Update: Our judges have selected winners for the 2021 Chapbook Contests for Poetry and Fiction.

2021 Chapbook Contests



Fiction

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2021 Chapbook Contests. The author of the winning fiction chapbook will receive $1,250 and 25 copies of their chapbook. Author input on cover art will be considered. 

The editors will select ten finalists and pass those submissions on to the guest judge. The ten finalists will receive acknowledgment.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit one chapbook with 20-40 pages (title page, dedication, etc. does not count towards length) of :

  • a complete novella or novelette 
    (no incomplete works or excerpts from larger works)
  • a collection of short stories, 
  • a collection of flash fiction
  • a collection of both short stories and flash fiction 
  • a collection with a complete novella or novelette and  accompanying short stories/flash fiction
     
  • An entry fee of $18 must accompany each entry.

Formatting and Other Guidelines: Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines may be disqualified at the editors’ discretion.

  •  Entries must be submitted online using Submittable  (paper submissions will not be accepted.)
  •  The author’s name must not appear anywhere in the submission or in the file name.
  •  We welcome multiple entries. However, each entry must be submitted separately and accompanied by an additional entry fee. 
  • While we do allow simultaneous submissions, please inform us immediately if the submission is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing in Submittable.
  •  No refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified.
  •  All entries must be submitted by the deadline.

Submission Suggestions: If submitting a collection of stories or flash, or stories or flash accompanying a novella, we recommend selecting titles with a discernible cohesion throughout the group. 

This may be aesthetic, thematic, tonal, or topical. It does not have to be immediately or superficially obvious. We discourage the unimagatively literal.  We’re looking to publish a distinct set of prose as a unified group– or a single chapbook rather than a short selected works.


Eligibility: Current or previous Yemassee staff, close personal friends or family of the Yemassee staff, and writers who have been published in Yemassee within the past two years are ineligible for entry.

Guest Judge: Mira T. Lee

Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful, was selected as a Top 10 Debut by the American Booksellers Association, and named a Best Fiction title of 2018 by Amazon, O Magazine, Real Simple, and the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications such as the New York TimesTin HouseReal Simple, the Southern ReviewMissouri Review, and Harvard Review, among others, and have twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She has also been the recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Mira works as a graphic designer, and in her previous lives, has also been known as a pop-country drummer, a salsa dancing fanatic, and a biology graduate student. Mira is an alum of Stanford University and currently lives in Cambridge, MA.




Poetry

Overview: Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2021 Chapbook Contests. The author of the winning poetry chapbook will receive $1250 and 25 copies of their chapbook. Author input on cover art will be considered.

 The editors will select ten finalists and pass those submissions on to the guest judge. The ten finalists will receive acknowledgment.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Entry Instructions: To enter, submit one chapbook with 20-26 pages of poetry (title page, dedication, etc. does not count). An entry fee of $18 must accompany each entry.

Formatting and Other Guidelines: Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines may be disqualified at the editors’ discretion.

  •  Entries must be submitted online using Submittable (paper submissions will not be accepted)
  •  The author’s name must not appear anywhere in the submission or in the file name.
  •  We welcome multiple entries. However, each entry must be submitted separately and accompanied by an additional entry fee. 
  • While we do allow simultaneous submissions, please inform us immediately if the submission is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing through Submittable. 
  • Note that no refunds will be issued for submissions that are withdrawn or disqualified. 
  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline.


Eligibility: Current or previous Yemassee staff, close personal friends or family of the Yemassee staff, and writers who have been published in Yemassee within the past two years are ineligible for entry.


Guest Judge: Dustin Pearson

Dustin Pearson is the author of A Season in Hell with Rimbaud (BOA Editions, 2022), Millennial Roost (C&R Press, 2018), and A Family Is a House (C&R Press, 2019). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and The Anderson Center at Tower View, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and John Mackay Graduate Award and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. The recipient of a 2021 Pushcart Prize, his work also appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, TriQuarterly, [PANK], The Literary Review, Poetry Daily, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere.

*Judge bios & photos appear courtesy of their linked webpages.