Chapbook Guidelines

Burnside Review Chapbook Contest

Judge: Solmaz Sharif

Submissions to the 2018 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest will be accepted March 15 through June 30, 2018.

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:

Solmaz Sharif is the author of Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for poetry. The former managing director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, she has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, an NEA fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University.

2017 Chapbook Contest Winner

Trevor Ketner, Major Arcana: Minneapolisselected by Diane Seuss


Jan LaPerle, Route 18

Finalists (in no particular order)

Dina Hardy, Inside My Hat Is a Foreign Body I Cannot Dislodge
Dawn Marie Knopf, The Hunted
Samuel Corfman, Meteorites
Chaney Williams, Tenderness
Leah Claire Kaminski, Peninsular Scar
Keegan Finberg, The Thought of Preservation
Connor Fisher, Beauty / Sound
Eliot Wilson, Your Heroes for Ghosts