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2023 chapbook contest judge

  • Lefty Blondie Press will print 250 carefully edited, handbound, hand-cut, and hand-numbered chapbooks from the 2023 winning manuscript selected by Jan Beatty and created in partnership with the author, editors and designers at LBP

  • The author will receive: 

    • 10 (ten) author copies

    • 40% off any additional author copies

  • LBP will promote the chapbook widely on our website, social media, and other small press venues, such as Poets & Writers 

  • LBP will sponsor a public reading with Jan Beatty in Pittsburgh, PA currently scheduled for September 7, 2023 at White Whale Bookstore. 


 accepting through April 30, 2023

Submit chapbook manuscripts from November 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023

Jan Beatty will select the 2023 winning chapbook manuscript

Winner of the contest and any finalists will be announced by June 15, 2023

  • 18-24 pages of poetry (not including title page, table of contents, endnotes).

  • Can be any form or topic, though we find a unifying theme works best 

  • One poem per page 

  • Your name should not appear anywhere in or on the manuscript.

  • Individual poems may be previously published, with acknowledgement

  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify us at immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.


We welcome chapbook submissions from poets who 

  • Are age 40 years and older

  • Identify as a woman

  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, writing in English, currently living in the U.S.

  • Have not published a chapbook, collection, or full-length book in any genre



  • In the subject line, include:

    • your last name

    • chapbook title

    • and the current year

  • In the body of email, include:

    • short bio (60 words or less)

    • manuscript title

    • page length (not including title page, table of contents, endnotes)

    • author's name 

    • address

    • email 

    • and acknowledgements of previous published poems, if any

  • Attach your manuscript as an

    • MS Word doc

    • MS Word docx

  • Your name should not appear anywhere in or on the manuscript.

  • Electronic submissions only



  • The $20 reading fee supports Lefty Blondie Press's mission as we publish and promote the winning chapbook, cover the judge's fees, and continue to support the poet’s work with prize money


  • After you have sent us your manuscript, please click below to be taken to PayPal for the reading fee payment

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