Chapbook Award Guidelines

Deadline: April 30, 2023

Vallum’s Chapbook Series has published work from Bhanu Kapil, Sina Queyras, Nicole Brossard, George Elliott Clarke, Erín Moure, Franz Wright, Fanny Howe, John Kinsella, and many more. Past winners of the Vallum Chapbook Award have won the bpNichol Chapbook Prize, been nominated for the Nelson Ball Prize for poetry of observation, and the Griffin Poetry Prize!


1. The entry fee covers 1 chapbook submission of 12-30 pages.  Do not label your chapbook with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. Please also specify how you heard about the Vallum Chapbook Award.

2. Chapbooks may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published (individual poems appearing in the manuscript that have been published elsewhere are fine).

3. The winning chapbook will receive publication as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series and a $300 prize, plus promotion via social media and website. Selections from the chapbook will also be published in our print and digital magazine.

4. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please email if your work is accepted elsewhere.


Past Winners


1st Prize: PUBLICATION + $300

Selections from the chapbook will also appear in the print and digital magazine.


$25 for Canadian entrants, $30 for U.S. and international entrants. Payments are processed through our Submittable account. Each entry fee includes a free one-year print subscription to Vallum!

Vallum offers a fee waiver to those for whom the entry fee presents a barrier to entry. Email for details.

We do not accept submissions via mail.

Vallum only accepts unsolicited chapbook manuscripts through our annual Chapbook Award contest.

If you have any questions about the submission process or you need to withdraw your submission, please email



Deadline: April 30, 2023


The editors at Vallum strongly encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers, LGBTQI2S+ writers, writers with mental or physical illnesses, and writers who are otherwise affected by structural inequality to submit their work for consideration.