2013 Native Writers Chapbook Series Contest
The Sequoyah National Research Center is pleased to announce the return
of their Poetry Chapbook Award for emerging American Indian writers. One
manuscript will be published annually, and although there is no cash
prize, the writer selected will receive 250 copies of their chapbook to
distribute at will. The winning manuscript will also be archived in
our prestigious Tribal Writers Digital Library.
Guidelines are as follows:
• The Sequoyah Chapbook Award is open to any member of a federally
recognized tribe in the United States. Individual must be either
enrolled as a member of that tribe or accepted by that community as a
• Manuscripts, which need not be Native American in theme or subject
matter, should be between 20 to 36 pages of poems, bound with a clip,
single-spaced, one poem per page, paginated consecutively, with a table
of contents and acknowledgments. Previous journal or magazine
publication (web or print) is encouraged with acknowledgements, but we
will not reprint work that has appeared as a whole in books
(self-published or otherwise).
• A cover letter is required that identifies the writer’s tribal
affiliation and has all contact information, including name, complete
mailing address, email, and phone number. A short bio would also be
• We ask that you not submit manuscript simultaneously to other
publishers or contests; winner will be notified no later than June 15,
• There is no reading fee, and manuscripts will not be read
anonymously. All things being equal, we will select the work of
emerging authors over established ones.
• Please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for confirmation of receipt of your manuscript.
• Manuscript must be postmarked between March 15 and May 1, 2013.
Anything received after that reading period will be returned unread. We
do not accept email submissions. Please mail submission to:
Professor Nickole Brown, Department of English
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR 72204
• Questions should be emailed to Professor Brown at:
lnbrownATualrDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
Again, please do not email poems.