The Winter / Spring Chapbook contest 2017/18. With guest judge Kevin Higgins.



With the Summer/Autumn Chapbook contest judged by Poet & Lecturer Michael Blackburn now published, we are delighted to announce our second Chapbook contest, with guest judge Kevin Higgins (Find out more about Kevin here)

The work of the top three entries as chosen by our judge will be included in a Chapbook which will be published in late May 2018 and will share the prize fund of €300.00 with the winner receiving €150.00 and the second and third receiving €100.00 & €50.00 respectively.


Up to 10 other entrants will be listed as Highly Commended and will each receive a copy of the published Chapbook. Their work will also appear in a special Summer edition of the magazine in May 2018.

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).

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. Submission to the contest assumes The Blue Nib is granted first publication rights to work.

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 in our Bumper Summer issue in May 2018.

The work of runners-up will appear in the special bumper Summer issue which will be on line in May 2018.

The chapbooks will be published in Early Summer 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) Details on how to subscribe can be found here


100% of monies raised through subscription


goes towards publishing


and publicising the work of our contributors.


Entrants may only enter once. Closing date for entries is March 31, 2018.

Please read the 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 

100% of monies raised through subscription go towards publishing and publicising the work of our contributors.

The winning authors will be those chosen by judge Kevin Higgins , including the highest marked debutante,  and each will each receive a complimentary copy 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. 

Up to 10 other entrants will be listed as Highly Commended and will each receive a copy of the published Chapbook.

How to enter

Send your manuscript by email to [email protected]

Closing date for entries: 31st March 2018.