Guidelines: The Robin Becker Chapbook Series

Submissions for the 2017 Robin Becker Series are now open. Thank you for your interest in this series, and please consider purchasing one of our chapbooks to help support the press. The 2017 reading period will extend from April 1 – May 15; complete guidelines are posted below.

We received so many strong manuscripts in 2016, and wish to thank Julie R. Enszer, who selected the following titles for publication in spring of 2017:

  • So They Can Sing, by Ed Madden of Columbia, South Carolina
  • Portrait of a Voice, by Mary Ann Davis of Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Murmuration, by Hannah Larrabee of Salem, Massachusetts

April update: We are thrilled to announce that Crystal Boson will serve as co-editor of this series!

Official guidelines: the 2017 Robin Becker Chapbook Series seeks original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English by L/G/B/T/Q writers: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 Robin Becker Chapbook Series in a limited edition of 100 copies.
  • Each winning poet will receive 25 copies, 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.
  • NB: the guest judge and the publisher may, upon close consultation, choose not to award publication in either category should a manuscript not rise to the breathtaking standard set by previous titles in the series. Send your best work, kids.
  • The 2017 reading period will extend from April 1 – May 15.
  • There is no reading fee.
  • The guest judge for the 2017 series is Nickole Brown.
  • 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.
  • Include a brief (100-200 words) biographical note, including a statement of any previous or pending book or chapbook publication. (We need this information in order to log your manuscript into the proper category; we are very open to work by new and emerging writers.)
  • The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript.
  • All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged. Manuscript titles and log numbers will be posted on the Seven Kitchens Press site (remember to refresh the page to see the most current listing).
  • Close friends and current or recent students of the judge are asked to refrain from sending work so that we may adhere to a consistent judging ethic. (If you’re unsure, just ask.) Thanks.
  • 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 April 1 and May 15, 2017, and the selected title(s) will be scheduled for publication in November, 2017.
  • 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.
  • If sending by e-mail, please send TWO documents in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx file); include the words “Becker 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 BECKER_YOUR TITLE. 
    • The second document should consist of only the front matter (title page with author information, acknowledgments page, bio, and statement of previous book or chapbook publication), and should be titled BECKER_YOUR TITLE_FRONT MATTER. Please do not send images.
  • There is no reading fee for the Robin Becker Chapbook Series. 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 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 (preferred), 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.


This chapbook series honors Robin Becker, whose continuing accomplishments as a poet, professor, and mentor of lesbian and gay writers deserve wider acclaim. Becker serves as poetry editor for the Women’s Review of Books and is a professor of English and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of seven collections of poems, including Giacometti’s Dog (1990), All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000), Domain of Perfect Affection (2006), and Tiger Heron (2014), all from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and of the chapbook Venetian Blue (Frick Art & Historical Center, 2002).

Titles in this series to date:

  • Lost Lands by Judith Barrington
  • Postcard from P-town by Steven Riel
  • Scavenge by RJ Gibson 
  • Inland Sea by Erin R Bertram
  • Radiantly We Inhabit the Air by Christina Hutchins 
  • The Mystery of Horses by Austin Gray 
  • Each Perfect One by Ellen Goldberg 
  • Catch & Release by D. Gilson 
  • Indecency by David J. Daniels
  • Portraits by Sarah Wiseman 
  • Something to Hide My Face In by Doug Paul Case
  • What Hollywood Taught Me by Alison Taverna 
  • Fifty Degrees by Gregg Shapiro 
  • So They Can Sing by Ed Madden [forthcoming]
  • Portrait of a Voice by Mary Ann Davis [forthcoming]
  • Murmuration by Hannah Larrabee [forthcoming]

Guest judges in this series:

  • Robin Becker, 2008
  • Ruth L. Schwartz, 2009
  • Eloise Klein Healy, 2010
  • Judith Barrington, 2011
  • Elena Georgiou, 2012
  • Ron Mohring, 2013
  • Ching-In Chen, 2015
  • Julie R. Enszer, 2016
  • Nickole Brown, 2017

9 thoughts on “Guidelines: The Robin Becker Chapbook Series

    1. Seven Kitchens Press Post author

      Melinda, I suppose it depends on how many copies were distributed. If less than, say, 25, then I don’t know that it would “count” in any official estimation. But some presses (including Seven Kitchens) publish limited-edition chapbooks in print runs of less than 50, and I believe those definitely count. Of course some folks don’t count self-published work at all, but that’s a gray area as well.
      Either way, your manuscript is eligible. Just provide as much detail as you can about the previous publication and we’ll put it into one or the other category.

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