2017 25/25/25 Chapbook Contest


Sable Books is excited to announce that our 2017 Chapbook Contest is open for submissions. 

Beginning February 1st, you may submit your chapbook-length manuscript. Contest will be open until we have received twenty-five manuscripts.

In the spirit of creating a fair and fun contest that rewards entrants with a one in 25 chance of publication, we are only accepting the first 25 manuscripts we receive. At that point, submissions will be closed. Enter early!

$25 to enter
One in 25 wins
Winner receives 25 copies of their book

How to Submit Your Manuscript

  • Manuscript length limited to chapbook size, or 20-30 pages of poems.
  • No name or identifying information should appear on the manuscript pages or in the file name.
  • Please include a separate document for a cover page that includes poet’s name, contact information, and title of the manuscript.
  • Submit your work as a Word or PDF file to submissions@sablebooks.org. In the subject line, please list your submission as 2017 February Chapbook Contest/Last name, First name. (i.e. 2017 February Chapbook Contest/Hassard, Melissa)
  • Pay fee below at the PayPal link.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
  • Submission period will close when we have received 25 submissions or February 28th whichever comes first.
Submission fee: $25paypal buy-now-with-credit-cards

About Our Judge:  Award-winning poet Tony Medina

Tony Medina is the author/editor of seventeen books for adults and young readers. The first Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University in Washington, DC, Medina’s latest books are I and I, Bob Marley (Lee & Low Books, 2009), My Old Man Was Always on the Lam (NYQ Books, 2010), finalist for The Paterson Poetry Prize, Broke on Ice (Willow Books/Aquarius Press, 2011), An Onion of Wars (Third World Press, 2012), The President Looks Like Me (Just Us Books, 2013), Broke Baroque (2Leaf Press, 2013), and as editor for the anthology Resisting Arrest, (Jacar Press, 2015).  Medina has also been awarded both The Langston Hughes Society Award and the first African Voices Literary Award.

Medina’s listed of published works include: DeShawn Days (Lee & Low Books, 2001), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Random House/Three Rivers Press, 2001), Love to Langston (Lee & Low Books, 2002), Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature & Art (Third World Press, 2002), Committed to Breathing (Third World Press, 2003), and Follow-up Letters to Santa from Kids Who Never Got a Response (Just Us Books, 2003). Featured in the documentaries Nuyorc 1999; A Weigh with Words: An Inside Look At How Words Create Conflict or Compassion; and Furious Flower II: Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition: Roots & First Fruits/Cross-Pollination in the Diaspora/Blooming in the Whirlwind, Medina’s poetry, fiction, essays and book reviews appear in over a hundred publications and two CD compilations.

An advisory editor for Hip Hop Speaks to Children, edited by Nikki Giovanni, his most recent work is featured in the anthologies Poets Against the Killing Field; Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones; Fingernails Across a Chalkboard: A Literary and Artistic View of HIV/AIDS Affecting People of Color, Full Moon on K Street; Let Loose on the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75; and Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS (Third World Press, 2010).