Chapbook Contest

2021 Call for Entries

The annual Diode Editions Book & Chapbook Contests are now open through August 15th, 2021. The contests are open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English. Additionally, we welcome translations,* collaborations, hybrid works, and prose poetry.

Submission Guidelines

Please include:

  • A title page with the title of your manuscript, your name, pronouns, address, telephone number and email. 

  • Your name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.

  • An acknowledgments page: poems included in your manuscript may be previously published as long as there is an acknowledgements page.

Additional Notes
  • Length: 25-50 pages (front matter is not included in page count).

  • Entries will be accepted between February 15th and August 15, 2021.

  • A winner will be announced by August 30, 2021. We may publish more than one chapbook.

  • The winning chapbook(s) will be published by March 1, and will be launched at the 2022 AWP Conference in Philadelphia.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • *For manuscript submissions in languages other than English, please include an English translation for consideration.

  • There is an $18.00 reading fee. For those with financial constraints, please reach out to us at

  • To pay the reading fee using PayPal or credit, please click here:

  • You may submit more than one manuscript however an $18.00 reading fee must accompany each submission.
  • Please send receipt of payment and manuscript submissions to: and include "Chapbook Contest," and the name of your manuscript in the subject.


Contest Prize

Winners will receive $500.00, 25 author copies, and select poems from the book will appear in Diode Poetry Journal. If the winner(s) can attend AWP, they will have an opportunity to participate in an off-site reading, and in signing sessions at the Diode Editions booth.


Past Book & Chapbook Prize Winners


Full-length Book Prize

Where the Wolf, Sally Rosen Kindred

The Enemy of My Enemy Is Me, Conor Bracken

GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues,

Shanta Lee Gander

Chapbook Prize

Faraway Places, Teow Lim Goh
Low Budget Movie, Kendra DeColo & Tyler Mills
Special Delivery, Natasha Sajé
Body Facts, Joey S. Kim
Slash / Slash, Amorak Huey & W. Todd Kaneko


Full-length Book Prize

Wider than the Sky, Nancy Chen Long

The Minister of Disturbances, Zeeshan Khan Pathan

Chapbook Prize

 The Last Human Heart, Allison Joseph

Good Timing & Gertrude Stein: Inside Snoopy's snout maggots feast upon my blood, Julia Cohen


Full-length Book Prize

 Revenge of the Asian Woman, Dorothy Chan

 American Samizdat, Jehanne Dubrow

 We Call Them Beautiful, KC Trommer

Chapbook Prize

 Returning to Jaffa, Philip Metres

 Smoke Girl, Simone Person


Full-length Book Prize

Go Because I Love You, Jared Harél 

the empty season, Catherine Bresner

Chapbook Prize

 Our Lady of the Flood, Alison Pelegrin

Red//Jild//Prayer, Hazem Fahmy 

 Adoption, Adam Falkner


Full-length Book Prize

 Starlight & Error, Remica Bingham-Risher

quitter, Paula Cisewski

Chapbook Prize

 Rare Birds, Shelley Wong

 Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues, Tina Schumann

 For Filthy Women Who Worry About Disappointing God, Seema Yasmin


Chapbook Prize

 Straight, sam sax

 The Goddess Monologues, Vandana Khanna


Chapbook Prize

Bright Power, Dark Peace, Traci Brimhall & Brynn Saito