Annual chapbook contests open on January 20, 2019.

You can find winners from our previous contests here.

Sometimes we take longer than we'd like to read and respond to your work. We're sorry to make you wait, but know that we're grateful to have the opportunity to read your writing as soon as we can.

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As of 2017, annual issues of Paper Nautilus are on a hiatus. It's just too much to juggle right now. We're bummed about it, too. BUT, we still have plenty of annual issues from 2011 - 2016 available here. We hope to be back to making great literary magazines again soon.

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If you don't have a manuscript, or aren't interested in picking up some of our chapbooks or back issues, feel free to enjoy a free digital download of Excavating Honesty: An Anthology of Rage and Hope in America

  The same guidelines as the $5.00 entry fee - except selecting this option will include a random chapbook from the Paper Nautilus catalog.  

This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a full-length manuscript or chapbook in any genre. 

-Manuscripts may be between 16 – 24 pages (or less than ~9,000 words for prose).

- Please include a title page with ONLY the title, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (not included in page count).

- Open to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and mixed- or hybrid-genre works (prose poems, flash fiction, a lyric essay bookended by two poems, a short story sandwiched between poems, one long-ish short story or memoir, 24 pages of poems, and any other combination that might be missing in this list).

- Thematically-linked works are encouraged, but not required. Quality is the only criteria.

- Collection as a whole must be unpublished, but individual publications are fine.

- Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw it immediately if someone else snatches up your amazing work before we do.

– Prize: 50 perfect-bound copies of your winning chapbook, to use however you’d like (sell them, give them away, make a modern art installation in your living room, etc.) Paper Nautilus will be selling an additional limited number of copies through our website or at literary events - for which the winner will receive 10% royalties - but the rest are yours.

– Entry fee: $5, payable through Submittable. If this fee is an economic hardship to an eligible submitter, please contact us, and we will do everything possible to work with you.

– Entry period: January 20 - April 20

– Expected announcement of winner: (approximately) August 2019.

– Expected date of publication: (approximately) April 2020.

– Final Judge: Lisa Mangini, Paper Nautilus Editor in Chief. 

 The same guidelines as the $11.00 entry fee - except selecting this option will include a random chapbook from the Paper Nautilus catalog. 

Ends on April 20, 2019$11.00
$11.00

 Vella Chapbook Prize:

- Manuscripts may be between 16 – 24 pages (or less than ~9,000 words for prose)

- Please include a title page with ONLY the title, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (not included in page count).

- Open to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and mixed- or hybrid-genre works (prose poems, flash fiction, a lyric essay bookended by two poems, a short story sandwiched between poems, one long-ish short story or memoir, 24 pages of poems, and any other combination that might be missing in this list).

- Thematically-linked works are encouraged, but not required. Quality is the only criteria.

- Collection as a whole must be unpublished, but individual publications are fine.

- Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw it immediately if someone else snatches up your amazing work before we do.

- Prize: 100 copies of your winning chapbook, perfect-bound and ISBN included, to use however you’d like (sell them, give them away, make a modern art installation in your living room, etc.) Paper Nautilus will be selling an additional limited number of copies through our website or at literary events - for which the winner will receive 10% royalties -  but the rest are yours.

- Entry fee: $11, payable through Submittable. If this fee is an economic hardship to an eligible submitter, please contact us, and we will do everything possible to work with you.

– Entry period: January 20 – April 20

– Expected announcement of winner: (approximately) August 2019.

– Expected date of publication: (approximately) April 2020.

– Final Judge: Lisa Mangini, Paper Nautilus Editor in Chief. 

While we don't feature artwork in the interior of Paper Nautilus, we're always happy to consider art to be used as covers for our annual issue or our chapbooks.

NOTE: this category is more of a "pool" for us to browse through, and not handled the way our written submissions are - so while we peruse these submissions regularly, we don't actively "decline" submissions. This choice is because there's no way for us to predict in advance what images might be the best fit for our chapbooks' themes.

Submit up to three images, 300 dpi, in .jpg format.  Full color images are preferred (but not required); no particular style, just send your best!
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