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 Bhanu Kapil.
Bhanu Kapil writes  beneath, across and near British, Indian and American spaces. She works  out the problems and questions in her books through performance, to  which she never then returns. Her most recent full-length collection,  Ban en Banlieue, was published in 2016 by Nightboat Books.

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 nonfiction chapbook upon publication.
Submit here 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 Bhanu Kapil.
Bhanu Kapil writes  beneath, across and near British, Indian and American spaces. She works  out the problems and questions in her books through performance, to  which she never then returns. Her most recent full-length collection,  Ban en Banlieue, was published in 2016 by Nightboat Books.

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 nonfiction chapbook upon publication.
Submit here 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 Myriam Gurba.

Myriam Gurba is a  high school teacher, writer, podcaster and artist who lives in Long  Beach, California. Her most recent book, the true crime memoir Mean, was  a New York Times editors’ choice. Publishers Weekly describes her as a  “literary voice like none other.” Gurba co-hosts  the AskBiGrlz advice podcast with cartoonist, and fellow biracialist,  MariNaomi. Her collage and digital artwork has been shown in museums,  galleries, and community centers.

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 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 Myriam Gurba.

Myriam Gurba is a  high school teacher, writer, podcaster and artist who lives in Long  Beach, California. Her most recent book, the true crime memoir Mean, was  a New York Times editors’ choice. Publishers Weekly describes her as a  “literary voice like none other.” Gurba co-hosts  the AskBiGrlz advice podcast with cartoonist, and fellow biracialist,  MariNaomi. Her collage and digital artwork has been shown in museums,  galleries, and community centers.

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 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 Diana Khoi Nguyen.

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection, Ghost Of  (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open  Contest. In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review  Poetry Contest and 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award, L.A. Times Book  Prize, and Colorado Book Award. A Kundiman fellow, she currently  teaches in the Randolph College MFA and Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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 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 Diana Khoi Nguyen.

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection, Ghost Of  (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open  Contest. In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review  Poetry Contest and 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award, L.A. Times Book  Prize, and Colorado Book Award. A Kundiman fellow, she currently  teaches in the Randolph College MFA and Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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 if your mailing address is in the United States or Canada.

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