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Monday, May 29, 2017

A List of Canadian Chapbook Awards

Canadian Chapbook Awards

Here’s a list of annual prizes that result in chapbook publication. For more details on deadlines and specifics, up-to-date submission requirements, guidelines, etc, please visit the sites. I consulted with all the presses/journals listed below, but any errors are my responsibility. If you see a mistake, please let me know. If you know of additional Canadian chapbook awards, please let me know.

Note that the bpNichol chapbook award, administered by Toronto’s Meet the Presses collective, is awarded to chapbooks published by a Canadian press in the previous year and result in a $4000 award for the author and $500 for the press. Chapbooks can be submitted by the press or the author. Check the site for specific information.

"Cost to author" refers to the cost authors must pay per chapbook should they decide to buy additional copies.

"Sales on site" refers to whether or not the chapbook will be sold by the press via its web site.



Press/Journal :           Bywords.ca
Name of Award:      John Newlove Poetry Award
Site:                             http://www.bywords.ca/wm/index.php?Newlove
Entry Fee:                  $0       
Prize Amount:          Honorarium for reading varies (up to $250)       
Print Run:                  126     
Comps to author:     26
Cost to author:          half price retail cost.
Sales on site:             Yes

Press/Journal:           Tree Press/Tree Reading Series
Name of Award:       Tree Press Chapbook Contest
Site:                             http://treereadingseries.ca/awards/chapbook-competition
Entry Fee:                  $0
Prize:                          $250
Comps to author:     10
Note that the categories of "cost to author," "print run" and "sales on site" are flexible and depend on wishes of winner and size of book. 

Press/Journal:           Frog Hollow Press  
Name of Award:       Frog Hollow Press Chapbook Contest
Site:                             http://froghollowpress.com/
Entry Fee:                  $0
Prize:                          $0
Print Run:                  100
Comps to author:     10
Cost to author           depend on cost of publication, including mailing proofs to author, endpapers, etc.
Sales on site:             Yes

Press/Journal:           Vallum
Name of Award:       The Vallum Chapbook Award
Site:                             http://www.vallummag.com/chapbookrules.html
Entry Fee:                  $25
Prize:                          $115
Print Run:                  125
Comps to Author     10
Cost to author:          $10
Sales on site:             Yes

Press/Journal :           Kalamalka Press
Name of Award:       John Lent Poetry/Prose Award
Site:                             http://www.kalwriters.com/john-lent-award.html
Entry Fee:                  $10
Prize:                          $500
Print Run:                  “varies from year-to-year depending on available materials, available storage capacity, how recent titles have been selling... so, last year it was 75; this year it's 55, i think.” Kevin McPherson
Comps to author:     10% of total print run
Cost to author:          Author discount is usually 25%
Sales on site:             Yes     

Press/Journal    :    Metatron
Name of Award:    Metatron Prize for Rising Authors
Site:             http://www.onmetatron.org/metatron-prize-2017/
Entry Fee:        $15-$30 ($15 Submission Fee, $30 With Feedback)
Prize:            $500
Print Run:    500
Comps to author:    10
Cost to author (to purchase additional copies):     50% of Retail Price

Sales on site:        Yes


Press/Journal : Big Pond Rumours
Name of Award: Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest
Site: http://www.big-pond-rumours.com/index_files/Page296.htm
Entry Fee: $0
Prize: $0
Print Run: 100
Comps to author: 25 to winner; 20 to 2 runners up
Cost to author (to purchase additional copies): 50%


4 comments:

Liv said...

This is great! There is also the annual Metatron award out of Montreal which results in chapbook publication, though it just closed for 2017.

Sharon Berg said...

Hi Amanda -

Can you add my micro press as well? Big Pond Rumours runs a contest that runs from January through February each year and charges no fee for submission. The winner receives 25 copies, two runners up receive 20 copies. The contest is restricted to Canadian authors and all work submitted must be previously unpublished. Authors published to date: Nelson Ball, Sharon Berg, *Harold Feddersen, *Debbie Okun Hill, John Oughton, Brian Purdy, Bob Wakulich. (* forthcoming)

Sharon Berg

quillfyre said...

Great list, thanks Amanda!

~ Carol

Amanda Earl said...

thanks everyone. perhaps this should be an annual list. if so, Liv, perhaps you can send me the info on the Metatron Prize (i thought it was a perfect bound book, not a chapbook); Sharon, that's great! if you could send me the info as an e-mail to amanda at amandaearl dot com, filling in all the info, such as author copies, etc. that would be great!