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The 2014 Susan K. Collins / Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest is CLOSED for submissions

The Susan K. Collins Poetry Chapbook Competition annually invites submissions for a chapbook collection of

 poetry to be published by the MWC Press. Submissions must be postmarked between April 1 and September 30.

The winners will be announced online via our website.

Click here to download a copy of the 2014 Susan K. Collins Poetry Chapbook Contest  Brochure

The Midwest Writing Center will be taking submissions to its Susan K. Collins Poetry Chapbook Contest (f/k/a Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest) through September 30. The winning chapbook will be published by MWC Press; the winner will also receive $100 and 15 free copies of the finished chapbook.

The guest judge for the 2014 Susan K. Collins Poetry Chapbook Contest Is NICK STURM. Nick Sturm is the author of several chapbooks, including Labor Day (Forklift, OH) with Carrie Lorig and I Was Not Even Born (Coconut) with Wendy Xu. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior, Typo, jubilat, PEN, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014. A full-length book, How We Light, was published by H_NGM_N in 2013.




-Submit between 16 and 32 pages of poetry; manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip (no staples) or saved in a single document (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf file types only, please).

-No names should appear on the poems. Enclose two cover pages: first includes chapbook title, author’s name, address, phone, and email address; the second includes only the chapbook title to allow for blind review. No cover letter is required; however, if poems have been previously published, an acknowledgment page should be included. Poems may be more than one page in length, but only one poem per page.

-If you are submitting via email, please include chapbook title, author’s name, address, phone number, email address and PayPal transaction number (if applicable) in the body of the email.

-Winner and finalists will be posted online in early 2015. MWC Press will publish and make the winning chapbook available for sale. No manuscripts will be returned—do not send your only copy. Submissions that are delivered ‘postage due’ will be returned unopened.

-Hard Copy Submissions: should be sent directly to the Midwest Writing Center. If you wish to receive written notification of the contest results, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

-Email Submissions: should be emailed to mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org with the phrase “2014 Chapbook Contest Submission” in the subject line.

-All entries that also include (optional) a 6x9 self-addressed envelope with $2.50 in postage will receive a complimentary copy of the winning chapbook.

-Submissions must be postmarked May 1—September 30, 2014

-The winner of the Susan K. Collins Poetry Chapbook Contest will receive $100 prize money, have his/her manuscript published by Midwest Writing Center, and receive 15 free copies of the finished chapbook.

-There is a $15 submission fee per chapbook entry (multiple submissions accepted).

-Methods of Payment: Checks payable to Midwest Writing Center should be mailed along with the manuscript to:

Midwest Writing Center
Susan K. Collins Poetry
Chapbook Contest
225 E. 2nd St., Suite 303
Davenport, IA 52801

Payment accepted via PayPal on the contest’s web page. MasterCard and Visa are also accepted; please send your name as it appears on the card, the card number, expiration date, and v-code along with your manuscript, or call the MWC to make payment over the phone.

-Contact the contest administrators with any questions by emailing mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org with the word “Chapbook Contest” in the subject line, or visit www.midwestwritingcenter.org for contest brochure, online submissions, and complete contest information.




As a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and CLMP's community of independent literary publishers, Midwest Writing Center believes that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, friends, relatives, and/or past or current students of judges have been deemed ineligible to enter this contest, as have past and current board members and employees of the Midwest Writing Center.





MWC is thrilled to announce

the winner of the 2013 Susan K. Collins /

Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest…


Our esteemed judge, Gale Thompson, has selected The Polychrome Clinic by Caroline Crew as the winner of the 2013 Susan K. Collins/Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest.  Congratulations Caroline!


We had a terrific group of manuscripts to read and it was wonderfully difficult to select a group of finalists to send to our judge.  Here is the list of finalists: 


Rachel J. Bennett — Mural Quadrant

Erin M. Bertram — The Salvaging

Jaime Brunton – Opera on TV

Caroline Crew & Chris Emslie — Your Stupid Fortune Gives Me Stupid Hope

T. M. De Vos – Finishing

Iris Jamahl Dunkle — 500 Days

Diane LeBlanc — Sudden Geography

Lesley Ann Wheeler – Misery Diaries


Thank you very much for the opportunity to read your manuscript, and we certainly wish you the best of luck in finding a home for it soon. If you ordered a copy of the winning chapbook, we are hoping that The Polychrome Clinic will be available later this spring and we will be sending copies out as soon as we have them.


We hope you will participate again in future MWC opportunities. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you very much again for the opportunity to read your work, and we look forward to seeing you in print very soon. 



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