Iowa Chapbook Prize

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The University of Iowa’s Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing is accepting submissions for the fifth annual Iowa Chapbook Prize from November 8th, 2021 through January 31st, 2022. Any undergraduate student enrolled in a college, community college, junior college, or university in the state of Iowa is eligible. 

The mission of the Iowa Chapbook Prize is to serve as a platform for innovative writing. Our editors take seriously their responsibility to read and select work submitted to this contest, and each manuscript will be reviewed and considered openly, honestly, and fairly. The editorial board is interested in (but is not limited to) work that is adventurous in form and content, precise in its language usage, effective in its ability to elicit emotional and intellectual investment from readers, purposeful in its presentation of characters and narration, and inclusive of underrepresented and marginalized voices.

Selected manuscripts will be included in a limited run series of chapbooks published by students enrolled in WRIT:3000 Publishing Practicum at the University of Iowa. Writers will receive copies of their chapbooks, the distinction of inclusion in this selective series, and an invitation to the series launch event. 

Submissions may be one complete work or a small collection of shorter pieces. Please limit prose submissions to a maximum of 25 pages of double-spaced, Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins; poetry submissions should be kept to 25 pages, one poem per page. 

Names must NOT appear anywhere on your submission. 

The deadline for submissions is January 31st.

Iowa Chapbook Prize