Call for Submissions

14 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.

The 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.

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

To check out my online chapbooks, click here.

14 NO FEE Chapbook Publishers – Individual Listings

Anvil Press

Notes: Canadian residents only, Postal submissions only

Submission Fees: None

Reading Periods: Always Open

About: “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.”


BatCat Press

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods: June – August

Notes: “BatCat Press was officially founded in 2009, led by managing editor Deanna [Mulye] Baringer and a staff of six intrepid high school students. With the support of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, BatCat Press has grown up and established itself as an independent publisher specializing in handmade limited editions of new works by both first time and established authors.”


Damaged Goods Press

Submission Fees: None

Reading Periods: Rolling

About: “Damaged Goods specializes in queer & trans poetry & flash fiction chapbooks. Our goal is simple: publish four (4) chapbooks a year that revolve around the beauty and terror of queer life. Damaged goods welcomes all gender variant writers. As long as you identify as queer or trans that’s cool–send your work this way.”


Glass Poetry Press

Submission Fees: None

Reading Periods: March 1 – March 31, 2017

About: “Glass Poetry Press is a micro-press in Toledo, Ohio that publishes poetry chapbooks. We also publish the online poetry journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Our chapbooks are hand-bound and side stapled with full-color card stock covers. Each chapbook is assigned an ISBN. Initial print run is 100 copies and each chapbook will be kept in print as long as there is sufficient demand, to be determined by the press.”


Hyacinth Girl Press

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods: April – June

Notes: “Hyacinth Girl Press is a micro-press that publishes up to 6 poetry chapbooks each year. We specialize in handmade books of smaller press runs. We consider ourselves a feminist press and are particularly interested in manuscripts dealing with topics such as radical spiritual experiences, creation/interpretation of myth through a feminist lens, and science. We think outerspace, in particular, is pretty darn cool.”



Notes: 10 page chapbooks

Submission Fees: None

Current Deadline: Varies, last deadline closed on Sept. 30, 2017

About: “We are a brand new independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography and poetry on our way to our very first year of publication.  We are proud to announce that our Inaugural issue, and all of our future issues will be available in both print and online editions.


Origami Poems

Notes: Microchaps, previously unpublished

Reading Periods: Jan 1 – Mar 15, May 1 – June 30, Sept 1 – Dec 31 (Closed April, July and August)

Submission Fees: None

Form: Specific format, read guidelines carefully and download their examples

Payment: “Upon acceptance we’ll post your book under your own Bio page. You’ll receive a packet of your Origami micro-chapbooks to read, share, or display on the tiniest of bookshelves.” Plus, the warm fuzzy feeling of sharing your poems!


Maverick Duck Press

Notes: No simultaneous submissions.

Reading Periods: Always open

Submission Fees: None

About: “Maverick Duck Press was founded in 2005 to help give a voice to undiscovered talent in poetry. We are a small chapbook press that publishes limited run, saddle stapled chapbooks. We look for fresh and cutting edge talent with an eye for detail and a powerful voice. Our books are available through this website and via readings from our poets. We do not have the ability to mass distribute like the big publishers, but we’d like to think that we are doing this for art’s sake.”


Palettes & Quills

Notes: Poetry Only

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods: Always Open

About: “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.”

Payment: “20 free copies of the published chapbook and an author’s discount on the purchase of additional copies.  For collaborative projects  the 20  complimentary copies will be given to the editor for for appropriate distribution.”


Prolific Press

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods: Always Open

About: “Although chapbooks are not typically treated the same as full offerings in the marketplace, Prolific Press does purchase and provide a unique ISBN and barcode. We make this investment to help ensure that our chapbooks can be collected and traded long after they are out of print, further preserving the voice of the writer.”

Payment: “Selected authors receive 10 copies and publication as payment for the short collection.”


Rinky Dink Press

Notes: Microchaps, micropoems

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods: Always open

About: “Rinky Dink Press is on a mission to get poetry back into the hands (and pockets) of the people – each of our single author collections can fit in your pocket, but we never sacrifice craft, and despite the tiny format, we refuse to sacrifice style. In short, we’re a microzine press that marries a DIY attitude with skilled poetics and fine-art aesthetics. POETRY: Submit thematically related micropoems (i.e. poems consisting of between 25 & 40 words). Poems can form a cohesive narrative or adhere loosely to a theme of your choosing. Most importantly, we privilege finely-crafted verse, conscientious in its intent. FYI, micropoems are not haiku.”


Seven Kitchens Press

Notes: This press runs four separate chapbook prizes throughout the year. There are no fees to submit to any of them.

Submissions Fees: None

Reading Periods:

About: “Our goal has always been to publish the very best poetry and prose we can find in carefully-edited, hand-trimmed & hand-tied chapbooks; to work in close collaboration with authors through the production process; and to present a wide aesthetic range from both established and emerging writers. We hope you’ll browse through our titles and discover writers that you can’t wait to read more of.”

Payment: “Each winning poet will receive 25 copies of their chapbook, which will be designed, printed, and hand-assembled by Seven Kitchens Press.”

Duotrope: Each prize is listed separately.

Unsolicited Press

Notes: “We publish full-length poetry collections, translations, chapbooks, and collaborative pieces (more than one poet in a book).”

Submissions Fees: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for some submissions. They charge fees for first submission, then free for lifetime.

Reading Periods: Currently open, “We will accept submissions until we find enough books to fill our 2018-2019 publication schedules.”

About: “No bullshit, just books.”


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).”


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  1. Thanks Trish, and thanks for all the support you give to poets throughout the year.

    Happy Holidays.


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    On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Trish Hopkinson wrote:

    > trishhopkinsonpoet posted: “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 ” >

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  2. A complete waste of time. They are eith no accepting submission, they require a reading fee, or they are out of business.


    • That’s not my experience with these markets. Certainly, it takes a little research to send your work out. I post what makes sense at the time I post it and try to support poets as much as I can. What do you do friend?


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