2018 Chapbook Series
Thank you for your support! <3
9/13/18 UPDATE: WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW!
As 2018 comes to a close, we've changed a few parts of our yearly chapbook contest. For starts, Bob Sykora has joined the N!P team, helping Christopher run things this year! We extended our flash submission window up to 72 hours, and were excited to see 135 submissions hit our inbox.
As usual, this page will be our central hub to share updates in regards to this year's contest / publishing production, but Christopher has also started a N! Tavern series exploring under-the-hood details of how we're running this (plus thoughts from Bob!).
Like last year, winners will be distributed online + taken across country with our traveling bookstore, Books & Shovels. Thru 2017, we hit the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Death Rattle Lit Fest, supported + coordinated a fundraiser w. No Más Muertes that was followed by another fundraiser for Tucson activist organization Flowers & Bullets. We took our chapbooks from Tucson to Detroit to Milwaukee to Minneapolis & St. Paul, & back down to Kansas City. We hit Cincinnati rooftops, St. Louis bus stations, & the Legit AF Michigan City Poetry Festival coordinated by Punk Hostage Press. We zigged, zagged, & zigged them again—& now—we're here, back between the Bay, Tucson, & Chicago, writing to you with gratitude for the trust y'all have put in Nostrovia!'s 4th Chapbook Contest <3
With all the above travels listed, it's important to mention our publications are distributed thru a 'pay-what-you-can' rate to better provide an accessible amp for our authors + avoid distributing good lit thru economically exclusive means.
& huge shout out to Craig Mullins of Bottlecap Press joining up with us again to print <3
Nostrovia! is thrilled to announce our three winners for the 2018 Chapbook Contest (!) :
Stephen Furlong received his M.A in English from Southeast Missouri State University. His poetry, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in Yes, Poetry, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Pine Hills Review, among others. He currently works at FIVE:2:ONE as a staff reviewer and can be found @StephenJFurlong on Twitter.
Lydia Havens is a poet, performer and organizer originally from Tucson, Arizona. Their work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry, among others. They are the author of Survive Like the Water (Rising Phoenix Press, 2017), and the self-published chapbooks Eight of Resilience and peony summer (2018). Lydia is currently a second-year undergraduate at Boise State University, and one of the main organizers of the Boise Poetry Slam.
Laura Villareal earned her MFA from Rutgers University-Newark. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Palette Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships Key West Literary Seminar and The Highlights Foundation. More of her writing can be found at: www.lauravillareal.com
FINALISTS + honorable mentions
These are not listed in any particular order. We have a lot of love for everyone here <3
& be sure to check our Featured Finalist page to read a piece from each of these chapbooks!
- Lucas Bailor - Rosed
- sally burnette - treatment
- Troy Kody Cunio - The Summer We Lost
- Marlin Figgins - Prayers Before the Moon
- Samuel J Fox - There's a Universe Next Door
- Tyler Friend - U
- Stephen Furlong - What Loss Taught Me
- Lydia Havens - I Gave Birth to All the Ghosts Here
- Dena Igusti - Growth Response
- Laura Villareal - The Cartography of Sleep
- Cassandra de Alba - The Animals
- E. Kristin Anderson - UPRIGHT AND EVIL
- Chris Corlew - LAKE FRAGMENTS
- Christine Higgins - Hello, Darling
- Jessie Janeshek - Channel U
- Jenny MacBain-Stephens - The Female Citizens of Sunshine Nation Face off with Light Sucking Demons
- Adrian Sobol - MEDIOCRITY BLUES
- Letitia Trent - The Ghost Comes With Me
- Roy White - Impossible Flower