Featured Contest

Haiku Chapbook

Backbone Press has been publishing diversely since 2012. We debut and support writers who are considered marginalized voices and whose work may not be published elsewhere & publications that engage us in broader cultural conversations. This fall, we are pleased to announce the Backbone Press Haiku Chapbook Contest. Haiku poet and scholar Michael Dylan Welch will judge the contest. The winning manuscript will receive a prize of $1oo plus publication. We consider haiku to be cultural writing so haiku poets of all levels and backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Best of luck!

Submissions & Guidelines

Entries will be accepted September 1st- October 20th from authors within the United States and International authors writing in the English language. Using our submissions form, please submit chapbook-length manuscripts, (18-30) pages with no more than (1 to 2) haiku per page. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are okay but, please inform us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. The entry fee is $20.oo per manuscript submittable via our submissions form.

About the Judge:

Michael Dylan Welch has been investigating haiku since 1976. He started Press Here, his press devoted mostly to haiku books, in 1989, edited Woodnotes haiku journal from 1989 to 1997, cofounded the Haiku North America conference in 1991, cofounded the American Haiku Archives in 1996, founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000, and founded National Haiku Writing Month (www.nahaiwrimo.com) in 2010. He’s served two terms as poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, where he’s also curated SoulFood Poetry Night every month since 2006, and serves as president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. His personal website, devoted mostly to haiku, is www.graceguts.com. Michael writes and publishes haiku, tanka, longer poetry, fiction, and translations, and lives with his wife and two children in Sammamish, Washington.