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BCB's Annual
George Drew
Sophomore Chapbook Contest
Jan. 15-May 15, 2024
Open for Submissions
Grand Prize

+12 copies

Bass Clef Books wishes to create further opportunities for poets to enter the next phase of their literary career by offering a Sophomore Chapbook Contest.

Poets who enter this contest must have only one volume of previously published poetry.

​​Send no more than 30 pages of your best original poetry. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word file, 12 point Courier or Times New Roman font.


Please include a cover page with the author's contact information and biography and an acknowledgments page listing previous publications and the press that published the poet's first book.

Bass Clef Books asks for a $15 reading fee to help fund the contest, publication of the winning manuscript and promotion. Part of this fee will go toward publishing the selected chapbook in hardback.


Winner receives $500 dollars and 12 copies.*

We will accept only one entry from a poet. We attain North American First Serial Rights and reserve the right to use part of all publications to promote this press.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but entrants are asked to withdraw immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Manuscript revisions are not permitted after submission unless warranted. We publish in a 5.5 X 8.5 inch format.

We ask that the manuscript does not include multiple tabulation or other nifty formatting--doing so makes publication difficult. We do not accept manuscripts that contain visual art.

Bass Clef Books may consider individual poem(s) from each submitted manuscript to be included in an anthology series which will be published at certain intervals. Publication of these poems may take up to one year.

Winner announced August 1, 2023. Publication of book in Fall 2023.

Submit through Duosuma















Meet the JUDGE

In addition to Hog: A Delta Memoir (Bass Clef Books 2022), George Drew is the author of nine poetry collections, including Pastoral Habits: New and Selected Poems and The View from Jackass Hill, winner of the 2010 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, both from Texas Review Press, Fancy's Orphan, Tiger Bark Press, and Drumming Armageddon, Madville Publishing, 2020. Drew also has published a chapbook, So Many Bones: Poems of Russia. He has a new book of essays titled Just Like Oz (Madville Publishing). His biography appears in Mississippi Poets: A Literary Guide, U. of Mississippi Press, edited by Catherine Savage Brosman. In 2019, Drew collaborated with singer/songwriter Rick Kunz on a CD of original poetry and songs entitled A Triumph of Loneliness, KBW Music.

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