teacher A.V. Christie and is being launched in 2022 thanks to the generous donations of A.V.’s friends and colleagues. We are especially proud to offer this series in her memory 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.

  • Two manuscripts, one by a writer with, and one by a writer without, previous book or chapbook publication, will be selected for publication in the A.V. Christie Chapbook Series, each in a limited edition of 100 copies.
  • Each winning poet will receive 25 copies of their chapbook, which will be designed, printed, and hand-assembled by Seven Kitchens Press. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies to reviewers, libraries, and organizations at the author’s recommendation.
  • The annual reading period will extend from February 1 – February 28, with the selected title(s) scheduled for publication in August and September. 
  • There are no restrictions on content or form. 
  • There is no reading fee, though we encourage readers to purchase copies of our chapbooks and we gratefully accept donations large or small. Seven Kitchens survives solely on your donations and on the sale of our chapbooks.
  • Manuscripts will be read by Ron Mohring and two or three selected readers. Finalists will be passed along to a guest judge. For 2022, Nathalie Anderson will serve as judge.
    • The final judge and publisher may, at their discretion, choose not to award publication in either category. It is also possible that more than one manuscript in either category may be offered publication. Please send your very best work.
  • Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages of poems, plus front matter such as table of contents, acknowledgments, or notes. Please do not include more than one poem per page. Do not include illustrations of any kind. Please don’t use fancy fonts. Include a cover page providing the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number. (It is perfectly fine to place all front matter at the end of the document so as to avoid pagination formatting issues.) There is no need to send a second file. We seek work from a diverse range of voices and backgrounds; please introduce yourself in a biographical note.
  • In your brief (one paragraph) biographical note, include a statement of any previous or pending book or chapbook publication. (We need this information in order to read your manuscript in its proper category; we are very open to work by new writers and this series is designed to showcase both emerging and established poets.) 
  • Please follow all guidelines. Manuscripts received without necessary information will indicate to us that you have not spent adequate attention to presenting your work. It’s always a good idea to check any publisher’s website for complete guidelines rather than rely on second-hand sources.
  • The collection may contain a series of poems or one single chapbook-length poem.
  • Collaborative works are welcome. Should a winning manuscript be collaboratively written, author copies will be distributed equally (for example, two authors writing collaboratively would receive 15 copies apiece, or 30% of the print run).
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere by sending an e-mail to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com.
  • Submissions must be emailed or posted between February 1 – February 28.
  • Please do not double-dip: If your manuscript is currently under consideration for another of our series, please do not send the same work for this series.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome as long as they are not already under consideration for another of our series.
  • We hope to announce the winning manuscript(s) on or before July 1; manuscripts will be published in summer (in August or September) of the year they are selected. 
  • Authors will receive updates throughout the process: once finalists have been selected, they will be notified by email, and all other entrants will be individually notified via email. 
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail.
  • If sending by mail, 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 entries mailed after February 28. Use First-Class Mail and consider spending the money you’ve saved on a chapbook from a small, independent press! Mail your manuscript to: Ron Mohring, Publisher; Seven Kitchens Press; 2547 Losantiville Ave; Cincinnati OH 45237.
  • If sending by e-mail, please send your manuscript in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx file); include the words “A.V. Christie Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail, and please title your document Christie_Your Title. Send to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com.
  • Manuscript titles will be posted, alphabetically by title, on the Seven Kitchens Press site (remember to refresh this page to see the most current information).
  • There is no reading fee; however, we will gratefully accept any donation that you wish to make in support of this series. Checks may be made out to Ron Mohring; Paypal donations may be sent to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com. Please feel free to reach out directly via the email address above if you would like to discuss other options.
  • Please consider purchasing titles in this series. For a modest donation of $10 with your manuscript entry, we are happy to send you a copy of A.V. Christie’s The Wonders, which was selected as Number 6 in Volume 2 of our Editor’s Series in 2014.  
  • Please notify us of any changes in your contact information, especially your e-mail address!

The Series:

This chapbook series honors the vision of A.V. Christie. Her poems appeared in Poetry, Commonweal, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, and Ploughshares, among many other journals. Christie received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Maryland and Pennsylvania State Arts Councils. A visiting writer at Villanova and LaSalle Universities, at Bryn Mawr and Goucher Colleges, at Penn State Abington and at the University of Maryland, she also taught private workshops and was Associate Director at the Chester County Art Association. Her first poetry collection, Nine Skies, was selected by Henri Cole for the 1996 National Poetry Series, followed by The Housing (2006, Ashland Poetry Press), The Wonders (2014, Seven Kitchens Press), and And I Began to Entertain Doubts (2016, Folded Word Press). Christie passed away in April of 2016.