Call for Manuscripts
April 1, 2017 through May 1, 2017

$1,000 for a book of poems
Final Judge: To be announced
The winning volume will be published in or before April 2018 by Ahsahta Press.

The Ahsahta Chapbook Prize opens April 1, 2017.

Ahsahta Press, a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, conforms to the CLMP Code of Ethics (below) and participated in its drafting.

•     The Ahsahta Chapbook Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. The winning poet receives a $1,000 honorarium upon publication plus 50 copies of the published book. In addition to announcements in national publications, the winning book and author will be featured on the Ahsahta website.

•     The final judge for the competition is to be announced.

•     Entries must be filed between 12:01 a.m. April 1 and midnight May 1, 2017. All entries should be made on our Submission Manager system.

•     Manuscripts should be approximately 25 to 40 pages of poetry, submitted in PDF, RTF, or MSWord formats only.

    • The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript. The title page should contain the title only. Author information is collected separately in Submission Manager.
    • Do not include author name, acknowledgments, author bio, or any other identifying information in the manuscript file. Manuscripts will be read anonymously.
    • Work must not have been previously published as part of a book or as a self-published chapbook.
    • Manuscript revisions are not permitted during the contest. You may add acknowledgments and make revisions after the contest is judged.

•     The entry fee of $15.00 is payable during entry with Mastercard, Visa, or Discover cards.

•     Winner is expected to be announced by August 2017. All entries are eligible for publication by Ahsahta Press.

•     Eligibility: Poets writing in English are eligible. Previous book publication is not a consideration. Students and former students of Boise State University and of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge are also not considered eligible. Simultaneous submissions are permissable, but entrants are asked to notify Ahsahta Press immediately if a manuscript becomes committed elsewhere.

CLMPlogo•     The CLMP Code of EthicsCLMPs community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Enter the 2017 Ahsahta Chapbook Prize competition!

2014 Ahsahta Chapbook Prize winner