Raven ChapbooksFirst Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest

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*Emerging Writers must be unpublished poets, or poets with a maximum of one published chapbook and/or one full length book of poetry to qualify for the contest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

Click Here for Chapbook Contest GUIDELINES PDF

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.



Poems by David Haggart

Like all great poetry books, you can’t read just one of these poems. You will be drawn in by the compassion and wisdom and after each poem you will want to pause and reflect.

— Robert Hilles, author of Shimmer and
Don’t Hang Your Soul On That

Available at Salt Spring Books and by order
through Raven Chapbooks: click here

ISBN: 978-0-9734408-3-6 | 47 pgs | $18

David Haggart





Raven ChapbooksRaven Chapbooks is an independent press located on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, founded by Diana Hayes.  This family venture first began in the late 1990s as Rainbow Publishers with five full length titles released to date.  The press has now turned its focus to poetry chapbooks featuring new and emerging British Columbia poets.

Our mandate is to create beautifully designed chapbooks in small editions and to support the poets by providing a launching pad for wider audiences.

The press launched its first chapbook in Spring 2020 with A Curious Happiness in Small Things, the debut collection by Salt Spring Island poet, David Haggart. A second chapbook is scheduled for Fall 2020 with Lorraine Gane’s Arc of Light.

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

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