The University of Iowa’s Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing is accepting submissions for the fourth annual Iowa Chapbook Prize from November 1st, 2019 through January 28th, 2020.

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. 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. 

Names must NOT appear anywhere on your submission. 

The deadline for submissions is January 28th.

Submissions may be one complete work or a small collection of shorter pieces. Nonfiction submissions must be between 10 and 25  pages (max). Please use 12pt Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins. Files must be uploaded as a single Microsoft Word document or a single .pdf. 

Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission.

NOTE: Individual pieces from your submission may be previously published in any format, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished as a collection.

Submissions may be one complete work or a small collection of shorter pieces. Fiction submissions must be between 10 and 25  pages (max). Please use 12pt Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins. Files must be uploaded as a single Microsoft Word document or a single .pdf. 

Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission.

NOTE: Individual pieces from your submission may be previously published in any format, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished as a collection.

Submissions may be one complete work or a small collection of shorter pieces. Poetry submissions must be between 10 and 25 pages (max), with each new poem beginning on a separate page (meaning if the first poem in a collection spans pages 1 and 2, the third poem must begin on page 3, not at the bottom of page 2). All poems should use 12pt Times New Roman font, and files must be uploaded as a single Microsoft Word document or a single .pdf.”

Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission.

NOTE: Individual pieces from your submission may be previously published in any format, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished as a collection.

Submissions may be one complete work or a small collection of shorter pieces. Manuscripts submitted in the "other" category may include hybrid work, immersive journalism, cross-genre pieces, or other writing-centered projects. All submissions in this category must be between 10 and 25  pages (max). Please use 12pt Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins. Files must be uploaded as a single Microsoft Word document or a single .pdf. 

Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission.

NOTE: Individual pieces from your submission may be previously published in any format, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished as a collection.

Iowa Chapbook Prize