Chapbook Contest General Guidelines


The Seattle Review chapbook contest is on a permanent hiatus.

Reading Period:

April 1- July 15

The Basics:

We accept and read submissions for a 3-month period in the summer, deliberate, then send our top 10 (or so) on to the contest judge, who picks one winner and two finalists. We do accept simultaneous chapbook submissions, and you are welcome to submit more than one. If the manuscript contains previously published poems, that is fine, as long as over 50% of the manuscript is previously unpublished. Only online submissions will be considered.

Our chapbooks are printed by Paper Hammer and are available for purchase on our website, at select bookstores, and at Paper Hammer (1400 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101).

Submission Formatting:

20-30 pages. Please omit all contact information from the submission itself, as the judge will read blind. You may list publication acknowledgements at the beginning or end of the manuscript, but this is not mandatory.


1st Place receives $1000 and 20 copies of the chapbook.

The Top 2 Finalists receive $100 each and publication in the Seattle Review.

All submissions, not just the finalists, are eligible for publication in the Seattle Review. In the event that we want to publish a previously unpublished segment of your manuscript, we will contact you.


Former students or colleagues of the contest judge or of the Seattle Review Editor-in-Chief are not eligible to enter. We reserve the right to disqualify ineligible entries and will return entry fees as appropriate.

To Withdraw:

You may withdraw using Submittable. Simply click "withdraw" next to the submission. You will not be refunded the submission fee.


2 options: $20 or $25. The $20 option includes a 1-year subscription to the Seattle Review. The $25 option includes the 1-year subscription and a copy of the winning chapbook.



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