Guidelines: The Robin Becker Chapbook Series

Submissions for the Robin Becker Chapbook Series are considered annually in April; in 2022, please send manuscripts from April 1 – April 30. Thank you for your interest in Seven Kitchens Press and this series. Full guidelines are posted below.  

Official guidelines: the Robin Becker Chapbook Series seeks original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English by LGBTQ+ writers. All styles welcome. We are especially interested in  reading poets from marginalized communities. 

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Our series editor is Steve Bellin-Oka.
  • 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.
  • The reading period will extend from April 1 – April 30,  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 
  • 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 April 1 and April 30, 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; 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 “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!


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:

Steve Bellin-Oka (2021 – ) earned his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He is the author of a chapbook, Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station (Seven Kitchens Press 2017). His first book of poems, Instructions for Seeing a Ghost, was chosen by Peter Balakian as the winner of the 2019 Vassar Miller Prize and was published in 2020 by the University of North Texas Press. The recipient of a 2019-2020 Tulsa Artists Fellowship from the George Kaiser Family Foundation for public engagement with the arts, he has previously taught creative writing, literature, and film studies at the University of Mississippi, St. Norbert College, and Eastern New Mexico University. His other honors include fellowships from Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Crosstown Arts. He is the poetry editor of The Bookends Review and a contributing editor for Nimrod International Journal. He has previously served with Seven Kitchens Press as co-editor of the Keystone Chapbook Series. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Steve currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is a teaching artist.

Ron Mohring (2008 – 2020) 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, and his second book, The Boy Who Reads in the Trees, is forthcoming in 2023 from The Word Works. Ron 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 – 2020) 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, was published by honeysuckle press. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and former academic. Find her web site here.

Titles in this series to date:

Our sincere thanks to the following poets who have served as guest judges in this series:

  • Robin Becker
  • Ruth L. Schwartz
  • Eloise Klein Healy
  • Judith Barrington
  • Elena Georgiou
  • Ching-In Chen
  • Julie R. Enszer
  • Nickole Brown

21 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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  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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  10. corastillwrites

    This is a rather awkward question, but what counts as LGBTQ? I consider myself to be queer (I’m asexual/aromantic) but I know some people would say otherwise and I just wanted to check if it’s okay to submit to this contest.

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