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$15.00 USD


CHESTNUT REVIEW is thrilled to announce our 2020 poetry chapbook contest! 

Manuscripts will pass through a multi-stage reading process and authors may receive responses to their submission at any time between February and July, 2020. All manuscripts will be read by the editors of CHESTNUT REVIEW, who will select one winner.


  • Submissions open from 1 December 2019 until 31 January 2020.
  • A winner will be announced, along with finalists, in July 2020.
  • The winning chapbook will be published in fall 2020.


  • Poetry only (no images or other media)
  • Length: 25-30 pages of poetry 
  • Times New Roman, 12-point font is preferred. 
  • Poems may have been published individually, but never as a collection. At least 50% of the poems must be unpublished at time of manuscript submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know immediately if the collection has been accepted elsewhere via Submittable.
  • Submit works written in English only. Translations are not accepted.
  • Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
  • Submissions are blind, so do not include any identifying Information in the manuscript.
  • Include a title page with the manuscript title only and a table of contents. No acknowledgments pages, please.
  • Submission fee is $15. 


  • The winner will receive $500 USD and 20 copies of their chapbook.
  • The winning chapbook will be advertised in the CHESTNUT REVIEW and featured for sale on our website.
  • The winning author will be interviewed in a feature in the October 2020 issue of CHESTNUT REVIEW.
  • We reserve the right to offer to publish additional authors who submit manuscripts without awarding a prize.


  • We reserve the right to feature poems from the winning chapbook, at our discretion, in future issues of CHESTNUT REVIEW without further compensation, and submission of a manuscript indicates your acceptance of these terms.
  • CHESTNUT REVIEW will produce a finished chapbook for sale and 20 copies to the author by 1 November 2020. In the unlikely event this deadline is not met, all rights return to the author, who retains the prize money without penalty or obligation.
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.