The Adrift Chapbook Contest

2020

Timeline

  • Submissions will be open from March 1st 2020 until July 15th 2020.

  • Finalists and winner will be announced by Driftwood editors in October 2020.

  • The winning chapbook will be published in early 2021.

Guidelines

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  • Poetry only. Prose poetry, experimental poetry, and poetry with a visual component (color images accepted) are all welcome.

  • 15-40 pages of poetry (this does not include title, section break, or acknowledgement pages). We won't turn you away if you are a few pages over or under, but please stay within that limit.

  • A standard, 12-point font is preferred. 

  • Poems may have been published individually, but never as a collection.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know immediately if the collection has been accepted elsewhere.

  • Submit works written in English only, no translations.

  • Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

  • We read submissions blindly, so please do not include your name, email, or any identifying characteristics on the manuscript itself.

  • Base submission cost is $12. Additionally, we are offering a $20 dollar submission option that will include a print copy of the winning chapbook (US shipping only). We will ship once the winning submission is published.

 

Awards

  • The winner will receive $300 dollars and 20 copies of their chapbook.

  • A print run of the winning chapbook will be sold on our website, through affiliate bookstores, and will be nationally and internationally distributed by IngramSpark. 

  • The winner will also have the opportunity to be interviewed about their work; the interview will be published in the chapbook following the poems.

  • The managing poetry editor may offer a runner-up full publication in book form or partial publication within our bi-annual magazine. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Past Contest Winners

[2019 Contest]

[2018 Contest]

Guest Judge

  • ​Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize; and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir about living with disability. She also edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Her fourth collection, Made to Explode, will be published with W.W. Norton in early 2021. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program. 

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