Chapbook Contest

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2022 Poetry Chapbook Contest

Raven Chapbooks announces the 2022 Poetry Chapbook Contest. This year’s contest calls for submissions from poets living on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea, the Sunshine Coast including the  islands in Howe Sound. The 2022 contest is open to all emerging and established poets.


Deadline For Submissions is November 30th, 2021

Manuscripts will be blind judged

Judges for this year’s contest are two award-winning B.C. poets, Jane Munro and Kevin Spenst.

Jane Munro is an award-winning Canadian poet, writer and educator. Her most recent poetry collection is Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous poetry books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press), Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart), and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books). She is a member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs who have published Caution Tape (Collusion 2021), Rhinoceros (Gaspereau), and Whisk (Pedlar). Munro’s newest book, Open Every Window (Douglas & McIntyre, fall 2021), is a genre-bending prose memoir. She’s taught Creative Writing at several BC universities, gives writing workshops, and has read her poetry to audiences in Canada, Ireland, the USA, Italy, India and Egypt. She lives in Vancouver.

Kevin Spenst is the author of three poetry collections: Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong and Hearts Amok: a memoir in verse (all with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press), and Upend (Frog Hollow Press: Dis/Ability series). He has done over a hundred readings across Canada, dozens of workshops in and around Vancouver, and numerous talks at UBC, SFU, and other universities and colleges. He lives on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver.


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Raven ChapbooksGuidelines for the 2022 RAVEN POETRY CHAPBOOK Contest

The winning manuscript will be published in June 2022

  1. Eligible poets must reside on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea, the Sunshine Coast including the islands in Howe Sound. The 2022 contest is open to all emerging and established poets.
  2. A $35 entry fee to be submitted with the manuscript. Cheques or e-transfers accepted. Payable to Diana Hayes (Raven Chapbooks Publisher) e-transfers to
  3. Manuscripts must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2021.
  4. Manuscripts to be 15–25 pages of poems (not including table of contents and bio page).
  5. Manuscripts to be printed in 12 pt. font, single spaced, 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 along with contact information including email and phone number. 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.
  6. If any of the poems have been previously published, please include an acknowledgments page and confirm copyright. A table of contents with page numbering is required.
  7. 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.
  8. The shortlist will be announced in late February and the winning manuscript will be announced on March 1st, 2022. The winner will be contacted by phone and the announcement will be posted on the website:
  9. The winning manuscript will be published in June 2022 in an edition of 135 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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