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BEST PRIZE Chapbook Contest for POC Poets

Mark Cugini’s press Big Lucks Books is running a chapbook contest for POC poets. The prize is $100 and there is no entry fee. Submissions are open today, so if you wanna submit, you can do that right now.


Judge: Ginger Ko
Reading fee: None! This contest is sponsored by the Folio, the student-run literary journal from the MFA Program at American University.
Deadline: January 15
Prize: $100 + a full print run of the award-winning manuscript in 2016
Genres: Poetry


  • The author must identify as a person of color. 
  • All manuscripts must be previously unpublished in their complete form, although some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals or chapbooks. Authors who have only self-published, however, are encouraged to submit.
  • Please keep submissions under 35 pages.
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged: just let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.


  • We prefer to do blind readings during our first look at each manuscript. Please do not include a title page or acknowledgements section in your manuscript. That said, you do not need to redact any biographical information from the content of your actual work.
  • Do not send query letters or manuscripts directly to the editors during the review period.
  • You may include an acknowledgements page at the end of your manuscript.
  • We will consider all manuscripts we receive for publication, and a list of winners and finalists will be posted to our website.

For full info, check here!

Filed under: Advanced Submission Calls, Poetry, Uncategorized

About the Author

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Christopher Morgan is a Lebanese American prose poet who grew up in Detroit, the Bible Belt of Georgia, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he currently lives and co-manages Nostrovia! Press. The author of two chapbooks, “Shadow Songs” (Sad Spell Press 2015) and “Fables with Fangs” (Ghost City Press 2016), and the Reviews Coordinator at Alien Mouth, his work has been published at Gargoyle, A cappella Zoo, Voicemail Poems, Bartleby Snopes, DOGZPLOT, and Fruita Pulp, among others. He loves hiking in the redwoods, aphorisms, and happy hour margaritas.

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