Chapbook Contest

The 2021 Chapbook Contest

The South Dakota State Poetry Society seeks chapbook-length poetry manuscripts for our 2021 Chapbook Contest. All South Dakota residents are welcome to submit. The winner of the chapbook contest receives publication and author copies, and the chapbook is typically debuted at the annual South Dakota Festival of Books.

Past winners include:
  • Dana R. Yost, "In Your Head" (2020, judged by Stephanie Marcellus)
  • John S. Nelson, “West River”  (2019, judged by Nathaniel Hansen)
  • Daniel G. Snethen, “Bird”  (2018, judged by  Valerie Wetlaufer)
  • Whitnee Thorp, “Cicurate” (2017, judged by Fred Yannantuono)
  • Barbara Duffey, “The Verge of Thirst” (2016, judged by Gary Dop)


2021 Information, Rules, & Guidelines
Submission Dates: Feb. 15 –  May 1, 2021
Fee: $10 for SDSPS Members; $15 for non-members
2021 Judge: Avery M. Guess
  1. Contest open to South Dakota residents only.
  2. Submit up to 30 pages of poetry. No more than one poem to a page, but a poem may be longer than one page.
  3. Individual poems may have been published elsewhere, but the chapbook as a whole must not have been published anywhere else. Poems may be on any subject and in any form other than prose.
  4. Chapbooks must be submitted electronically through Submittable.
  5. Poets may enter more than one manuscript, but each entry will be charged a separate reading fee.
  6. Manuscripts will be judged blindly. Each manuscript should include:
    • Table of Contents with no personal information.
    • Title Page with just the chapbook title and no personal identification.
    • A manuscript of poetry with no personal information (only the title and the poem) included; poems do not have to be titled.

An acknowledgments page listing poems that have been published previously, as well as the periodical, anthology or book, and date of publication.

Please also include a cover letter that includes a brief bio and the title of your chapbook entry.
Only one winning manuscript will be accepted for publication. Should the contest be canceled, all entrants will be refunded their reading fee. Rights return to the poet after publication.
Thanks, and happy submitting!
-Lindy Obach, Chapbook Director
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