National Chapbook Competition
Pecan Grove Press conducts a National Chapbook Competition annually. The deadline for the competition is January 15, 2011, and the winning chapbook will be published in summer, 2011.  All PGP chapbooks will be perfect bound and professionally printed with full color covers.

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The Pecan Grove Press National Chapbook Competition has produced fine small and cohesive books by poets from all over the country and, while it was on hiatus for a few years, has recently come back with fine books by Fancine Witte and Susana H. Case.

Some recent chapbooks at only $6 each (if ordered while entering the competion):

Wendy Barker's Between Frames
Tim Myers's That Mass at Which the Tongue Is Celebrant
Vince Gotera's Fighting Kite
Paricia Fargnoli's Small Songs of Pain
Jill Alexander Essbaum's Oh Forbidden
Catherine Kasper's    A Gradual Disappearance of Insects

Francine Witte's First Rain


Angela Consolo Mankiewicz's An Eye





You may pay your Pecan Grove Press National Chapbook Competition entry fee of $15 here:


  • Chapbook manuscripts should be between 24 and 40 pages long.
  • The poems should work together as if they were paintings in an exhibition.
  • Individual poems within the manucript may have been published in literary magazines, but may not have been published together as a book or chapbook.
  • Manuscripts MUST be submitted through PGP's on-line submission manager.
  • Please submit your non-refundable entry fee of $15 via PayPal. If you do not have access to PayPal, you may mail the entry fee separately to Pecan Grove Press, St. Mary's University, Box AL, 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228.
  • If the manuscript is simultaneously submitted and subsequently wins another chapbook competition or is accepted for publication by another press, the entry fee will not be refunded.
  • The poet must own the copyright to the poems in the work or be able to secure permission to reprint any copyrighted poem included.
  • Notifications will be made via email.

Note: PGP will only accept submissions for the competition through the on-line submission manager. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Chapbooks from Pecan Grove Press are professionally printed with index stock covers. All chapbooks are perfect bound. The poet with the winning chapbook submission will receive $250.00 plus 10 copies of the chapbook. Additional copies may be purchased at 40% off list price.

While we recommend reading (and purchasing) a PGP chapbook, that is not a requirement.  You can see a list of all our books by visiting

Poets entering the PGP National Chapbook Competitions may order any of the press's books or chapbooks at the time they send their entries at the prices listed to the left and below.  All other PGP books may be ordered at a $2 discount with submission and payment of the entry fee. We recommend purchasing via PayPal. See lower left corner of this web page for a PayPal connection.

Our 2010 National Chapbook competition winner: Susana H. Case's The Cost of Heat (Available on August 30, 2010).


Janet McCann's Emily's Dress
Gwyn McVay's This Natural History(SS)
Ron Mohring's Beneficence (SS)
Carol Reposa's The Green Room(SS)

The chapbooks above are on sale for $5.  The ones marked (SS) are older and are saddlestitched. All other are perfect bound.  For a discussion of chapbooks, please visit On Chapbooks and Books by H. Palmer Hall.


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