Announcing the Summer/Autumn 2017 Chapbook contest.



3 poets/24 poems/1 chapbook

1st Prize: $150; 2nd Prize :$100.00 3rd Prize $50.00

+inclusion in chapbook publication with 10 free copies to each of our 3 winners

3 winning poets will have their work included in the chapbook


The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the three winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 10 other entrants will be listed as “highly commended”.

Entries must consist of 8 poems, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no translations or ‘versions’. The poems can be in verse or prose. Entries must be work not previously published by The Blue Nib. 

Each of the three chapbook winners is guaranteed a review on the site. The ten runners up will be listed on the site along with the details of three winning entries on 18th Dec 2017.

The work of runners-up will appear in a special bumper issue on 18th of December (The final issue of 2017)

The chapbooks will be published in Spring 2018 or earlier and will be offered for sale internationally through our own websites and on Amazon.

There is no entry fee but entrants must be current subscribers to the magazine. (Cost $15.00) Entrants may only enter once. Closing date for entries is October 31, 2017. Entry to the contest grants Blue Nib Publishing first publishing rights.

Chapbook competition rules

Please read the rules carefully before entering the competition.

Your Entry:

Poems must be in English

Submitted collections must contain 8 poems of any length or style, providing all poems are original work, each page contains no more than 32 lines of poetry and there are no more than 15 pages of poetry in total. Your entry must include an author’s bio and a photograph.

Poems must be single-spaced and submitted by email to [email protected] 

If you are unpublished then please use the word ‘Debutante’ on the subject line of your entry

Poems submitted must not have been published previously as part of a chapbook/pamphlet or full collection, but poems that have been published in magazines or blogs, Excluding The Blue Nib, are eligible.

Please do not include any information about where any individual poems have been previously published.

We accept poems from poets of any nationality, from any country. There is no lower age limit but we would point out that very young poets are likely to stand little chance of winning.

No alterations may be made to a collection once it has been submitted.

To enter you must be a subscriber to the magazine, this cost $15.00 for 3 months subscription. There is no additional entry fee. You can add your subscription here 

The winning authors, will be those chosen by judge Michael Blackburn including the highest marked debutante, will each receive 10 complimentary copies of the chapbook. The first prize winner will receive $150.00. The second prize winner will receive $100 and the 3rd placed winner will receive $50.00. 

How to enter

Send your manuscript by email to [email protected]

Closing date for entries: 31st October 2017.