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Manuscripts submitted during the fall of 2012 have been or are being returned with their fees. The Whitebird Chapbook Series will no longer be a competition. The publisher and editor will, upon the discovery of an appropriate manuscript, publish another number in the series.

Information below pertained to earlier contests.


The Whitebird Chapbook Series

This chapbook series is named in honor of Joanie Whitebird, founder of Wings Press. As The Texas Observer described her, Joanie was "an old-fashioned fence hater, a wire-cutter, a woman in love with the open road, with open relationships, with open futures fraught with possibilities." We honor her spirit by using this series to introduce new and innovative poetic voices.

The Whitebird Chapbook Series is an open competition. The entries are given two "blind" readings, resulting in ten finalists.These entries are then sent (also "blind") to a well-regarded poet to make the final selection. Past judges have included Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Bonazzi, and Pamela Uschuk.The winning manuscript is announced in April and published in September by Wings Press in an edition limited to 500 numbered and signed copies, of which 100 copies are given to the poet. The chapbooks are printed on fine paper and hand-sewn by the publisher.

The Whitebird Chapbook Contest

As of this year, the Whitebird Chapbook Contest is a biennial contest. THE NEXT READING PERIOD: OCT. 1 - DEC. 31, 2012 • WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED APRIL 2013 • PUBLICATION IN SEPTEMBER 2013

Submission Rules

  1. Submit 20 to 30 pages of poetry, preferably with a thematic orientation rather than a miscellany.
  2. Poems may have been published previously in journals, e-zines, etc.
  3. Do not include your name on any page other than on a separate title page and your cover letter.
  4. Your cover letter should include a short biographical statement, including prior publications.
  5. Include a letter-sized SASE for notification.
  6. Mss are not returned.
  7. Submission fee: $15 (check or money order made out to Wings Press)
  8. Submission address:
    "Whitebird Chapbook Series"
    Wings Press
    627 E. Guenther
    San Antonio, TX 78210

Previous Whitebird Prize Winners