For more information and guidelines for the Gold Line annual chapbook competition, please refer to the contest page on our website here: http://dornsife.usc.edu/goldlinepress/contest

If Ricochet has a call for submissions, you should find the appropriate information below.

Submit your NONFICTION manuscript of 7,500-15,000 words here. 

This year's nonfiction contest will be judged by Hanif Abdurraqib and Eve L. Ewing.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released by Button Poetry in 2016, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was released to critical acclaim in November 2017 by Two Dollar Radio. His next projects are Go Ahead In The Rain, a book on A Tribe Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No Mo', due out from Random House in 2020.

Eve L. Ewing is the author of Electric Arches,  which received awards from the American Library Association and the  Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by  NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is also author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side (forthcoming October 2018) and the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, the Indiana Review, Tin House, The Adroit Journal, and many other venues.

We seek works of nonfiction that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: short or long form essays or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design. Excerpts of essay collections will not be considered unless they form a sustained and individual project in their foreshortened form. 

Manuscripts should be paginated with a table of contents at the beginning, unless the form of the book does not warrant it. Please include a cover page with title of manuscript only. No identifying material should appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Your identifying information will be available to us via our submission manager when needed.

All entrants will receive a copy of the winning fiction chapbook upon publication.

Submit here by AUGUST 1, 2018 if your mailing address is in the United States or Canada.

Submit your NONFICTION manuscript of 7,500-15,000 words here.

This year's nonfiction contest will be judged by Hanif Abdurraqib and Eve L. Ewing.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released by Button Poetry in 2016, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was released to critical acclaim in November 2017 by Two Dollar Radio. His next projects are Go Ahead In The Rain, a book on A Tribe Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No Mo', due out from Random House in 2020.

Eve L. Ewing is the author of Electric Arches,  which received awards from the American Library Association and the  Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by  NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is also author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side (forthcoming October 2018) and the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, the Indiana Review, Tin House, The Adroit Journal, and many other venues.

We seek works of nonfiction that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: short or long form essays or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design. Excerpts of essay collections will not be considered unless they form a sustained and individual project in their foreshortened form.

Manuscripts should be paginated with a table of contents at the beginning, unless the form of the book does not warrant it. Please include a cover page with title of manuscript only. No identifying material should appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Your identifying information will be available to us via our submission manager when needed.

All entrants will receive a copy of the winning fiction chapbook upon publication.
Submit here by AUGUST 1, 2018 if your mailing address is in the United States or Canada.

Submit your FICTION manuscript of 7,500-15,000 words here.

This year's fiction judge is Dodie Bellamy. Since  the early 80s, Dodie Bellamy has been an active member of San Francisco's literary avant-garde, and is one of the original practitioners of New Narrative. She specializes in genre-bending work that focuses on feminism, sexuality, cultural  artifacts both high and low, and all things queer. She champions the vulnerable, the fractured, the disenfranchized, the fucked-up. She is the author of Letters to Mina Harker, The Buddhist, Cunt Norton, The Barf Manifesto, When the Sick Rule the World and many other books

We seek works of fiction that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: novellas, long short stories, carefully curated collections of vignettes or short short stories, or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design. Excerpts of novels or short story collections will not be considered unless they form a sustained and individual project in their foreshortened form.

Manuscripts should be paginated with a table of contents at the beginning, unless the form of the book does not warrant it. Please include a cover page with title of manuscript only. No identifying material should appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Your identifying information will be available to us via our submission manager when needed.

All entrants will receive a copy of the winning fiction chapbook upon publication.
Submit here by AUGUST 1, 2018 if your mailing address is in the United States or Canada.

Submit your FICTION manuscript of 7,500-15,000 words here.

This year's fiction judge is Dodie Bellamy. Since  the early 80s, Dodie Bellamy has been an active member of San Francisco's literary avant-garde, and is one of the original practitioners of New Narrative. She specializes in genre-bending work that focuses on feminism, sexuality, cultural  artifacts both high and low, and all things queer. She champions the vulnerable, the fractured, the disenfranchized, the fucked-up. She is the author of Letters to Mina Harker, The Buddhist, Cunt Norton, The Barf Manifesto, When the Sick Rule the World and many other books

We seek works of fiction that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: novellas, long short stories, carefully curated collections of vignettes or short short stories, or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design. Excerpts of novels or short story collections will not be considered unless they form a sustained and individual project in their foreshortened form.

Manuscripts should be paginated with a table of contents at the beginning, unless the form of the book does not warrant it. Please include a cover page with title of manuscript only. No identifying material should appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Your identifying information will be available to us via our submission manager when needed.

All entrants will receive a copy of the winning fiction chapbook upon publication.
Submit here by AUGUST 1, 2018 if your mailing address is not in the United States or Canada. The higher submission fee reflects higher mailing costs to your area.

Submit your POETRY manuscript of 20-30 pages here.   


This year's judge is Tongo Eisen-Martin. Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and  educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial  killing of Black people throughout the United States. His latest  curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide  Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout  the country. His poems have been published in Harper’s Magazine and the  New York Times Magazine. His book of poems titled, "Someone's Dead  Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book  "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets  series, won the California Book Award and is currently shortlisted for  the upcoming Griffin Poetry Prize.


We recommend that manuscripts be cohesive and self-contained in the chapbook length.  
Manuscripts should be paginated with a table of contents at the beginning, unless the form of the book does not warrant it. Please include a cover page with title of manuscript only--no identifying material should appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Your identifying information will be available to us via our submission manager when needed. Do not include an acknowledgements page.  

All entrants will receive a copy of the winning poetry chapbook upon publication.  

Submit here by AUGUST 1, 2018 if your mailing address is NOT in the United States or Canada. The higher submission fee reflects higher mailing costs to your area.

Submit your POETRY manuscript of 20-30 pages here.   

This year's poetry judge is Tongo Eisen-Martin. Originally  from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and  educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial  killing of Black people throughout the United States. His latest  curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide  Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout  the country. His poems have been published in Harper’s Magazine and the  New York Times Magazine. His book of poems titled, "Someone's Dead  Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book  "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets  series, won the California Book Award and is currently shortlisted for  the upcoming Griffin Poetry Prize.


We recommend that manuscripts be cohesive and self-contained in the chapbook length.  
Manuscripts should be paginated with a table of contents at the beginning, unless the form of the book does not warrant it. Please include a cover page with title of manuscript only--no identifying material should appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Your identifying information will be available to us via our submission manager when needed. Do not include an acknowledgements page.  

All entrants will receive a copy of the winning poetry chapbook upon publication.  

Submit here by AUGUST 1, 2018 if your mailing address is in the United States or Canada.