Saturday, May 10, 2008

In The Mail

Sid Miller sent me this - I thought I'd pass it along:

4th Annual
Burnside Review
Poetry Chapbook Competition

Judge: Paul Guest

We are sponsoring our fourth annual poetry chapbook competition. Winner will receive twenty-five copies and a two hundred dollar cash prize. Competition runs March 15th to June 30th. Winner will be announced approximately September 1st, with publication date set for winter. The same dedication and care will go into the production of the chapbook as with our journal—quality cardstock cover with photography, linen paper, excellent layout. We will make the publication process as cooperative as possible.


--18 to 24 pages of poetry. Individual poems may be previously published.
--2 cover sheets, one with the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address. The second cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript.
--A page acknowledging previously published poems
--A self addressed stamped envelope
--Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere

IF BY POST: Include a self addressed stamped envelope and a check or money order for $15- made out to Burnside Review. Entry must be postmarked by December 31st to: Burnside Review Poetry Chapbook Contest, P.O. Box 1782, Portland OR 97207
IF BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: E-mail all of above a single Word file to Send $16- by Paypal to Fee and entry must be submitted within 24 hours of each other. Receipt of entry will be send after both arrive. (This method will save money and trees.)

The initial readers of the manuscripts will be Burnside Review staff members. They will choose between five and ten manuscripts as finalists to be passed on to the judge for selection of the winning collection.

We ask that former students or colleagues of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest’s judge—as well as any writer whose relationship with the judge constitutes an unfair conflict of interest—refrain from entering the contest. The Burnside Review staff reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed conflicts of interest and will return those entry fees.

At no time will the judge have the names of the finalists.

Winner will receive 25 copies of the chapbook printed by Burnside Review Press and a cash prize of $200-.

All questions happily answered by e-mail :

Paul Guest is the author of The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, winner of the 2002 New Issues Prize, and Notes for My Body Double, winner of the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award. He teaches at the University of West Georgia.

complete guidelines available at


Brian Campbell said...

Thanks for that. If I pull things together on time, we might be in competition!

Nick said...
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Nick said...

I'm not sure that I'm sending in my MS, but best of luck with getting yours together and subbing it!