Iowa Chapbook Prize

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Each year, the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, in partnership with the Nonfiction Writing Program, will be accepting submissions for the Iowa Chapbook Prize from November 1st through January 15th.

The Iowa Chapbook Prize is dedicated to capturing emerging literary voices among undergraduates currently enrolled in colleges or universities in the state of Iowa. We seek original work in any literary genre, with particular attention given to creative nonfiction and cross-genre texts that strike toward new territory, representing fresh perspectives and novel attempts to capture life in the literary.

Selected manuscripts will be included in a limited run series of chapbooks published by students in the University of Iowa’s publishing tracks (through the Certificate in Writing and through English). Writers will receive copies of their chapbooks, the distinction of inclusion in this selective series, and an invitation to the series launch event. Copies of selected chapbooks will be featured at the nationally recognized Prairie Lights Books. 

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. 

The deadline for submissions is January 15th.