Saturday, December 6, 2014

The 2013 Pavement Saw Chapbook Award Winner

The 2013 Pavement Saw Chapbook Award Winner is Matthew Cooperman from Fort Collins, Colorado. His collection Little Spool will be published in a run of 400 copies plus overage in early 2015 and he will receive 40 copies and $500.

Matthew Cooperman is the author of, most recently, the text + image collaboration Imago for the Fallen World, w/Marius Lehene (Jaded Ibis Press, 2013), as well as Still: of the Earth as the Ark which Does Not Move (Counterpath Press, 2011), DaZE (Salt Publishing Ltd, 2006) and A Sacrificial Zinc (Pleiades/LSU, 2001), winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize.

Recent work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Verse, Boston Review, New American Writing, Seattle Review, VOLT, Pleaides, Fogged Clarity and Lana Turner. A founding editor of Quarter After Eight, and co-poetry editor of Colorado Review, he teaches in the Creative Writing program at Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, the poet Aby Kaupang, and their two children. More at:

Monday, December 30, 2013

For the Pavement Saw 2012-13 Chapbook Award
(whose end date was 12/31/12)

The winner is Alex Johns for Robot Cosmetics
(his first collection ever!)

Alex Johns is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Georgia.  He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides with his wife and son in the Athens, Georgia area.  He has both an MA in English and a PhD in Language and Literacy from the University of Georgia, and his poems have appeared in Stray Dog Almanac, Chaffin Journal, The Oklahoma Review, Red River Review, Kota Press, and Scrivener’s Pen.

This collection will be published in a run of 400 copies plus overage in early 2014.

In geographic order, our finalists

Jason Gordon from Catonsville, MD
Sharon Dolin from NYC
Jared Harel from Astoria, NY
Linda Strever from Olympia,WA
Charles Atkinson from Soquel, CA

Books were sent to all participants back in March. Thanks to all who entered!

Friday, April 19, 2013


We would like to thank you for submitting to Pavement Saw Press’ Transcontinental Poetry Award and for your continued support of our press. We received many fine, publishable manuscripts this year and, in our anonymously judged contest, Shut Off the Flowers by Ethan Saul Bull, of Portland, Oregon, was chosen by David Baratier as the winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award. He will receive $1,000, publication of his collection by Pavement Saw Press, and 50 author copies. The annual award, which had been given for a first poetry collection, is now given for a first or second book of poetry.

Ethan Saul Bull currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. After teaching high school in London for a few years following college, Ethan attended The University of Arizona where he received an MFA in creative writing in 2008. He then moved to Mexico City to do some more living before landing in Portland. He is also a graduate from The University of Michigan and Indiana University. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, EOAGH, Octopus, The Delinquent, Sub-lit, Spring Gun, Diode and others, and his chapbook, In the Hour and a Bedroom Later, came out from Slash Pine Press in 2012.

Our Finalists

Heather Winterer of Medanales, New Mexico, for Art's Garage
Jared Harel of Astoria, New York for Standard Procedure for My Body Double

Pavement Saw Press
Transcontinental Poetry Award
321 Empire Street
Montpelier, OH 43543
David Baratier, Editor.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Best Poetry Chapbooks of 2011

These were my favorite chapbooks of 2011
  1. Brian Teare: {upward arrow}
  2. Mairead Byrne: Lucky (Little Red Leaves)
  3. Tyrone Williams: Pink Tie (Hooke Press)
  4. Patrick Culliton: Hornet Homily (Octopus Books)
  5. George Kalamaras: Symposium on the Body's Left side (Shivastan Publishing)
  6. Micah Ballard & Sunnylyn Thibodeaux (Auguste Press)
  7. Bob Arnold: Forever (Longhouse)
  8. Anne Bauer: Fine Absence (PSP)
  9. Amy O'Neill: Rhymes with Fever (self published)
  10. Juliet Cook: Post Stroke (Dusie Kollectiv)

Writers on this list are openly invited to submit a manuscript for publication (unless one was previously published by us). So far I have read manuscripts from two of these authors. Pavement Saw Press will publish a collection by Patrick Culliton, Horse Ballast, in 2012.

For the next "best of" chapbook list (2012), if you are an author or publisher and want to send a published chapbook for review, all will be read.

Pavement Saw
c/o David Baratier
321 Empire Street
Montpelier OH 43543

Those selected for the "best of" list will be considered for chapbook publication by Pavement Saw. Mailing a physical publication is necessary for inclusion on this list.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Chapbook Deadline Saturday 12/31/11

Pavement Saw Chapbook Contest: Postmark Deadline 12/31 (or midnight PCT for electronic submissions)

Submit electronically, save the hassle of printing out a manuscript and have your funds support poetry not the post office! Directly enter by using our website

$500 and 50 copies of the winning chapbook will be awarded to the winner. In addition to the prize winner, at least one other manuscript will be published under a standard royalty contract (author paid 10% of press run). Everyone is allowed to submit regardless of previous publication history. Every entrant will receive the equivalent cost of the entry fee in Pavement Saw Press titles.

Unlike many publishers whose collections are printed one copy at a time and therefore lack a large circulation, our chapbooks are published in a first edition of 400 copies plus overage. While chapbooks rarely receive exposure, ours have been reviewed in Poets and Writers, Publishers Weekly, The Georgia Review, Small Press Review and many others. Our previous winners have had subsequent full length books appear from a bevy of publishers including Ahsahta Press, Curbstone Press, Cleveland State University Press, Birds llc, Bear Star Press, BlazeVOX, Shearsman Books, Futurepoem Books, University of Georgia, Tupelo Press, Hanging Loose Press and so on.

Submit up to 32 pages of poetry. Include a signed cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail, publication credits, a brief biography and the title of the chapbook. Include a cover page with your contact information and the chapbook title. Include a second page with the chapbook title only. Do not include your name on any pages inside the manuscript except for the first title page. No need for a contents page. All chapbooks are selected blindly / anonymously. Manuscripts will be considered until December 31st, 2011. Entry fee: $15 for US entries, $18 overseas, $21 electronic (world wide).

If you wish to submit electronically, send $21.00 via paypal to info(AT) Then e-mail the manuscript as an attachment to the same address and we will send you an e-mail confirmation that your entry is all set. Electronic submissions need to be sent as PDF files or as word (.doc or .docx) files. Other formats are not accepted. The extra cost is to cover the paypal fees as well as the time, labor, ink, and so on, to print out your manuscript. Or use our website

If you wish to send via regular mail, have your envelope postmarked by December 31st and accompany your manuscript with a check in the amount of $15.00 payable to Pavement Saw Press. All contributors to the contest will receive books, chapbooks and journals equal to, or more than, the entry fee. Add $3 (US) for other countries to cover the extra postal charge. Do not include an SASE for notification of results. Do not send the only copy of your work. All manuscripts are recycled and individual comments on the manuscripts cannot be made. This year the editor will be the judge and, as it should be, he promises not to chose former students, former or potential sexual partners, press interns, or people that can make him famous. A decision will be reached in March. Entries should be sent to our address at the bottom of the page.

Previous Winners
Anne Bauer, Fine Absence
j/j hastain, extant shamanisms
Martin Arnold, A Million Distant Glittering Catastrophes
Brian Teare, >
Noah Eli Gordon, Acoustic Experience
Susan Terris, Marriage License
Dan Boehl, Work
Joshua Corey, Compostition Marble
Knute Skinner, The Other Shoe
Lisa Samuels, War Holdings
F. J. Bergmann, Sauce Robert
John Bradley, Add Musk Here
Amy King, The People Instruments
Will Nixon, The Fish are Laughing
Shelley Stenhouse, Pants
David Brooks, Right Livelihood
Douglas Goetsch, Wherever You Want
Joshua Mc Kinney, Permutations of the Gallery

Pavement Saw Press
Chapbook Contest
321 Empire Street
Montpelier, OH 43543

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Winner chosen: 2011 Transcontinental Award for first or second books

Electrical Theories of Femininity by Sarah Mangold (Edmonds, WA) was chosen by David Baratier as the winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award. Poems from this collection appeared in a Little Red Leaves chapbook and in journals such as Action Yes, American Letters & Commentary, Aufgabe, Court Green, Handsome, No Tell Hotel, Puerto del Sol, Rattapallax, Slope, Web Conjunctions and others. Mangold will be given $1000 and 5% of the 1000 copy press run. This book will be released in a paperback trade edition in the Fall/Winter of 2012.

Second and third place were tied between
Mark Taksa from Albany, California
Matt W. Miller from Exeter, New Hampshire.

The remaining top five finalists:

Elizabeth Anne Socolow from Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Ryan Daley from Brooklyn, New York
Daniel Zimmerman from North Brunswick, New Jersey

Books were sent by November 12th, 2011 to all participants. Thanks to all who submitted!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pavement Saw 2010-11 Chapbook decision

Here is the info on the Pavement Saw 2010-11 Chapbook Award

This year was a split decision, the winners are

Anne Bauer from Helena, MT for Fine Absence
(her first collection ever!)
j/j hastain from Lafayette, CO, for extant shamanisms

these collections will both be published in a run of 400 copies plus overage later in 2011.

In order, the three finalists are

1. Matt Schumacher from Rhododendron, OR
2. Chris D'Errico from Las Vegas, NV
3. Alexander Dickow from France

Books were sent to all participants back in February. Thanks to all who entered!