Verse publishes chapbook-length (20-40 pages) portfolios in any genre or combination of genres--poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translations, criticism, interviews, images, etc.
Verse administers the Tomaž Šalamun Prize, a chapbook contest.
Our recent print editions include novel excerpts by Alissa Nutting and Timothy Liu, prose by Georg Trakl, an interview with Eileen Myles, and poetry and hybrid work by James Tate, Lynn Melnick, Brian Teare, Natalie Eilbert, and others.
Verse pays $10/page, $250 minimum.
$500 + chapbook published by Factory Hollow Press + one-month residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Judge: Matthew Zapruder
The Tomaž Šalamun Prize is open to poets at any stage of their career. Previous publication is neither a requirement nor a restriction. You can enter if you've published no books or 100 books.
Translations into English are acceptable if the author is still living and has given written permission.
Prose poetry and hybrid forms are also acceptable.
The winning chapbook will be published by Factory Hollow Press in Amherst, MA.
The prize winner will receive $500, 10 free copies of their chapbook, and a free one-month residency at the Tomaž Šalamun Center for Poetry in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
If a translation wins the prize, the translator will receive $500, 10 copies of the chapbook, and the residency.
Individual pieces in the chapbook may have been published in print and/or online journals, but the chapbook itself must be previously unpublished.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your submission immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
Matthew Zapruder will judge the 2017 prize. Current/former students and close friends of the judge are not eligible. (If in doubt about your eligibility, query email@example.com.)
Entry fee: $12
Deadline: July 15, 2017
Requirements: Send a chapbook of 18-28 pages (total length including title page, optional table of contents, optional acknowledgments/notes). Do not include your name anywhere on your submission. (Manuscripts will be read blind.) Your name should be listed only in the required fields in Submittable. Acknowledgments are permitted, but not required. Acknowledgments, notes, and dedications should not contain any identifying information. Your submission must be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
Contest Process: 1st round: all manuscripts will be read blind, and up to 40 portfolios will be selected as semi-finalists / 2nd round: up to 10 finalists will be selected / 3rd round: finalists' manuscripts will be read blind by the judge, who will select the winner
About the residency: The apartment at the Tomaž Šalamun Center for Poetry has been reserved for the winner of the 2017 Tomaž Šalamun Prize from May 25 to June 25, 2018. Because the apartment is also used by other organizations, alternative dates are not possible. The winner is not required to travel to Slovenia or to accept the residency. (If the winner cannot accept the residency, their chapbook still will be published and they still will receive the $500 prize.) There is no additional payment if the winner does not use the apartment or accept the residency. The residency includes the free apartment, but does not include travel expenses or meals. The apartment is located at Cankarjeva 5 in downtown Ljubljana. It has a kitchen and its own bathroom. The winner may bring a partner or child with them. The apartment and residency are managed by the Tomaž Šalamun Center for Poetry and JSKD in Ljubljana (the editors of Verse and Factory Hollow Press are not directly involved with the management of the apartment).
Volume 33, Numbers 1-3
13 portfolios by James Tate, Lynn Melnick, Catherine Taylor, Felicia Zamora, E.C. Belli, Dan Ivec, Michelle Murphy, Keith Jones, Todd Melicker, Gabrielle Hovendon, Alex Stolis, Bradley Fest, and Beth Marzoni