Entries for Subbed In Chapbook Prize close July 1


Entries for The 2018 Subbed In Chapbook Prize close so soon!

The deadline is midnight Sunday 1st July AEST.

We are most interested in work that attacks from the sides; aberrates and mutates, smashes binaries. We're keen on collections of poetry, flash (non/)fiction or a glitched out chimera of modes. 

Please read the guidelines and check out Subbed In's publishing catalogue before deciding if Subbed In is the best fit for your work.

As we are a small publisher — and should your manuscript be accepted for publication — you will be required to participate in opportunities provided to you by Subbed In. This will include reading opportunities, workshop opportunities, further publication opportunities and events. In the past Subbed In has teamed up with City of Sydney, Underbelly Arts Festival, Sweatshop, Unspoken Words, Vivid Ideas, and the National Young Writers' Festival, among others. At the risk of sounding snarky, please don't submit if you are not prepared to develop your work or work on its promotion.

Polish up your weird hearts and glowingly pixelated works of literary goodness, comrades! We can't wait to read your words.

Last year's winners

Here's a book that holds you close and says “it’s okay, things are weird”. Alli's poetry explores what it takes to be in and amongst bodies, to be loving and empathetic in the internet age. Hope glimmers and shakes as Alli entwines tenderness and heartache, surfing dogs and estrogen pills. A debut collection that is instantly loveable; as eviscerating as it is gentle.

This remarkable debut collection pulls apart the threads of liminality and traces their paths across culture, family, and environment. Shah Idil’s experimental sense provides a transformative frame for an uncompromising lyricism, pushing outwards beyond the pages and prodding at the edges of memory and oblivion. Shah Idil’s work is magical and relentless, brimming with love.


Crocker complicates home and family in her debut book, Girls and Buoyant. With sensitivity and wry observation, Crocker explores old suburbs and new loves at the intersections of intimate moments and where late capitalism pokes at our lives. This striking debut poetry collection presents an unflinching examination of life outside the margins of the urbanised middle class.