Ugly Duckling Presse First Chapbooks Open Reading Period

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Yesterday’s post got eaten by the server trouble I mentioned on Twitter and Facebook. I’m sorting that out by spending a bit more to host, and the site will be down for a little bit next week while the transfer is happening. Because of that, though, you get two posts for the price of one today! As I tried to report yesterday, rejections are still piling in. Poems were rejected from Rattle and Sugared Water (four day response time on this one, though!), and a manuscript didn’t make it to the end of the Civil Coping Mechanisms Mainline Contest. A friend of mine was a finalist in that contest, though, so congrats to J. Bradley! Rejections aside, I sent out yesterday to the Ugly Duckling Presse open reading period for first chapbooks. This closes today, so if you have yet to publish a full-length book or chapbook, submit!

Since it’s open to a limited group of writers, this open reading period is a great chance to have your work read with minimal competition. Besides that, this press is just awesome in general and will read your work with respect. If you don’t believe me, check out their catalog, which is packed with tons of published and forthcoming work form a fabulous group of authors (you can tell this is one of my top-tier markets, right? Haha).

Don’t forget that the maximum length of your chapbook must be twenty-four pages. I don’t think that number includes front and back matter, but I truly couldn’t find anything to clarify either way.

Good luck! As always, please feel free to let me know if you’re having any luck with your submissions (good or bad). I love meeting new writers.

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Accepting: Chapbooks in all genres up to twenty-four pages


Reading Period: June 1, 2014-June 30, 2014

Reading Fee: None




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