Coal Hill Review is interested in a wide range of poetry. We ask that all submissions come through our annual contest. Please review our previous issues, our mission statement, and the guidelines carefully before submitting.
2013 Chapbook Competition Guidelines:
- We ask that all poetry submissions to Coal Hill Review come through our annual contest.
- Manuscripts, submitted through our email address reviewcoalhill(at)gmail.com, or through the U.S. Mail, will be accepted August 1 to November 1, and the competition is open to all poets writing in English.
- The submission fee of $20 may be paid through our PayPal account or by check or money order made out to Autumn House Press. Submission should consist of 10-15 pages, either a long poem or a group of poems.
- If poems have been previously published, acknowledgments should be included with the submission.
- The winning chapbook will be published electronically as part of our Spring issue of Coal Hill Review, and as an edition of 200 paper copies available through Autumn House Press. In addition, the poet will receive $1,000.
- All finalists will be considered for publication in Coal Hill Review and Kestrel Magazine.
- The final judge for the competition will be Michael Simms, founder and editor-in-chief of Autumn House Press.
- Manuscripts may be submitted by attachment to our email address reviewcoalhill(at)gmail.com, or sent by U.S. mail to this address: Autumn House Press, P.O. 60100, Pittsburgh PA 15211.
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Winners of the Coal Hill Chapbook Contest:
2008 The Ghetto Exorcist by James Tyner
2009 Shake It and It Snows by Gailmarie Pahmeier
2010 Shelter by Gigi Marks
2011 Bathhouse Betty by Matthew Terhune
2012 Rooms of the Living by Paul Martin (co-winner)
2012 Prayers of an American Wife by Victoria Kelly (co-winner)
Special Edition Chapbooks:
Crossing Laurel Run by Maxwell King
Irish Coffee by Jay Carson
The editors of Coal Hill Review and Autumn House Press endorse and adhere to the CLMP Code of Ethics:
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:
- conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
- provide clear and specific contest guidelines – - defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
- make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.
This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.
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