Chapbook Submissions:The Poet's Haven will be open to unsolicited chapbook manuscripts from March 13th through May 13th, to be considered for publication
in The Poet's Haven Author Series.
Manuscripts should be between 28 and 40 pages
in length NOT COUNTING title, copyright, dedication, or table of
contents pages. Manuscripts containing full-color artwork may be
shorter, 20 to 24 pages. One page can fit approximately 30 lines of poetry or 325 words of prose.
If you have original artwork to be used as the cover, please submit it
as well. Slightly longer manuscripts will be considered, however, any
manuscript longer than 72 pages will be rejected automatically unless
the publisher gives prior approval before submission.
BOOK FORMAT: The
Poet’s Haven Author Series chapbooks will be published in a “pocket
size” as often as possible, measuring 4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall. The books
are saddle-stitched (aka stapled) and typically run 32, 36, 40, or 44 pages in
length, including title and copyright pages. A full-color, cardstock
cover will adorn the books. Changes to the dimensions and page count
will be considered on a case-by-case basis when the material calls for
it. The cover price will be $6, subject to change with any increase in
production costs (paper prices, etc.) or when a particular title's
design requires a different price point.
The chapbooks will be kept in print for a period not less than 24
months. After 24 months, authors will be contacted before additional
copies of the chapbook will be printed.
PAYMENT FOR PUBLICATION:
Authors will receive 25% of all printed copies. That breaks down like
this: If the first print run is 80 copies, 20 of them go to the author.
If the first print run sells out and a second print run of 40 copies is
produced, the author will receive 10 of them. If the author wants/needs
to acquire additional copies, they can do so at a 50% discount.
WHAT IS THE POET’S HAVEN LOOKING FOR?:
A collection of your poems centered on a theme, a collection of work
from a certain era of your life, a series of poems that tell a narrative
story... These are just a few general ideas. Also, the Author Series is
not limited to poetry chapbooks. We’re interested in publishing short story collections,
novellas, books of art, and more. If you can create it, we will consider it. Contact the publisher if you wish to propose
an Author Series publication that cannot be submitted as a Word DOC.
WHO IS THE POET’S HAVEN LOOKING FOR?:
The Poet’s Haven has always taken pride in being open to both newcomers
and seasoned pros. That said, for legal reasons, chapbook authors must
be at least 18 years of age or have a parent/guardian involved in the
process from submission to publication.
A NOTE ABOUT PAGE COUNT:
Several authors have commented that other publishers consider a 40 page
collection to be a full-length book, not a chapbook. At The Poet’s
Haven, we consider a full-length collection to be no less than 96 pages.
That said, since many authors are used to submitting manuscripts of 20
pages or less to other publishers, we offer this idea: two 20-page
collections from the same author together as a flip-book.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please log in to Submittable and withdraw your submission if your manuscript is accepted by another press.
Due to volume and real-world occurrences, it may take longer than 12
months for decisions to be reached regarding all submitted manuscripts.
PLEASE NOTE: This call will close on MAY 13, 2017. It will not be extended.