NO FEE Chapbook Publishers and other Chapbook Listings

The individual listings below are the chapbook publishers I found which do not charge submission fees, reading fees, or contest fees. The majority of chapbooks are published via contests and do typically require a fee from $10 – $25. Research each market thoroughly and make sure submitting is worth the fee. Many will provide prize money along with several copies of the chapbook for you to sell and otherwise promote your work.

chapbook reviewThe Chapbook Review is a great resource for all things related to chapbooks–including listings for:

They also provide online forms to add listings to their database, including your own published chapbooks.

The following two links are listings of chapbook publishers in general. As mentioned above, most will require a fee.


For information on putting together your chapbook file to print some yourself or to have them printed, click here.

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NO FEE Chapbook Publishers – Individual Listings

Anvil Press

Restrictions: Canadian residents only, Postal submissions only

Submission Fees: None

Reading Periods: Always Open

Notes: “Anvil Press is a literary publisher interested in contemporary, progressive literature in all genres. We must stress that we are a small publisher, publishing 8 to 10 titles per year. In general, we are planning at least 12 months in advance and, at present, are only considering work by Canadian authors. We are not interested in seeing formulaic genre novels: Sci-Fi, Horror, Romance etc.”


Underground Voices

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods: Always Open

Notes: “Can be a novel, a collection of shorts, a collection of poetry, or a novella. Poetry manuscripts must be a minimum of 65 pages and novella manuscripts must be a minimum of roughly 35,000 words. . . . We will be happy to publish e-books for works shorter than 35,000 words (chapbooks, 5-10 short story collections, etc).”


Solid Objects

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods: Always Open

Notes: “SOLID OBJECTS is a publisher of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. It was founded in 2010 and is based in New York City.” Email submission to


Palettes & Quills

Restrictions: Poetry Only

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods: Always Open

Notes: “Founded in 2002, Palettes & Quills is devoted to the celebration and expansion of the literary and visual arts, offering both commissioned and consulting services. It works to support beginning and emerging writers and artists to expand their knowledge, improve their skills, and connect to other resources in the community.  Further, Palettes & Quills seeks to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of these arts through education, advocacy, hands-on program assistance, and functioning as a small literary press.”

Duotrope: not listed

FREE ENTRY – Pith of Prose & Poem Contest ($300 in cash prizes) – concīs, DEADLINE: Sept. 15, 2016

I recently came across concīs, a fairly new lit mag that not only pays contributors, but also supports Room to Read, an organization dedicated to educating children in need in Asia and Africa. You can opt to donate your payment and concīs will double it. They also provide a Donation Tracker so you can see how much they have donated so far.

And now they are running a contest with no entry fees! Same donation opportunities apply to you can donate with your entry if you’d like to contribute. Not only are there cash prizes, but you’ll also receive postcards featuring your winning work and publication in a special digital issue.


  1. First Prize: $150 cash, 75 paper postcards featuring your winning work, publication in concīs and in a special digital issue.
  2. Second Prize: $100 cash, 50 paper postcards featuring your winning work, publication in concīs and in a special digital issue.
  3. Third Prize: $50 cash, 25 paper postcards featuring your winning work, publication in concīs and in a special digital issue.
  4. Honorable Mentions: publication in a special digital issue.


concīs magazine—the first project from concīs publishing—is an online and e-pub journal devoted to brevity: the succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious. It’s simple in approach and simple in design…but not simple-minded. Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good.”

To learn more about what they are looking for, you can read this interview with the editor: Six Questions for Chris Lott. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to read their contest guidelines.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016


FORMS: one entry containing up to two unpublished poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash fictions, micro-essays or what-have-you

NOTES: No simultaneous submissions for this contest


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NO FEE Submission call and interview – Wicked Banshee Press, DEADLINES: Sept. 30 & Dec. 31, 2016

wbpWicked Banshee Press is a an online lit mag and seeking submissions for three upcoming issues. They are “dedicated to shining a light on voices that normally don’t get a lot of opportunities in the literary world. Things are changing, we are hoping to be a catalyst for the positive changes. We publish poetry, prose, essays, short fiction, art, photography, etc. by those living their lives as women, women of color, trans women, non-binary, and non-gender conforming individuals.”

I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked editor Jennifer E. Hudgens a few questions to find out. See my interview with Hudgens and submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Wicked Banshee Press.
HUDGENS: Wicked Banshee Press is in a rebuild of sorts right now. I’ve taken over as Editor in Chief and I’m building up our new website and trying to get our previous issues archived on it as well.
We’ve always accepted submissions for women and those who identify as non-binary/non-gender conforming. We’ve changed this up a bit for one of our submissions calls Silence is NOT an Option.
Primarily, we want amazing. We want your raw, beautiful, and guttural work. We want to publish stuff by those who make up a very small percentage of the modern lit/publication world. Women, especially women of color, trans women, etc. are published at such a lower number than men. I think it’s important that there are more spaces to lift these writers/artists up and show their talent to the world.

HOPKINSON: What originally gave you the idea to start an online lit mag?
HUDGENS: It was SaraEve’s idea initially, and I gladly hopped on board because I believed in what she wanted to accomplish with it. She asked me what I thought we should name it, and Wicked Banshee Press kind of just bubbled out.

We got tired of hearing that so many women felt left out of the publishing world. As a poet, you hear a lot of journals that post the “cool kids” those poets that are highly regarded in the slam community to gain readership. I’m not saying that these writers aren’t valid or talented. I just think a lot of mags tend to avoid publishing unknown writers because it’s not the popular thing to do. Everybody deserves the opportunity to submit and have their work viewed equally, regardless of their standing in the slam or lit community, their ages, or backgrounds. We wanted to find a way to shine a light on pure talent of these artists.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
HUDGENS: Words Dance Press, Hyacinth Girl Press, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Zoetic Press, Yellow Chair Review, just to name a few. I love lots of journals. The list is pretty gigantic. These are just a few I can recall at the moment. I highly recommend you and everyone else follow these journals. They are putting out some amazing work.

HOPKINSON: I see that right now you are running a special issue entitled “Silence is NOT an Option.” Can you tell me more about it?
HUDGENS: In the aftermath, (I hate having to say this) of the shooting in Orlando, killing 49 LGBTQA POC, my staff and I thought it was important to open up submissions for anyone who identified as LGBTQA+ (I honestly get lost on all of the additions to it). As someone who has only in the last few years come out as queer, this hit home. This is something that could’ve happened at any number of the clubs myself and friends used to frequent in OKC. In 2016, there are still no truly safe spaces, and that is hugely tragic.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HUDGENS: WBP is looking for those pieces that hurt. The poems and prose pieces are raw and honest. The stuff that is difficult to write, and sometimes difficult to read. I think readers need to feel uncomfortable, because life is uncomfortable sometimes. We also want the stuff that evokes joy and celebration, the celebration of being alive, human, and of surviving in this crazy world. So many of us are battling something. Ultimately, WBP, I hope, is a sounding board and a place where people can understand that they’re not alone.

HOPKINSON: Where can poets/writers/artists send submissions?
HUDGENS: We are accepting submissions for multiple calls right now. Poetry, prose, flash fiction, art, photography, and collections for reviews, etc., we’re hoping to get into audio and video submissions down the road. People can “like” our Facebook page and check out our website as well. Each submission call has a section describing our guidelines. We are looking forward to new submissions! (Please note that we prefer submissions to be sent via our Submittable page which is linked under submissions on our website and is provided on our Facebook page as well.)

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
HUDGENS: The best place to send a question is via email, if they want to ask us about anything relating to the mag, they will need to mark the subject line: questions/inquiries and send it to We usually get back with folks within a day or so. 

Click here to read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016 



FORMS: poetry, prose, essays, short fiction, art, photography

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PAYING/NO FEE Submission call and interview – Come As You Are (90s themed) anthology, DEADLINE: August 31, 2016


Original cover art by Ruth Foley

Come As You Are is a forthcoming 90s themed anthology edited by E. Kristen Anderson with the help of Samantha Duncan and ELJ Publications. They are seeking submissions of poetry, micro and flash fiction, flash essay (lyric essay especially), and hybrid works of no more than 750 words.

I wondered how and why this anthology came to be, so I asked editor E. Kristen Anderson and ELJ Executive Editor Samantha Duncan and they kindly replied. See my interview with Anderson and Duncan along with submission guidelines below.


HOPKINSON: What first gave you the idea for a 90s themed anthology?

DUNCAN: This is probably an Emily question, as I’m foggy on exactly how this idea came about. All I know is I remember hearing about it and immediately wanting to be a part of curating it, because I love pop culture lit and the 90s.🙂

ANDERSON: I think I was talking with Ariana D. Den Bleyker (boss lady of ELJ) about how much fun I have doing anthologies and how much I love pop culture poetry (I mean, hello, Prince, Nintendo, Seventeen Magazine, I’m all up in this shit) and down the rabbit hole we went. It was probably like 3am. That is when the magic happens.

HOPKINSON: What kind of work are you looking for?

DUNCAN: On the prose side, we’re leaning towards shorter pieces. We’ve already received a few brilliant flash lyrical essays, and I see that style of CNF helping to shape the book. For poetry, we’re looking for work that really captures the era and culture, rather than just describing or summarizing an iconic movie, show, or fad. Draw either a broader social commentary or personal story into the piece.

ANDERSON: I really want work that shows a personal connection to pop culture icons. If I don’t know the reference, I want you to make me want to know it, to learn it. I want to see something in your work that gives me a sense of what you’re talking about, what you love or loathe about the topic. And as far as the big ones go, well, if you’re going to go down the Kurt Cobain road, you’d better bring your A game. We’ve got an inbox full of Kurt and Courtney.

For prose, the lyric quality is what’s most important to me. I want to see conservation of language and a fluidity almost akin to poetry. My favorite essayists who write in this style are LaToya Jordan, Sheilla Squillante, and Randon Noble.

On the other hand, if you can make me laugh like Allie Brosch from Hyperbole and a Half, go for it.

I’m also super interested in work that subverts or critiques stereotypes. What movie that you loved when you were fifteen makes you cringe now? And why? What singer was more badass than you ever thought? And what the fuck was up with the media always pitting Britney and Christina against each other?

HOPKINSON: Are there certain topics you’d really like to include?

DUNCAN: Personally, I’d love to see more of the late 90s covered. The decade is largely identified by what happened in its first half – grunge and plaid shirts – but there’s a plethora of later movements – nu-metal, the boy band/female pop star boom, the Latin music explosion – that were influential. There’s a lot of discussion to be had about the transformation and evolution of hip hop in the 90s. I’d also love to see topics outside of music, movies, and TV covered, like fashion, sports, toys and games, and the rise of the internet. Overall, diversity in topics and authors is essential. We want to make sure this anthology is inclusive of all pop culture of the decade, experienced by all types of people.

ANDERSON: I’m dying for diversity. In the initial calls we put out I mentioned Bollywood star Shah Rukh Kahn, Sailor Moon, Salt-N-Peppa—all these fandoms that were hugely part of the 90s for lots of different folks, and I’m surprised to not have much on anime, hip hop, or Latin music. Who hasn’t heard a Chris Rock joke or seen an episode of something with subtitles? And, seriously, while we’re a US publisher, the 90s didn’t just happen in the US. Show us what lit you up in the 90s, no matter what you liked.

I also haven’t seen much video game stuff other than Pokemon (another one you’ll have to bring your A game for—I don’t think we’ve caught our Pokemon piece yet) or a Tupac/Biggie elegy which I WANT SO BAD. Also, Seinfeld? Where’s the Seinfeld? There’s a goldmine there. TV in general has not been explored anywhere near as much as music. I mean, with all the Trekkies out there, why no tribute to Captain Janeway?! She was badass.

Also, for the record, my two favorite bands in high school were Hanson and Foo Fighters. So if you can write an opus to either of these bands or their players, I’ll be all like “There goes my hero.” (See what I did there?) Again, bring the A game, because I’ll be going hard when it comes to my faves.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite literary magazines?

DUNCAN: My pop culture go-to journals are Barrelhouse and FreezeRay, and I’ve been a longtime reader of big print journals, like The Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, Fence, and New Orleans Review.

ANDERSON: Barrelhouse. I’ve been reading Barrelhouse since like Issue 2. And when I got into their blog this spring I was like “cool I can die now.” I subscribe to Poetry to keep up with what’s what in PoBiz, but I really tend to read more of the off-beat mags because my work is off-beat and I like reading the weird. I love Yellow Chair Review, who also does lots of work with pop culture. And 32 Poems is always a treat. As an Austin girl, I’ve gotta give a shout out to Bat City Review, which strikes a great balance between traditional and weird. Another mag I subscribe to is HOOT, which is on a postcard every month. (Can you tell I love paper journals? I promise I read lots of online ones, too, like Tinderbox, Thrush, Whale Road Review…lots of things. We could be here all day.)

HOPKINSON: Where can poets/writers send submissions? bmit/anthologies/come-as-you- are/

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?

You can also email editor EKA (me, here we go with the third person) at if you have a specific question about topics or forms or the like. I won’t be critiquing your work or anything like that, though. Try that and I’ll be all like Bye, Felicia.

Click here to read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016


PAYMENT: $10 per poem; $0.01 per word for prose

FORMS: poetry, micro and flash fiction, flash essay (lyric essay especially), and hybrid works of no more than 750 words

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How Poets Can Gain Recognition – guest blog post by Featured Poet founder Katie Kahn

Poets notoriously have a hard time gaining traction and establishing themselves; we’re called starving artists for a reason. Even wildly successful writers rarely have their name recognized outside of literary circles. School curriculums have also taken a nosedive when it comes to poetic appreciation; my daughter brought Katy Perry lyrics home as part of her poetry unit in 5th grade. Good thing we have technology.

I can usually put poets in one of two categories. There are deeply introverted individuals who write from an intricate mesh of feelings and experiences and then there are the highly extroverted, bubbly, ‘listen to what I just wrote’ poets. Of course, I’ve come across several who go through short bouts of enthusiasm only to withdraw back into solitude where they can write in peace. The internet is the perfect place for either type or those who swing back and both.

With so many literary journals, forums, and e-venues available, there is no reason for anyone who really wants to be published, not to be. I’ve always loved the saying, “If you shoot for the moon, even if you miss you land among the stars,” but sometimes missing the moon is depressing. I advise anyone who’s just starting out to test the waters by dipping into some smaller presses. Large literary journals receive so many submissions that even seasoned writers get turned away. Not only will you have better odds at smaller presses but they are often much more tentative and relaxed. By submitting to small journals that are more likely to publish you, your portfolio and confidence will both expand much faster than by waiting six months to receive a rejection letter.

Or maybe you’ve already built up a portfolio but still aren’t getting noticed. I’m going to ask you a really hard question, are you ready? Name three things you do to support other artists? Do you…

  • Read other people’s poetry books
  • Comment on their blogs
  • Congratulate them on their successes
  • Go to book signings
  • Show up at open mics
  • Offer feedback
  • Collaborate with other writers

Remember earlier when I said, “Even wildly successful writers rarely have their name recognized outside of literary circles?” Our audience consists primarily of our peers so if we aren’t showing up to support the people fighting the same fight, we’re doomed to failure. I interviewed spoken word artist “Krystle Wit A E” yesterday over the phone and I asked her how she feels she has grown the most as an artist. She responded, “I’ve learned to be present and really listen. I take notes, I learn from other performers. Sometimes it’s hard! I may be going up next and I get my nerves going. Learning to be present is the best way to grow as an artist.” Listen, putting a spotlight on someone else doesn’t make you shine any less.


I recently started a new e-venue called Featured Poet. I wanted to offer something a little different than other publishers. We ask for a 300-500 word bio that talks about you the poetic genius that’s putting all your heart into 20 lines then sending it out into the world. We shine the spotlight on the poet, not just their poems. The writer can talk about past achievements, upcoming books, projects they want to collaborate with someone on, what motivates them to write or their cats if they really want. Then we post their bio, poem, photos and/or videos on our website and social media platforms. We encourage submitters to include links to books, blogs, and Facebook pages.

We are just starting out, our launch was on August 1, 2016 but I have been absolutely amazed at both the quality and quantity of submissions. About a month before we did the launch I desperately wrote to all my friends asking them to please submit because I was so afraid it was going to bomb. I was hoping I could scrape together enough interest to feature a poet a week. It hasn’t even been a week yet and we have one poet a day lined up for months, interviews scheduled with some of the top spoken word artists in the U.S., and have received submissions from over 20 different countries!

I asked myself why this was so much more successful than other blogs or websites I have created and I think the answer is community. We are a community of writers who have an enormous amount of talent, we just need to network. I love, love, love when I see previously or soon-to-be Featured Poets congratulating each other on new publications, friending each other, and sharing each other’s articles. It only takes a second to acknowledge someone else’s success and you know what? They’ll remember it. They’ll be the first one to congratulate you when you celebrate your own successes.

It’s also the perfect venue for both introverts and extroverts. You can share the hell out of your featured spot or leave the heavy lifting to us (although, the more you contribute the more successful it will be).

If you would like to be featured on Featured Poet submit the following:

  • 300-500 word bio
  • At least 1 photo (we accept newer poets but ask you submit extra photos to help fill the space)
  • 1-3 poems ( how many we publish will be based on space)
  • Optional: links to blogs, books, videos, social media pages, open mics, classes, or workshops that you would like to appear on Featured Poet.

We are also conducting interviews with emcees, editors, teachers, and venue hosts. For complete submission guidelines visit

Do you have something say about poetry? An essay on being a poet, tips for poets, or poetry you love? is now accepting pitches for guest blog posts. 

Contact me here if you are interested! 

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Katie Kahn lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with her husband and children. In addition to poetry she also writes several blogs, volunteers teaching creative writing and journaling techniques to adults living with mental illness, and writes children’s books. She’s most passionate about poetry, social reform, and food. Her poems have appeared in Linden Avenue, Topology, The Longleaf Pine, Blackwater Review, Broken Publications, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Barefoot Review, Rising Phoenix Press, Poetry Breakfast, Chaotic Review, Multiracial Media, Pure Slush, BLYNKT, and various blogs. Kahn won the Blackwater Review’s Editor’s Prize in 2012 and 2014. She and her 11-year-old daughter have written a children’s book series called, World Adventures, focusing on the acceptance of other cultures. Kahn’s first poetry collection titled, “Phantom Limbs,” was released in 2014. She currently has four other collections out mingling with editors, hoping to be adopted.

If you’d like to contact Katie, she checks her email, even in her sleep

Other blogs include  and where you can find the books she wrote with her daughter, kid-friendly recipes, and cool stuff from around the world.

50 Surprisingly simple ways to promote your book + more from Author Unlimited

Trish Hopkinson

authorunAuthor Unlimited is a writing resource site that recently gathered book promotional ideas from its author community for the following article. This site is loaded with great articles for writers and the writing life, including ways to get inspired, best time of day to write, writing environment, goal-setting, and many quick tips articles.

You can see a list of all their articles here.

And they publish guest posts!

You can submit your own idea for an article here.

As with all submissions, read the guidelines carefully and read what you can of their previous issues to make sure your work is a good fit. Click here for more Submission Tips.

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My poem “Mixed tape” published in Crab Fat Magazine + they are open for submissions!

mixedtapeI’m so pleased and honored to have my new poem “Mixed tape” published in the special August 2016 issue of Crab Fat MagazineCrab Fat recently switched to a monthly journal format, including a best of anthology every year in June. Their August issue is an intriguing variety of art, poetry, and short prose. Just enough reading to go with a couple of cups of coffee in the morning.

“Crab Fat Magazine is founded on the principles of inclusive & diverse writing/publishing. This means we actively seek work from marginalized people. Please submit to us if you are a POC, a queer/trans person, a disabled person, a woman/femme/nonbinary person, a neurodivergent person, a trauma survivor, a nonreligious/atheist/pagan person, or any other person that is often underrepresented in media.  We want to make space for you. We want  to hear your voice.”

crabfat-aug-2016Read the complete August issue of Crab Fat Magazine.

Crab Fat is currently open for submissions and accepts poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, visual art, and book reviews on a rolling basis. Crab Fat is under the umbrella of Damaged Goods Publications, which also accept chapbook submissions for Damaged Goods Press.

Click here for submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: Currently open


FORMS: poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, visual art, and book reviews


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