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Pengician Poetry Chapbook Prize

Pengician Poetry Chapbook Prize is an annual competition designed to give aspiring poets the opportunity to self publishing their first chapbook at no cost.

In 1 January–14 February only, Poemify Publishing Inc. accepts chapbook-length manuscripts from writers who have not yet published a full-length book. Our open submission period aims to advance the careers of emerging writers by publishing their work in ebook.

Submissions are open to finalists, but not winners of Poemify Publishing Inc. Chapbook Prizes. One chapbook per year is selected by Poemify Publishing Inc. editors, more when our budget allows.

  • Only open to poets without a published full-length book.
  • No fee, no guest judge, no prize money.
  • Poet receives royalties contract (50% digital).

Timeline

The contest will open on 1st January and close at 11:59 PM PST on February 14th!

Eligibility

This competition is open to writers ages 18+ from Africa.

Manuscript Eligibility

Open to all previously unpublished, chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry (loosely defined) written in English. Manuscripts that contain previously published poems are eligible, so long as the manuscript is unpublished as a collection.

What We Like

We value energy and voice and force, work that crosses borders or tear down walls of partition, work that questions and evoke thoughts, work that thrill, induce tears and tickle at the same time, work that lives in the world, work with uneasy fingers and a half-empty stomach. We love to think that poetry is and ought to be part of our everyday lives and culture; give us your best of these.

Guidelines

Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length (20-30 pages) manuscript of poetry using the submission form at the end of this page. The manuscript, in one .DOC file, should include: a title page with the title of the book only (no contact or identifying information about the author), a table of contents page, and the text itself.

The full .DOC, all-inclusive, MUST be 35 pages or less. Files longer than 35 pages or shorter than 20 pages will be disqualified.

Include, in the BIO section of the form, a brief letter with the title of your work and your contact info, as well as a brief bio. If you wish, you may also include info about your web and social media presence, but this is not required. Your name and contact information SHOULD NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript–we only want your name in the BIO section itself. (Note: If your name appears in a poem, change it / falsify it / cut the poem—if your name appears ANYWHERE in the manuscript, your entry may be disqualified.)

Start each new poem on a new page (poems longer than one page are fine, just don’t put multiple short poems on the same page); use a legible, 10- to 12-point font like Times New Roman.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Collaborative manuscripts written by more than one author are fine, too. Fine, fine, fine.

Process

The judges will read all submissions blindly to ensure the maximum level of fairness and select 8-12 finalists. The finalists will then be forwarded along to the final judge, who will select a winner.

For additional questions, please email poemifypublishers@gmail.com

Submission Form

If you have any difficulty using the submission form, kindly send your submission via email to email poemifypublishers@gmail.com

In most cases, if you receive this error popup ‘please check your internet connection’, your submission was successful. Check your email for an email from us before you make another attempt.

Submit Manuscript

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