Guidelines: The Summer Kitchen Series

The Summer Kitchen Series features three to five titles each summer, published in a limited edition of only 49 copies, 25 of which go directly to the poets. Titles are selected by the editor. Last year, just to shake things up, we invited direct submissions for this series. In 2020, we will select two titles from a two-week open submission window. Here are the complete guidelines:
  • 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 February 1 – February 14, and the selected title(s) will be scheduled for publication in summer of 2020.
  • 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 16-20 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. 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. We have always been interested in new poets as well as more established writers, but please send your best work. 
  • Include a table of contents page.
  • Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.
  • Manuscript titles will be posted, in alphabetical order, on the Seven Kitchens Press site (look for the “manuscripts received” tab, and remember to refresh the page to see the most current listings).
  • 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 February 1 and February 14, 2020, and manuscript(s) will be selected on or before April 1. Two manuscripts will be chosen for the series through this submission window.
  • 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; 811 Commons Drive; Milford OH 45150.
  • If sending by e-mail, please send your manuscript in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx file); include the words “Summer Kitchen Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail, and please title your document SUMMER_YOUR TITLE. Send to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com.
  • Please do not send images.
  • There is never a reading fee for any of our series. However, we will gratefully accept any donation that you wish to make in support of our micropress. 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 or carrier pigeon or you-tell-me. (Seriously: supporting our micropress could not be any simpler.)
  • Please notify us of any changes in your contact information, especially your e-mail address!

Titles in this series: