Chapbook Contest

Formerly the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest

We are interested in a wide range of poetry. We ask that all submissions come through our annual contest. The final judge for the 2018 competition is Gerry LaFemina. Winner receives publication and $1,000. We notify finalists in November, and the winner is posted by December 15.

Chapbook Contest Guidelines

  • Submission period: August 1st – November 1st
  • Reading fee: $20
  • Manuscript length: 12-20 pages
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS. Include your name and contact info in the “cover letter” section of Submittable as well as a brief bio. Feel free to include a TOC.
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted (*Please inform immediately of publication elsewhere)


Winners of the Coal Hill Chapbook Contest:

2008 The Ghetto Exorcist by James Tyner
2009 Shake It and It Snows by Gailmarie Pahmeier
2010 Shelter by Gigi Marks
2011 Bathhouse Betty by Matthew Terhune
2012 Rooms of the Living by Paul Martin (co-winner)
2012 Prayers of an American Wife by Victoria Kelly (co-winner)
2013 The Welter of Me and You by Peter Schireson
2014 A Green River in Spring by Matthew Thorburn
2015 English Kills by Monica Wendel
2016 Herald by Roberta P. Feins
2017 American Parable by Sonia Greenfield