Guidelines: The Robin Becker Chapbook Series

Submissions for the 2018 Robin Becker Series are now closed. Our next reading period will extend from April 1 to May 15, 2019. Thank you for your interest in this series. All manuscripts will be read by series editors Crystal Boson and Ron Mohring. Please read the guidelines carefully, as we have made some changes this year.  

Official guidelines: the Robin Becker Chapbook Series seeks original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English by L/G/B/T/Q writers: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, are sought for publication in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series in a limited edition of 100 copies.
  • 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 copies. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies to reviewers, libraries, and organizations at the author’s recommendation.
  • NB: the series editors 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.
  • You may submit more than one manuscript, but please send them separately.
  • The reading period will extend from April 1 – May 15,  and the selected title(s) will be scheduled for publication in November.
  • There is no reading fee; however, we do ask that you familiarize yourself with at least some of the work published in this series (a sample poem from each chapbook is published on the authors’ pages at sevenkitchenspress.com). 
  • Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages of poems with no more than one poem per page. Include a cover page providing the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number. NEW: 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 April 1 and May 15, and the selected title(s) will be selected on or before August 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; PO Box 492; Loveland OH 45140.
  • If sending by e-mail, please send your manuscript in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx file); include the words “Becker Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail, and please title your document BECKER_YOUR TITLE. Send to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com.
  • 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. Any amount is appreciated. Checks should be made out to Ron Mohring; Paypal donations may be sent to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com. You can even send funds directly to me, Ron, through Facebook. (Seriously: supporting our micropress could not be any simpler.)
  • 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 notify us of any changes in your contact information, especially your e-mail address!

ABOUT THE SERIES:

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 was a professor of English and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of eight collections of poems, including Giacometti’s Dog (1990), All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000), Domain of Perfect Affection (2006), Tiger Heron (2014), and The Black Bear Inside Me (2018), all from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and of the chapbook Venetian Blue (Frick Art & Historical Center, 2002).

About the Series Editors:

Ron Mohring (2008 – ) is the author of four chapbooks: 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 Worldwon the Washington Prize. He has served as the Stadler Fellow and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. In 2007 he founded Seven Kitchens Press. 

Crystal Boson (2017 – ) is the author of two chapbooks from Seven Kitchens Press: The Icarus Series (2009) and The Queer Texas Prayerbook (2012). Her newest collection, bitter map, is forthcoming from honeysuckle press. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and former academic. Find her web site here.

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
  • Portrait of a Voice by Mary Ann Davis 
  • Murmuration by Hannah Larrabee 
  • Angels & Adultery by David J Bauman [forthcoming]
  • The Way to the Citadel by Chris Philpot [forthcoming]

Our sincere thanks to the following poets who have served as 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
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12 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.
      Ron

      Reply
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  8. L

    Is it okay if the manuscripts includes some prose poetry? I know some places prefer not to have them submitted so I thought I should check.

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