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

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