Guidelines: The Allison Joseph Chapbook Series

Submissions for the Allison Joseph Chapbook Series will be considered annually in May; in 2022, for the launch of this series, please send manuscripts from May 1 – June 30. (Deadline extended!) Thank you for your interest in Seven Kitchens Press and this series. Full guidelines are posted below. 

Official guidelines: the Allison Joseph Chapbook Series seeks original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English by BIPOC women writers. All styles welcome.

  • Two manuscripts, one by a writer with, and one by a writer without, previous book or chapbook publication, are sought for publication in the Allison Joseph Chapbook Series.
  • Each chapbook will be printed in a limited edition of 100 copies, with the option of successive printings. The chapbooks will be designed, printed, and hand-assembled by Seven Kitchens Press. The authors will receive 25% of the print run. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies to reviewers, libraries, and organizations at the author’s recommendation.
  • NB: The press may choose not to award publication in either category upon consultation between the guest judge and the editors. Please send your best work.
  • Our guest judge for the inaugural reading period will be Allison Joseph.
  • Writers who are recent former students or close friends of the guest judge should please refrain from sending their work. If you are unsure of your status, please inquire with the press by email.
  • Readers for this year’s series will be announced after June 30.
  • You may submit more than one manuscript, but please send them separately.
  • 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.
  • This year’s reading period will extend from May 1 – June 30,  and the selected title(s) will be scheduled for publication in December. The reading period in future years will extend from May 1 to May 31.
  • There is no reading fee; however, we do ask that you familiarize yourself with at least some of the work published by Seven Kitchens Press (a sample poem from each chapbook is published on the authors’ pages at 
  • Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages of poems with no more than one poem per page. Longer work will not be considered. Include a cover page providing the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number. There is no need to send a second file. We seek work from a diverse range of voices and backgrounds: feel free to introduce yourself in your biographical note.
  • Include a table of contents page.
  • Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.
  • Include a brief (one paragraph) biographical note, including 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.)
  • Manuscript titles will be posted, in alphabetical order, on the Seven Kitchens Press site (remember to refresh the page to see the most current listing).
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, 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 postmarked or e-mailed between May 1 and June 30, and the selected title(s) will be selected on or before September 1.
  • 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 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 “Allison Joseph Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail, and please title your document AJ_Your Title. Send to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com.
  • Please do not send images.
  • There is no reading fee. However, we will gratefully accept any donation that you wish to make in support of this series. Checks should be made out to Ron Mohring; Paypal donations may be sent to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com. 
  • Please consider purchasing titles in this series. For a modest donation of $10 with your manuscript entry, you may select a complimentary copy of any title in this series; just indicate in your cover material if you wish to do so. 
  • Please direct any inquiries to publisher Ron Mohring via the above email address. Though we welcome and appreciate social media connections, we might not see questions posted there.
  • Please notify us of any changes in your contact information, especially your e-mail address.


This chapbook 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 thrilled to launch a series in her name.

Allison Joseph is the author of numerous poetry collections, including What Keeps Us HereSoulTrainIn Every SeamWorldly PleasuresImitation of Life, My Father’s Kites, and Confessions of a Barefaced Woman. Allison lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.