Digging Press Chapbook Competition

The Digging Press Chapbook Competition is open for submissions twice a year for fiction, poetry, or hybrid (multi-genre) manuscripts. We seek innovative manuscripts that are inventively personal and richly imagined. We are inspired by the works of Clarice Lispector, Augusto Monterroso, Lynne Tillman, Óscar Esquivias, Giannina Braschi, Italo Calvino, Lydia Davis, Zakaria Tamer, Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, Sonia Sanchez, Ocean Vuong, Sam Sax, Claudia Rankine, Eileen Myles…
Awabi by Mandy-Suzanne Wong. Winner of the 2018 Digging Press Chapbook Award.
We are passionate about presenting a unique book design and offering editorial support. We aim to produce beautiful and artistic books. Selected manuscripts have a small print-run (100 – 120 copies), and authors receive 20 copies plus $250 payment. Authors retain all rights to the text material within the author’s chapbook. 

Winners:
2018: Mandy-Suzanne Wong (Publication April 2019)
Spring / Summer 2019: Abigail Carl-Klassen (forthcoming 2020)
Winter 2019/2020: TBA in February

Open Submission Periods:
Spring/Summer Entry Period: April 1 – June 15
Summer/Fall Entry Period: August 1 – October 15
 
Submission Fee:
The submission/reading fee is $10 per submission. You can email: editor@diggingpress.com if you would like to submit but have any trouble paying the submission fee. Please note that fees offset the cost of publishing and promoting the winning chapbook. A small portion also helps cover our Submittable hosting fees. We also rely on donations and purchases to support our chapbook series. If you would like to donate $10 to cover the cost of a fellow writer, Donate Here to our Digging Press Fund.

GUIDELINES

Digging Press, LLC is an independent publisher. We publish the literary and arts journal, Digging Through The Fat, and a chapbook series. As a micro-press and journal for cultural omnivores, we aim to nurture experimentation in the arts and encourage broad-mindedness and cultural inclusion. Read our interview at Six Questions to learn more about who we are.

We only accept manuscripts between 16 and 36 pages via Submittable. Please read the following carefully:
  • Respect our blind submission policy. The manuscript must be free of any identity-revealing information, including in the name of your file or in the “title” field in Submittable. Submissions that do not respect this policy will be automatically declined.
  • Page limit: 16 to 36 pages. Please use a readable font in 12-point. Times New Roman or its equivalent is recommended. Manuscripts should be paginated (and double-spaced for fiction), not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.).
  • You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen.
  • Include the following in your upload document: a description or synopsis of your work, title page, table of contents, if appropriate, an acknowledgments page. (If the manuscript contains individual stories or poems that have been previously published online or in print, note previously published work on the acknowledgments page.)
  • The manuscript must be previously unpublished as a collection (including publication with a press, self-publication, online/digital publication, and publication in a small, limited-edition print run).
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. Do not email us a withdrawal.
  • Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. 
  • Collaborative collections are welcome.
  • Text only Hybrid/multi-genre submissions are also welcome.
  • We cannot accept translations.
  • You will have the option to purchase our latest chapbook for a discounted price, which includes the cost of shipping. While authors from around the globe may submit to the Digging Press Chapbook Competition, these discounted book prices are only available to those with U.S. mailing addresses.
Announcements:
SPRING/SUMMER ENTRIES: The selected chapbook is announced in September with publication in June of the following year.
FALL/WINTER ENTRIES: The selected chapbook is announced in February with publication November.

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All submissions are read, reviewed, and considered by Gessy Alvarez, editor of the Digging Press Chapbook Series. Accepted works will be promoted in our online journal, and at our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts.

With permission from our contributors, we may include accepted works in promotional material for Digging Through The Fat and Digging Press, LLC.

If you have any questions or concerns, please add your comments in the section below and we’ll respond within 24 hours.

— Digging Press Team

 

 

22 thoughts on “Digging Press Chapbook Competition

  1. To the Editors–
    For your chapbook call, how many copies are in a “small print run”?
    Thanks!

  2. I recommend submitting text only. If the images are essential to your project you can include pages with short descriptions of images. If your manuscript makes it to the finals, we will be in touch and request your full pdf to review.

  3. I am putting together a chapbook at the minute, and this competition looks perfect. However, I just wanted to check – is it America only? Or can people in the UK submit?

    1. You can submit from the UK. If you win, the US dollar cash prize will be sent via Paypal. International shipping fees may apply

    1. We define it as any text mixes more than one genre within one story. Poetry and creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, expository and fictional narrative…

      The textbook definition:
      A hybrid text is a single text with a dual purpose: to integrate narrative and informational text (Donovan & Smolkin, 2002). It presents important information about a specific topic using narrative text as the primary means of expression (Maloch & Bomer, 2013)—for example, to teach scientific information (Ebbers, 2002). A hybrid text is also referred to as an informational storybook (Leal, 1992), a blended or mixed-genre text (Elster & Hanauer, 2002), a multi-genre text (Flurkey & Goodman, 2004), or a postmodern picture book (Pantaleo, 2014; Sipe & Pantaleo, 2008).

      Unfortunately, we are not accepting hybrid texts with graphics or visual arts, yet, but we hope to in a future call for submissions.

      Thanks for your question.

      Best,
      The Digging Team

  4. Hi — My chapbook “Three Fat Men” is 76 pages when it is double spaced (dialogue). Can I send it anyways? Its a lightly science fiction story about 3 aliens who come to Earth around Chrismastime and discover a horrible plot to kill old people.

    1. We have a small budget right now which is why our page count is low. But that may change for a future call. I would recommend you hold off on submitting for this call.

    1. The manuscript should be understandable to an English speaker, but it doesn’t have to be totally in English. For example, Braschi’s Yo-Yo Boing is a work written in Spanglish.

      We do accept international submissions. If you win, the US dollar cash prize will be sent via Paypal. International fees may apply.

  5. What if there is identity revealing information in the acknowledgments section? I want to acknowledge the people who made this piece possible, while respecting your blind submission policy.

  6. What size of paper should the submission be on?
    Do you have any margin size preferences?
    Is everything specified in one document (points 4 & 5 about upload document and manuscript) so you split out the acknowledgements!

    1. Because this is a competition, we don’t require specifics yet. Our printed chapbooks are softcover, pocket-sized (Book Width 4.25 inches.
      Book Height 6.87 inches.) For the competition, we simply ask for a standard manuscript on 8.5″×11″ or A4 paper size,
      12-point (10 pitch) font size. You can feel free to layout the pages as you wish so long as the manuscript is 36 pages max. If your front matter and acknowledgment page push this max to 40 pages, that’s fine. Best of luck!

  7. Dear Editor, I tried to submit a collection of poetry during the Open Submission Periods by clicking the black box, “Click Here To Submit” to no avail! There was no time, that I saw for deadline, only saw a day time and that day is today. Help? Please? Thank you.

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