Fall 2017 Chapbook Competition
October 1 – December 1, 2017

We are happy to announce that the Fall 2017 Chapbook Competition winner is Lucía Orellana-Damacela with her chapbook “Life Lines.” The chapbook is available in our store and will soon be available on Amazon Kindle in digital and print form.

Prizes: First prize is 15 copies of the chapbook; additional prizes include your artwork or piece featured in an issue of Resistance is Fertile or The Bitchin’ Kitsch.

For the sixth 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 We are looking for an unpublished chapbook of writing, artwork, or a combination of both between 12-16 pages in length (this includes any acknowledgements page, table of contents, and bios).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 15 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 12-16 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. Please do not send bios. We are not interested in how little or how much you have been previously published.

All pieces, in order to be considered, must obey our general submission guidelines. Your submission must not:

  1. Implicate yourself in a crime.
  2. Be partially or fully plagiarized.
  3. Slander a member of the general population.
  4. Use women or children as an object/bargaining chip for a male protagonist.
  5. Reduce women to body parts, objects, or in any other way dehumanize a woman.
  6. Have a main focus of sexual attraction of exploitation.
  7. Be erotica.
  8. Sexualize a child.
  9. Use child molestation or rape against children as a plot point.
  10. Use rape or sexual violence against women as a plot point.
  11. Include content that could be considered sexist, fetishist, homophobic, transphobic, racist, ableist, or any other protected class.

For more information about the rules, please visit our full submission guidelines.

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 December 1, 2017.

Due to a returned check and some issues in the past, we are no longer accepting personal checks. There is a $5 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 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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