Chapbook Contest

Raven Chapbooks


First Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest – Now Closed

Raven Chapbooks Announces the First Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest for Emerging* Writers living in the Capital Regional District (CRD) which includes Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.


*Emerging Writers must be unpublished poets, or poets with a maximum of one published chapbook and/or one full length book of poetry to qualify for the contest

Deadline For Submissions is November 30th, 2020

Manuscripts will be blind judged

Judges for the contest are two award-winning B.C. poets, Yvonne Blomer and Robert Hilles.

Yvonne BlomerYvonne Blomer is the author of a travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, and three books of poetry, as well as an editor, teacher and mentor in poetry and memoir. She served as the city of Victoria poet laureate from 2015-2018. In 2018 Yvonne was the Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Bateman Centre and created Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak, a chapbook of ekphrastic ecological poetry in response to Bateman’s art. She has edited the anthologies Refugium: Poems for the Pacific and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, the second in a trilogy of water-based poetry anthologies published by Caitlin Press.


Robert HillesRobert Hilles won the Governor General’s Award for poetry for Cantos From A Small Room. In the same year, his first novel, Raising of Voices, won the Writers Guild of Alberta George Bugnet Award for best novel. He has published sixteen books of poetry and five books of prose. Hilles’ books have also been shortlisted for The Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Prize, The W.O. Mitchell/City of Calgary Prize, The Stephan G. Stephansson Award, and The Howard O’Hagan Award. His newest poetry book Shimmer was published by Black Moss Press in 2019 and his forthcoming novel, Don’t Hang Your Soul On That, will be published Spring 2021 by Guernica Editions.


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Raven ChapbooksGuidelines for the 2021 RAVEN POETRY CHAPBOOK Contest

The winning manuscript will be published in May 2021

Eligible poets must reside in the Capital Regional District (CRD) which includes Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. The 2021 contest will focus on emerging writers who are unpublished or have previously published not more than one poetry chapbook and/or one full length volume of poetry.

  1. A $25 entry fee to be submitted with the manuscript. Cheques or e-transfers accepted. Payable to Diana Hayes (Raven Chapbooks Publisher) e-transfers to
  2. Manuscripts must be received and postmarked no later than November 30th, 2020.
  3. Manuscripts to be 15–25 pages of poems (not including table of contents and bio page).
  4. Manuscripts to be printed in 12 pt. font and pages to be numbered. Do not include any identifying information within the manuscript itself. Manuscripts will be blind judged. Please include a one-page cover letter identifying the title of your submission and include a short biographical paragraph. All manuscripts to be submitted in hard copy to: Diana Hayes, Raven Chapbooks, 138 McAllister Road, Salt Spring Island BC V8K 1M4. Include an SASE if you wish to receive your manuscript back by mail after the contest.
  5. If any of the poems have been previously published, include an acknowledgments page. A table of contents with page numbering is required.
  6. Contest entry fees are non-refundable and manuscripts cannot be edited after submission. Please be sure to submit only your final version of the poems.
  7. The winning manuscript will be announced on March 1st, 2021. The winner will be contacted by phone and the announcement will be posted on the website:
  8. The winning manuscript will be published on May 31st, 2021 in an edition of 115 copies. Design and production details will be negotiated with the poet. A publishing contract will be provided. The poet may purchase copies for private sale at the publisher’s discount – 50% of retail cost.

Raven Chapbooks
Diana Hayes, Publisher
138 McAllister Road
Salt Spring Island BC • V8K 1M4

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