***UPDATE*** These are difficult times. Many members of our community are hurting and grieving right now, and we are grieving with them. We understand if writers who want to submit to the Own Voices Chapbook Prize need time to process and take care of themselves. For that reason, we are extending the deadline to June 15, 11:59pm EST.
The Radix Media Own Voices Chapbook Prize is an annual contest dedicated to the discovery of two timely, urgent, and interrogative chapbook-length poetry collections from debut poets of color. One chapbook will be published in the Fall of 2020 and the other in the Spring of 2021.
The Guest Judge for the 2020 Own Voices Chapbook Prize is Aria Aber.
The Own Voices Chapbook Prize includes a cash award of $500 for each winner, 25 author copies, a book launch in New York City, and a limited print run of 250 copies. At Radix, we pride ourselves on the production of superior quality, purposefully designed books. The poets of the winning chapbooks will work with our in-house designers to conceptualize the kind of chapbook cover they desire, printed in letterpress style.
About the Guest Judge:
Aria Aber is the author of Hard Damage, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, Kenyon Review, New Republic, Narrative, and elsewhere. She holds awards and fellowships from New York University, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and Kundiman. She’s currently serving as the Li Shen Visiting Writer at Mills College.
What We Are Looking For:
The Own Voices Chapbook Prize is open to poets of color writing in the English language who haven’t published a full-length book of poems. We are looking for work that believes the personal is political, that comes from a place of deep interrogation and critique of one’s self and the society at large, that is rebellious and seeks to question the status quo. At a time when there is a deep reckoning of political thought in the literary community, we want to identify and highlight emerging poets who are at work on collections they deem urgent and essential to the discourse.
We are not bound to particular forms, and invite poetry that is rooted in cultural oral traditions or exists in hybrid forms. We are open to, and in fact encourage, multilingual poetry and self-translated work. Collaborative manuscripts are welcome, as long as both writers identify as poets of color (the prize money will be shared in that event).
All entries will be considered for publication. Finalists may be offered publication by Radix Media.
- Open to debut poets of color writing in the English language (not exclusively). Should not have published a full-length collection.
- Collaborations and self-translations welcome (As are translations where the poem appears in its original dialect as well as English).
- There is an entry fee of $10. As a young, independent press, charging an entry fee allows us to pay an honorarium to our guest judge and offset the printing costs of the project. If you are unable to pay the fee at this time, please email email@example.com, and your submission fee will be waived. (This offer is available to the first 100 writers who email us with a fee waiver request.)
- Please submit a manuscript of 20 - 40 pages. The manuscript can include pieces that have been published previously but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
- Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us ASAP if your collection is accepted elsewhere.
- Your manuscript must be a single Word document. Please include a title page and table of contents page. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IN THE MANUSCRIPT. Please do not include any publishing acknowledgements. Manuscripts that do not adhere to these guidelines will be immediately disqualified.