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Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award

Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award

Map Literary is pleased to announce that the second Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award is now open for submissions. Named after our late colleague, this award honors beautiful, original writing through publication as a high-quality chapbook.


Any manuscript of fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction


Map Literary

The winner will receive a $250.00 honorarium and 25 copies of the winning chapbook, which will be printed and sold on


July 30th, 2016


  • This year the award will focus on prose.
  • Using our Submittable portal, submit a manuscript of fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or prose poetry of about 7,000-12,000 words.
  • The manuscript may be a collection of mixed pieces–short stories, flash fictions, prose poems, essays, or a stand-along excerpt from a longer work–but should be unified by a common theme.
  • We seek new, original work, though individual pieces that have been previously published elsewhere may be included.
  • The deadline for entries is July 30th, 2016. There is no entry fee.
    Map Literary editors will judge. Editors reserve the right to select no winner, or to select multiple winners, depending on the quality of submissions received.
  • Please include a brief bio in the “cover letter” field when you submit.
  • We do not consider work that has previously appeared elsewhere, either in print or on the web.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but expect to be notified in a timely manner if the work has been accepted elsewhere.
  • For fiction and nonfiction, submit one piece at a time for consideration; do not send a second piece until you have received a response to the first. You may, however, submit in more than one genre at a time. For poetry, submit 3-5 poems at a time; please send only one file.
  • We value provocative themes, experimental works, genre confounding, fugue complexities, beautiful syntax, original voices, aesthetic risk-taking, creative research, ethnic hybridity, gorgeous paperweights.
    We despise clichés, gimmicks, SUVs, quick questions, PowerPoint presentations, nuclear arsenals, and talking heads.
  • Thematic cartographers, we want to model today’s ethical, ethnic, and aesthetic realities. We look forward to hearing from you.
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  • Note: We have closed most poetry and fiction submission categories due to high volume; we expect to reopen those categories in the fall after we catch up with responses.


For more information about this competition visit the official webpage of the organizers


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