The Iowa Chapbook Prize

Iowa Chapbook Prize

Each year, the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing--in partnership with the Nonfiction Writing Program--will be accepting submissions for the Iowa Chapbook Prize from November 1st through January 22nd.

A pocket-sized book of only twenty or thirty pages, a chapbook gives a writer a way to present a shorter piece of writing as an independent, coherent, and finished work.

The Iowa Chapbook Prize is dedicated to capturing emerging voices among undergraduates currently enrolled in colleges or universities in the state of Iowa. We seek original work in any literary genre, with particular attention given to creative nonfiction and cross-genre texts that strike toward new territory, representing fresh perspectives and novel attempts to capture life in the literary.

Selected manuscripts will be included in a limited run series of chapbooks published by students in the University of Iowa’s publishing tracks (through the Certificate in Writing and through English). Writers will receive copies of their chapbooks, the distinction of inclusion in this selective series, and an invitation to the series launch event. Copies of selected chapbooks will be featured at the nationally recognized Prairie Lights Books. 

Submissions may be one complete work or a small collection of shorter pieces. Submissions for all genres must be between 10 and 25  pages (max). Please use 12pt Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins; poetry submissions are limited to one poem per page. Files must be uploaded as a single Microsoft Word document or a single .pdf.

To submit, please visit