We are currently closed to submissions, but will reopen in November! In the meantime, check out Pontoon Poetry for poems from our last chapbook competition.

Floating Bridge Press’s Poetry Chapbook Competition began in 1995 with the publication of Joannie Kervran’s A Steady Longing for Flight. Our annual competition is an open competition for Washington State poets in which manuscripts are judged anonymously.

The winning poet receives a minimum of $500, 15 copies of a perfect-bound, archival-quality chapbook, local promotion, distribution of the chapbook, and a featured reading in the Seattle area. Three or four finalists receive $50 each and are also featured at the winner’s reading. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 we published 2 finalist’s chapbooks along with the winning chapbook.

All entrants are considered for inclusion in Pontoon Poetry and receive a copy of the winning chapbook.  All poems chosen for Pontoon Poetry are considered for the Paula Jones Gardiner Memorial Award.

Stay tuned for updates on Twitter and Facebook.  We look forward to reading your work!


General Guidelines

Floating Bridge Press reads manuscripts for our Chapbook Competition from November 1st to March 15th.  Here are a few guidelines to make your job (and let’s be honest, our job) a little easier:

  • We read and judge all submissions anonymously, so please make sure not to include your name or any identifying information in your manuscript.  We also don’t need a bio or acknowledgements of publication with your submission, so save yourself some time and leave them off this submission.
  • We accept manuscripts from Washington State (USA) residents only.
  • Our reading fee is $13.00 and includes a copy of the winning chapbook, however, if this is prohibitive to you, please email us at editor@floatingbridgepress.org and we will make sure you are able to submit.
  • Simultaneous submissions are cool with us, but please withdraw your manuscript should it find a home elsewhere (we will celebrate with you)! Individual poems may have been previously published.
  • We accept chapbook manuscripts of 20-30 pages of poetry.
  • Please include a title page (make sure to leave your name off of this) and a paginated table of contents.  The editors prefer 12 point font, if you are interested in making us smile.
  • File formats we accept are: text files (.txt), Microsoft Word files (.doc or .docx), and Adobe PDF files (.pdf). Name your file with the first few words of your manuscript’s title.

We look forward to reading your work! Every poem will be considered for inclusion in our sister publication Pontoon Poetry and for the Paula Jones Gardiner Memorial Award.

Thanks for trusting us with your work!

-The Editors