For this contest, NDR seeks manuscripts of 20-40 pages. We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, in addition to cross- and a-genre work. We’re particularly interested in works that push against traditional understandings of literature and art, of their capacities. Our Seventh Annual Chapbook Competition is judged by the amazingly talented Chen Chen, whose work is a testament to the radical “possibilities” of poetry.

Judge: Chen Chen
 $250, publication, and 25 author copies
January 10, 2018
Entry Fee
$17 ($8 from December 26-January 2) 

Submit here!

Additional Submission Guidelines

  • All entries must be previously unpublished and original work of the entrant.
  • All submissions require a $17 ($8 from December 26-January 2) entry fee and must be entered through Submittable.
  • Manuscripts should be 20-40 pages in length and should include a title page with contact information.
  • Multiple submissions require separate entry fees.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome on the condition that you notify us of an acceptance as soon as possible.
  • Submissions will first be reviewed by our staff before finalists are passed on to our judge.
  • Family, friends, and previous students of the judge are ineligible for participation in the contest. Current students and faculty of LSU are ineligible.

About this year’s judge:

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Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and was longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry. Chen’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including PoetryThe New York Times Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. Currently, he is the recipient of a J.T. and Margaret Talkington fellowship, pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. With Sam Herschel Wein, he edits the journal Underblong. For more, visit

(photo by Jess Chen)

About last year’s winning chapbook and author:

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Dorothy Chan was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship and 2017 finalist for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in BlackbirdPlumeThe JournalSpillwayLittle Patuxent Review, and The McNeese Review. She is the Assistant Editor of The Southeast Review. Visit her website at

Douglas Kearney selected her chapbook, Chinatown Sonnets, as the winner of our Sixth Annual Chapbook Contest. Also, be on the lookout for her debut full-length collection, Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold, which will be published by Spork Press in March 2018.

Read an interview with Dorothy Chan and four poems from Chinatown Sonnets in our current issue. Also, check out these reviews from Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Asian Review of Books and The Common.

See a list of our past winners and judges here.