Guidelines: The Keystone Chapbook Series

Submissions for the 2017 Keystone Chapbook Series are currently closed. Thank you for sending your work and sharing the word about our longest-running series. Manuscripts are considered annually from June 1 – July 15.

Thanks so much to this year’s judge, Marjorie Maddox, author of  What She Was Saying (Fomite Press) and of the chapbook, Wives’ Tales (Seven Kitchens Press), who selected the winning manuscripts: “Among the Other Dead” by Deborah Burnham of Philadelphia, PA, and “Leaving Erebus” by William Varner of South Berwick, Maine. Their chapbooks will be published in summer of 2018. 

Thank you, as well, to folks who made donations to help support this series. 

Official guidelines: the Keystone Chapbook Series seeks original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English by Pennsylvania writers:

  • 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 Keystone Chapbook Series in a limited edition of 100 copies.
  • Each winning poet will receive 25 copies of her 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 2018 reading period will extend from June 1 – July 15, and the selected title(s) will be scheduled for publication in February, 2019. 
  • There is no reading fee; however, we cannot survive as a micropress without your support. Therefore, we humbly beg you for a donation, in any amount, to help fund this series. Seriously: any amount. It’s super-easy to donate through Paypal or even directly to me, Ron, through Facebook. 
  • We consider a “Pennsylvania writer” as one who was born in, or has lived in, Pennsylvania, as well as any writer with a self-defined “Pennsylvania connection.” The manuscript need not address Pennsylvania themes, though such work is welcome.
  • Update: Readers for this year’s series selections are Ron Mohring and Steve Bellin-Oka, who has joined Seven Kitchens Press as co-editor of the Keystone Chapbook Series.
    • The editors and judge 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 (not including front matter), with no more than one poem per page.
  • Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number; the second cover page should have the manuscript title only.
  • Include a table of contents page.
  • Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.
  • The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript.
  • All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will be separate from the manuscripts as they are logged. 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).
  • 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 June 1 and July 15, 2018.
  • 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.Include a brief (100-200 words) biographical note, including a statement of any previous book or chapbook publication.
  • If sending by e-mail, please send TWO documents in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx file); you must include the words “Keystone Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail.
    • One document should be the complete, paginated manuscript with title page and table of contents, and should be titled KEYSTONE_YOUR TITLE. 
    • The second document should consist of all front matter (title page with author information, acknowledgments page, bio, and statement of previous book or chapbook publication), and should be titled KEYSTONE_YOUR TITLE_FRONT MATTER. Please do not send images.
  • There is no reading fee for the Keystone Chapbook Series. 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 consider puchasing titles in this series. Copies of the winning chapbooks will be available to entrants at the price of $9 with free shipping. Please bear in mind that a limited-edition print run may sell out quickly, so if you want to guarantee yourself a copy, consider an early purchase. Inquiries regarding other titles in the series are welcome at the e-mail address below.
  • Send your manuscript:
    • by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com; or
    • by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher; Seven Kitchens Press; PO Box 492; Loveland OH 45140.

Entrants are responsible for keeping the press informed of changes in address or contact e-mail.

All previous titles in the Keystone Series are available for purchase. Please support these poets:

We also highly recommend the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, edited by Marjorie Maddox and Jerry Wemple and published by Penn State University Press.


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