Chapbook Guidelines

2016 Chapbook Contest Winner

The Volunteer by Andrew McAlpine, selected by Adrian Matejka


Hailey Higdon, A Wild Permanence

Finalists (in no particular order)

Ryan Smith, The Death Metal Pastorals
Éireann Lorsung, Scale Model of the World
David Bartone, Loudville
Teresa Miller, From Another Mother
Linda Dove, This Too
Christian Teresi, Like Shining from Shook Foil
Maura Way, August Body

Burnside Review Chapbook Contest

Judge: Adrian Matejka

Submissions to the 2016 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest will be accepted March 15 through June 30, 2016.

Submissions should include:

—18 to 24 pages of poetry. Individual poems may be previously published.
—2 cover sheets. The first should include the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address. The second should only include the title of the manuscript.
—A page acknowledging previously published poems

Entries are only accepted through our online submission manager. Please follow the link below.

Initial readers are the Burnside Review editors. They will choose up to fifteen manuscripts as finalists to pass on to the judge, who will select the winning collection.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Former students or colleagues of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest judge—as well as any writer whose relationship with the judge constitutes a conflict of interest—are not eligible to enter the contest. We reserve the right to disqualify ineligible entries and will return entry fees as appropriate.

At no time during deliberations will the judge have the names of the finalists.

The winner will receive 10 copies of the chapbook, published by Burnside Review Press, and a cash prize of $200.

Results will be announced by mid-October.

All questions happily answered by e-mail:



About the Judge:

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Big Smoke (Penguin USA, 2013), winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; Mixology (Penguin USA, 2009), a 2008 National Poetry Series selection and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry; and The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003). He is the Lilly Professor / Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently finishing a new collection of poems, Collectable Blacks (forthcoming from Penguin USA in April 2017), and a graphic novel.