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The 2023 Adrift Chapbook Contest

July 31, 2023, 11:59 PM EDT



–Submissions are open from March 1st 2023 until July 31st 2023.

–Finalists and winner will be announced by Driftwood editors in November 2023.

–The winning chapbook(s) will be published in 2024.


–Poetry only. Prose poetry, experimental poetry, and poetry with a visual component (color images accepted) are all welcome.

–15-40 pages of poetry (this does not include title, section break, or acknowledgement pages). We won’t turn you away if you are a few pages over or under, but please stay close to that limit.

–A standard, 12-point font is preferred. 

–Poems may have been published individually, but not as a collection.

–Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know immediately if the collection has been accepted elsewhere.

–Submit works written in English only, no translations.

–Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

–We read submissions blindly, so please do not include your name, email, or any identifying characteristics on the manuscript itself.

–Base submission cost is $13 USD. 



–The winner will receive $750 dollars and 20 copies of their chapbook.

–A print run of the winning chapbook will be sold on our website, through affiliate bookstores, and will be nationally and internationally distributed by Ingram. 

–The winner will also have the opportunity to be interviewed about their work; the interview will be published in the chapbook following the poems.

–The managing poetry editor may offer a runner-up full publication. If a runner-up is chosen, they will be awarded $350, 20 contributor copies, and the same level of marketing and distribution.

​Guest Judge

Carolyn Hembree’s third collection, For Today, will be published by LSU Press in 2024 as part of their Barataria Series. She is also the author of Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague (Trio House Press, 2016), winner of the 2015 Trio Award and the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, and Skinny (Kore Press, 2012). She received a 2016-2017 ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents and has also received grants and fellowships from PEN, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation. A professor in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans, she was awarded the 2017 International Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. Carolyn serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine. 




July 31, 2023
11:59 PM EDT
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