The winner of our annual chapbook award receives $500 cash, plus publication in perfect-bound editions. The deadline is in August, winner announced in November, and publication in March the following year.
2019 and 2020 have been delayed due to the pandemic.
2020: Hari B. Khalsa, She Speaks to the Birds at Night While They Sleep
Hari Khalsa earned a B.A. in creative writing from Vermont College in 2005. She has been a fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, and Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in over fifty publications. “I Would Tell You” was selected for The Best of the Web 2009, and Life In Two Parts was a finalist in the 2009 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition. Her collection, Talk of Snow, was published in 2015 by Walrus Books.
2019: Jonathan Jungkans, Beneath a Glazed Shimmer
Jonathan Yungkans is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer whose first poetry chapbook, Colors the Thorns Draw (Desert Willow Press) was released in 2018. His work has appeared in San Pedro Poetry Review, Synkroniciti, West Texas Literary Review and elsewhere. He received an MFA from California State University, Long Beach and currently works as a health-care provider.
Winner receives a $500 Prize and publication in perfect-bound editions. Deadline is in August, winner announced in November, and publication in March the following year.
Deadline to be announced.
Judge to be announced.
Click here to go to Submittable for Tebot Bach’s current calls for submission.
The competition is open to all poets writing in English.
Individual poems in the manuscript previously published in magazines, print or web journals, or anthologies are acceptable, but the work as a whole must be unpublished including self-published books.
Entries of 24–32 pages of original poetry in English must be submitted by the deadline via Submittable. Please do not include acknowledgements, or any identifying information anywhere in the manuscript.
1. Title page
2. Table of Contents
3. Collection of poems
Items 1 and 2 are not included in the page count noted above.
Manuscripts must be previously unpublished.
Translations and multi-authored collections are not eligible.
Past and current students and employees of the Loyola Marymount University are not eligible. Past and current volunteers and employees of Tebot Bach are not eligible. Poets who have studied with the judge in more than two workshop settings are not eligible.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Tebot Bach must be notified immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.