Etchings Press Chapbook Contests in Poetry and Prose
Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis,
invites submissions for its fourth annual chapbook contest. This year, UIndy
students will consider chapbook submissions of 15-40 pages in poetry or prose.
Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible, as are mixed-genre
works. The winners in poetry and in prose will receive a $200
honorarium and 15 copies of the published chapbook.
2017: Uncle Harold’s Maxwell House
Haggadah by Danny Caine (poetry) and The
Denialist’s Almanac of American Plague and Pestilence by Christopher Mohar
2016: Some Animals by Kelli Allen (poetry), #lovesong by
Chelsea Biondolillo (mixed media),
and pathetic by Shannon Mound (nonfiction)
2015: Ologies by Chelsea Biondolillo (nonfiction)
and The Velocity of Slugs by Joey Connelly (poetry)
2014: Static: Stories by Frederick Pelzer (fiction)
and Action at a Distance by Christopher
UIndy graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted
manuscripts and choose a winner in poetry and in prose. The students will then
edit, design, publish and promote the chapbooks.
Students are interested in editing and publishing books from authors in our
region. The students are using the 370 miles between Flannery O’Connor’s
Milledgeville, Georgia, and William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi, as the
relative mileage for a regional literature. Using UIndy’s campus on the
southside of Indianapolis as a starting point, that distance makes a circle
which includes all of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia,
most of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri, and parts of Minnesota,
Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas,
South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and even Ontario. To see if you're
eligible for submission, please see the circle on the map.
- Please submit chapbook manuscripts in poetry,
fiction, or nonfiction using the Submittable content submissions
manager for Etchings. You will be prompted to create a free user account
that will allow you to submit your manuscript and monitor its status.
Please submit your manuscript as a single file
and include a title page (without name) and a table of contents. We ask that
your name be removed from the manuscript for blind reading.
Manuscripts should be 15 to 40 pages in length
(up to 10,000 words in fiction and nonfiction).
Collaborative works (two or more authors) are
eligible. Mixed-genre works are also eligible.
For fiction and nonfiction, a single piece or
multiple pieces can be submitted (multiple flash pieces, thematically connected
The manuscripts or authors must have a connection
to the geographic area shown on the map.
Undergraduate and graduate students at the
University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose a winner in poetry
and in prose to publish. Students will then edit, design, publish and
promote each winning book.
Winners will be notified in March, 2018.
Chapbooks will be released and available for sale in May, 2018.
- The reading fee is $8 (payable via
The deadline is January 29, 2018.
- Alumni and current students of University of Indianapolis
and former students of its faculty are not eligible.
If you have any questions, please contact Liz Whiteacre at email@example.com
or visit our website at http://blogs.uindy.edu/etchings/.