The Diagram 2014 Chapbook Competition

The Diagram issue 14.1
The Diagram issue 14.1

The Diagram has been a long-standing favourite literary magazine of mine, and holds an annual chapbook competition. Some submission guidelines for this chapbook competition are below; click here for the full scoop.

The Diagram – Some Recommended Reading to Begin With

So, This is Drink – Sean Lovelace, Diagram 6.6

3 Poems – Juliet Patterson, Diagram 4.4

Lumberjacks – Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Diagram 12.5

Dream of the Rude – Gregg Murray, Diagram 9.2

Variation 1: The Architecture of Mourning – Sophie Klahr, Diagram 9.2

Chapbook Competition Details

The Prize
$1000 plus publication; finalist chapbooks also considered for publication (in 2012 we published six; in 2013, three)
The Entry Fee
The Mailing Deadline
April 04, 2014
What we want
Interesting, lovely unpublished work (unpublished as a whole; individual pieces may be published already of course), prose or poetry or some combination or something between genres, 18-44 manuscript pages (no more than one poem per page if you’re sending poems unless they are very, very short)
Images okay?
Yes. You must be able to obtain reprint rights for any images you include, unless they’re in the public domain or qualify under the exemption for fair use. We do prefer images be in low-res for the manuscript to keep file size down (the submissions manager maxes out at around 9 meg), but we’ll need high-res versions if your manuscript is selected for publication. ALSO: please don’t send originals of anything, since we cannot return manuscripts.
Other questions?
It’s fine with us if individual works have been published elsewhere, but the manuscript can’t have been published as a whole before. Please include specific acknowledgments if any of the works have appeared elsewhere: tell us where individual pieces appeared, as we do consider submitted and unpublished individual pieces for possible publication in DIAGRAM.We recommend that your manuscript be as coherent–as much a project–as possible. Not to say everything needs to be thematic or narratively related, but most of our winning chapbooks have a feeling of aesthetic unity or resonance: we think books should make sense as books. Chapbook manuscripts do not necessarily have to be diagrammatic (though the diagrammers among us do enjoy those).Co-authored manuscripts are fine.Submitting multiple manuscripts is fine with entry fees for each.Please don’t put your name/identifying info on the piece itself. If you send electronically, it’ll be in the submitter info only. If you send via the mail, include a detachable cover page.Email nmp–at– with further questions if you have them.

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