Seven Kitchens Press 3rd Annual Keystone Chapbook Prize

SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS sponsors the third annual Keystone Chapbook Prize for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript in English by a Pennsylvania writer*.

  • Prize: $100 plus 25 copies.
  • Submission deadline: Postmarked between May 1 and July 15 of each year.
  • Eligibility: Open to all Pennsylvania writers. [*We consider a “Pennsylvania writer” as one who was born in, or has lived in, Pennsylvania, as well as any writer with a self-defined “Pennsylvania connection.”]
  • Please note the following change to this year’s competition: Two manuscripts will be selected as co-winners of the 2009 Keystone Chapbook Prize: one by a writer with no previous book or chapbook, and the other by a writer with previous book or chapbook publication.
  • Please read the guidelines carefully; the complete guidelines are posted on the Seven Kitchens site and we are not responsible for other versions of the guidelines that may be posted, in whole or in part, elsewhere.

COMPLETE GUIDELINES:

  • Anyone who identifies as a Pennsylvania writer is eligible to submit to the Keystone Chapbook Prize.
  • The manuscript itself need not address Pennsylvania themes, though such work is welcome.
  • The final judge for this year’s series is Karen J. Weyant, of Jamestown, New York..
  • Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages (not including front matter).
  • Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number; the second cover page should have the manuscript title only.
  • Include a table of contents page.
  • Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.
  • Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical note, including a statement of any previous or pending book or chapbook publication.
  • The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript.
  • All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged in.
  • Manuscript titles and their log numbers will be posted on the web site [http:// sevenkitchens. blogspot. com] (remove spaces from URL) as they are received.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submissions must be posted between May 1 and July 15, 2009.
  • The winning manuscripts will be announced on or before October 15, 2009.
  • Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for publication.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail.
  • If you are sending by mail, do not staple or bind your manuscript; please use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope.
  • If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx or .rtf files are ideal); you must include the words “Keystone Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail.
  • Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit (multiple submissions are welcome). Checks should be made payable to Ron Mohring, NOT to Seven Kitchens.  Online payment may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com.
  • Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook, to be published by spring of 2010. Please let us know if you change your e-mail or mailing address!
  • Each co-winner will receive $100 and 25 copies of her or his chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews of each chapbook.
  • Send your manuscript:
    ~by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to: sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com; or
    ~by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Initiated in 2007, this chapbook series honors the wide diversity of poetry found within–and inspired by–the state of Pennsylvania. Titles in this series include Underground Singing by Harry Humes (2007 winner), Still by Deborah Burnham (2007 runner-up); Long Corridor by Lisa Sewell (2008 winner); and Spring Melt by Katherine Bode-Lang (2008 runner-up). All titles are kept in print and are available for $7 each; please add $1 for shipping.

We also highly recommend the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, edited by Marjorie Maddox and Jerry Wemple and published by Penn State University Press.

ABOUT THE JUDGE: Poet Karen J. Weyant was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania. She now lives in Western New York where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Jamestown Community College. Her most recent work can be seen in 5 AM, The Barn Owl Review, The Coal Hill Review, The Comstock Review and Slipstream. Her first chapbook, Stealing Dust, has just been published by Finishing Line Press (http://www.finishinglinepress.com/). She is a 2007 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She blogs at http://www.thescrapperpoet.wordpress.com/.

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