Deadline: February 15, 2010. Each year Gertrude Press publishes two chapbooks; one fiction and one poetry. These attractive collections will include a unique cover in a limited press run.

Writer Compensation:
$50 cash award
50 complimentary copies of the chapbook

Chapbooks will be distributed to subscribers, libraries, and bookstores carrying Gertrude, the Press’ annual literary journal.

Poetry Chapbook Guidelines:

  • Submit 16-20 pages of poetry via surface mail only.
  • Indicate which poems have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished poems are welcome.
  • Poetry may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.
  • Include a cover letter and SASE for notification. For manuscript returns, please include exact postage.
  • Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.
  • Include a $15 submission fee payable to Gertrude Press.
  • Submission fee includes copy of the winning chapbook.
  • Submissions accepted beginning August 1, 2009 until February 15, 2010 (postmark deadline).

Fiction Chapbook Guidelines:

  • Submit 16-20 pages of short fiction or a self-contained novel excerpt via surface mail only.
  • Indicate which selections have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished pieces are welcome.
  • Fiction may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.
  • Include a cover letter and SASE for notification. For manuscript returns, please include exact postage.
  • Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.
  • Include a $15 submission fee payable to Gertrude Press.
  • Submission fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook.
  • Submissions accepted beginning August 1, 2009 until February 15, 2010 (postmark deadline).

Please send all submissions to:
Gertrude Press
PO Box 83948
Portland OR 97283

Winners will be announced by July 1, 2010.



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