Chapbook Guidelines

2018 Chapbook Contest Winner

Caroline Cabrera, The Coma of the Cometselected by Solmaz Sharif


Ayokunle Falomo, African, American

Finalists (in no particular order)

Stella Yin-Yin Wong, American Zero
Christopher Salerno, Deathbed Sext
Jesse Nissim, Fall, Winter
Jeanne Morel, Jackpot
James Meetze, Late in the Long Now
Patrick Milian, Reverberations
Connor Fisher, The American Scene

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 in 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.