chapbook series contest guidelines:

tenderness, yea is open for chapbook submissions from RIGHT NOW until thanksgiving.

in an effort to create a more inclusive literary scene, we’re only accepting chapbooks from writers who have not yet published a full length book.*


we want your most radical work. we’re especially interested in showcasing the work of QTPOC. we want work that interrogates, challenges, and opposes hegemony and oppression in every form. we want work that names, explores, and critiques the systems and structures which govern our lives. we want your most accessible, your most loving, your most passionate, challenging work. and, as always, we’re looking for tenderness.


Submission period closes at 11:59 PM CST, November 23rd 2017.

Email submissions to Put the word "chapbook" somewhere in the subject line so we know what is going on.

Length: 10-35 pages. A little over or under is probably fine, use your discretion. (but remember that if we wanted full-length books, we’d ask for them)

No submissions accepted from writers who already have full-length books out* except by solicitation.

Submit only one chapbook in a single word doc or pdf. With no more than one piece per page.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted (and encouraged, get your work out there!!!)

Winners will be notified and announced by the end of 2017.


*this includes if you’re under contract for a forthcoming book.

online publication submissions temporarily closed in the interest of preparing to read lots of chapbooks.