Guidelines: The Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series

Submissions for the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series are currently closed. The editors are currently re-reading the finalist’s manuscripts. In the spirit of transparency, individual emails will be sent out by August 21. Thank you for supporting this series and for your your patience as we deliberate.

Please note that the next reading period for the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series will extend from October 1 until November 15, 2017. (The 2016 guidelines will remain posted below for reference.)

2016 Guidelines:

Seven Kitchens Press is proud to sponsor the annual Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript.

Authors will receive 25 free copies of their winning chapbook (a $225 value).
Submission deadline: Postmarked or e-mailed between November 1 and December 16, 2016.
Eligibility: Open to all poets writing in English (some Spanish is fine, but the majority of the text must be in English); no other restrictions on content or form.

Please read the guidelines carefully; the complete guidelines are posted on the Seven Kitchens site and we are not responsible for other versions of the guidelines that may be posted, in whole or in part, elsewhere.

Complete Guidelines:

This series honors the vision of poet & teacher Rane Arroyo and is open to all poets. Though Seven Kitchens publishes almost exclusively in English, we welcome manuscripts for this series that mix English and Spanish.

  • For 2016, there will again be 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.
  • Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages of poems, plus front matter such as table of contents, acknowledgments, or notes. Do not include illustrations of any kind. Please don’t use fancy fonts.
  • 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, if appropriate.
  • Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published. 
  • Please include a brief (100-150 words) biographical note, including a statement of any previous book or chapbook publication. We would like to publish two manuscripts this year: one by an author with, and one by an author without, previous book or chapbook publications. 
  • The collection may contain a series of poems or one single chapbook-length poem.
  • The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript.
  • Collaborative works are welcome. Should a winning manuscript be collaboratively written, the author copies will be shared equally.
  • The judges reserve the right to not declare a winner in either category should the quality of manuscripts be deemed insufficient, so send your best work.
  • All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged in.
  • Manuscript titles and their log numbers will be posted on the Seven Kitchens website [http://sevenkitchenspress dot com] as they are processed.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly by email if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submissions must be emailed or posted between November 1 – December 16, 2016.
  • We hope to announce the winning manuscript(s) on or before April 15, 2017; manuscripts will be published in 2017.
  • Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for publication by Seven Kitchens Press.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail.
  • If sending by mail, do not staple or bind your manuscript; 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 December 16. Use First-Class Mail and consider spending the money you’ve saved on a chapbook from a small, independent press! Mail your manuscript to: Seven Kitchens Press, Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize, PO Box 492, Loveland OH 45140.
  • If sending by e-mail, please send TWO documents in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx file); you must include the words “Rane Arroyo 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 ARROYO_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 ARROYO_YOUR TITLE_FRONT MATTER. Please email your manuscript to: sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com. Please do not send images.
  • There is no reading fee, but please consider making a donation to support this series: checks should be made payable to Ron Mohring, not Seven Kitchens. Online donations may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com.
  • The publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews.

About the Series:

This chapbook series honors the vision of Rane Arroyo, a deeply talented and much-beloved poet, playwright, and professor. Arroyo received his PhD in English and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and taught most recently at the University of Toledo. His poetry collections include The Singing Shark, Home Movies of Narcissus, The Portable Famine, Same-Sex Seances, The Buried Sea: New & Selected Poems, and The Sky’s Weight. He also published a book of stories, How to Name a Hurricane, and several plays. He died suddenly and unexpectedly in May of 2010.

About the Editors:

Ron Mohring (2012 – ) holds degrees from the University of Houston and Vermont College of Norwich University. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Assaracus, Bloom, diode, Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, and many other journals. He has served as the Stadler Fellow and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His chapbooks are Amateur Grief (Frank O’Hara Prize), The David Museum (New Michigan Press Prize), Beneficence (Pecan Grove Press), and Touch Me Not (Two Rivers Review Prize); his full-length collection, Survivable World, won the Washington Prize. In 2007 he founded Seven Kitchens Press.

Dan Vera (2016 – ) is a poet, editor, and watercolorist living in Washington, DC. His most recent book, Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press, 2013), won the 2012 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Press Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cutthroat, Naugatuck River Review, Notre Dame Review, White Crane, and many other journals, and in the anthologies D.C. Poets Against the War, Divining Divas, Gratitude Prayers, and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South. His poem, “Lingering Fraction” recently won the 2017 Oscar Wilde Award from Gival Press.

Eduardo C Corral (2012 – 2015) won the Yale Younger Poets Prize for his debut collection of poetry, Slow Lightning; he is the first Latino recipient of this award. A CantoMundo Fellow, his numerous honors include the Discovery/The Nation Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, and the Olive B O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing at Colgate University.

Titles in the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series: 


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