Annual Chapbook Competition 

THANK YOU to all the authors who submitted for our 2019 prize. Click here for a list of current, and past, winners and runners-up. And to our 2020 hopefuls, we look forward to reading your words.

The Sonder Press Chapbook Competition is held annually and open to new, emerging, and established writers of both short fiction and narrative nonfiction.  Submissions close January 31st of each year and re-open April 1st.  A winner will be selected in March and published in September.  The winner will be awarded publication, $300 cash, and ten printed copies for personal use/distribution. Prizes are awarded upon publication.


Sonder Press reserves the right to forgo selecting a winner if a manuscript of suitable quality cannot be found, upon this circumstance occurring all entry fees shall be refunded. 


All entries will be read blind and judged by our editorial staff. Multiple submissions are permitted, however please do not submit more than three per contest.  We do accept simultaneous submissions, however we ask to be notified immediately if accepted elsewhere.  We consider submissions on a rolling basis, shortlisting prospective winners. If your simultaneous submission is shortlisted, we do request you withdraw it from all other competitions/publications.


Manuscripts may be between 4,000 and 15,000 words.  Pleases include any appropriate front/back matter with your submission. There is an entry fee of $10.

All submissions are via Submittable.


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