Fall 2018 Chapbook Competition
May 15 – October 1, 2018

Prizes: First prize is 12 copies of the chapbook; additional prizes include your artwork or piece featured in an issue of The Bitchin’ Kitsch.

For the seventh time, The Bitchin’ Kitsch is proud to announce our chapbook competition. We are looking for an unpublished chapbook of writing, artwork, or a combination of both between 16-20 pages in length (this includes any acknowledgements page, table of contents, and bios). The competition is open to new, emerging, and established writers and/or artists who have or have not submitted to The Bitchin’ Kitsch previously. Collaborations are also accepted. The winner will receive book publication with 12 artist copies, and energetic promotion by The Bitchin’ Kitsch staff.

The B’K Chapbook Competition is open to anyone writing in the English language or any artist. Translations and previously published works are not eligible. Individual written pieces and artworks may have been previously published in other publications as long as the work as a whole has not.

Submit a collection of works (written, visual, or both) of between 16-20 pages with the title and page number clearly on the upper right hand side of each page. Include a cover page with the title and your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Each piece will be read anonymously and the cover sheet will only be referred to after the piece has been thoroughly reviewed.

All pieces, in order to be considered, must obey our general submission guidelines. Please visit our full submission guidelines. Additional chapbook only guidelines include:

  • If your chapbook is a poetry or an art chapbook, pages should only contain one poem or one piece of art, as this is how it will be formatted in the final version. Please use 12 point font to determine number of pages. If you submit your chapbook formatted a different way, the review committee will reformat, and your submission could be disqualified if the number of pages exceeds the limit.
  • The submitted chapbook must be the final version. Small edits (spelling and grammar) can be made after acceptance, but the chapbook must not change from the submitted version. Our review team approved a specific chapbook.
  • The 16-20 pages is a total count, including any acknowledgements page, table of contents, and bios. Acknowledgements pages, table of contents, and bios are not required. However, if your chapbook covers specific sensitive topics having to do with a protected class, we will require a bio.
  • If chosen, you will need a chapbook cover. You are welcome to design your own, have someone else design it, or Chris can design one for you. If Chris does design your cover, please be specific with what you want, and keep the edits to a minimum. We do want you to get the chapbook you want, but we are also doing this on our own dime and time.

When we have received your submission, you will receive an email indicating that we have received it.

All entries must be postmarked or received by 5 pm MST on October1, 2018.

Due to a returned check and some issues in the past, we are no longer accepting personal checks. There is a $10 reading fee for this competition. If you are mailing your submission, please enclose a money order for the reading fee, payable to Chris Talbot-Heindl and send to The Bitchin’ Kitsch, 1635 Cook St #214, Denver, CO 80206. We would prefer that you submit online, using our Store and emailing your submission to chris@talbot-heindl.com.

Past Winners

Our sixth chapbook competition winner is Lucía Orellana-Damacela with her chapbook “Life Lines.” The chapbook is available in our store and on Kindle in e-book and paperback.

Our fifth chapbook competition winner is Clara B. Jones with her chapbook, “in-dig-e-nous.” It is available for sale in our store and on Kindle.

Our fourth chapbook competition winner is Rachel Schmieder-Gropen for her chapbook, “Bondage for Beginners.” It is available for sale in our store and on Kindle.

Our third chapbook competition winner is David Thompson, with her chapbook, “A World Without Horses.” Copies of David’s chapbook are available on Kindle.

Our second chapbook competition winner is Clara B. Jones, with her chapbook, “Ferguson and Other Satirical Poems About Race.” Copies of Clara’s chapbook are available on Kindle.

Our first chapbook competition winner is Glen Armstrong, with his chapbook, “Set List.” Check it out here:

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