Chapbook Contest

  Intransitive Verb


       :  to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

       :  to leave the nest after acquiring such feathers

                   Submission Window:   CLOSED
Submission Window Opening September 1st - September 30th, 2022



2015     Erika Moss Gordon for Phases

             Kathleen Willard for Cirque & Sky



2017     Tony Burfield for Sawhorse

2018     Mara Adamitz Scrupe for a daughter's aubade (sailing out from Sognefjord)

2019     E. A. Lechleitner for Catchments

2020     Amy Wray Irish for Breathing Fire

2021     Ashley Howell Bunn for In Coming Light

The Fledge Chapbook Contest seeks to award poets who are yet unpublished or who have published no more than one full length book of poetry (chapbooks excluded) with the publication of a chapbook of their work. Our intention is as much to increase the poets readership as it is to add another feather to their developing wings and flight skills.


We seek to promote a body of work which reflects any sphere of what we consider Human Ecology, the human experience of living, celebrating and even struggling with life and nature. This may include everything from our built habitats the nature of the self or ontology, poems which express or seek understanding of one's place or participation in the world at large especially concerning natural elements and living systems, as well as our found and br found and uilt environments of urbanity, culture, and relationship.

A $15 Reading Fee must accompany each manuscript submission. 


Authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication will have the opportunity to enter into a publishing contract making them eligible for 5 free author copies of the work, generous percentage of royalties on future retail sales, highly discounted author copies and the waving of any initial publishing fees or costs.


All submissions must be received no sooner than the submission window opening date and no later than midnight of the closing date.

We are seeking manuscripts as close to 40 pages as possible. Manuscripts with fewer pages will be considered, as well as those with slightly more. This is not a point that would eliminate a submission, merely a note as to what we are hoping for. Thank you.

Manuscripts must meet the following minimum requirements:

Original works, not exceeding 40 pages (including title pages, table of contents, author bio or acknowledgment pages). Please acknowledge any previous publication of individual poems or any source material quoted.


Submit a file titled with the words "FLEDGE SUB: (title of your ms)" as a Word or MS Word or PDF file.


In English, to include translated works, bilingual or multilingual script.


In a simple, common fornt, with a preference for Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Tahoma or Verdana set at either 12 or 14 pt.


Without images, drawings or other non-textual art (aside from dashes or common keyboard / separating symbols). Artwork for covers etc will be discussed later. 


With prior written consent, submission of a manuscript may be made via email and a payment of the Reading Fee may be made through PayPal using our contact email address of editor@middlecreekpublishing.com and "Reading Fee" as a heading) or a check or money order made out to Middle Creek Publishing & Audio and mailed to 9167 Pueblo Mountain Park Road, Beulah CO. 81023. Check or money order must be received before manuscript will be considered and must arrive by end of contest submission deadline (although we will most likely generously grant a three day mailing grace-period at our discretion.) Any submissions of manuscripts or payment pre-authorized by written consent received after the contest deadline will be subject to refusal and returned.

Unsolicited manuscripts submitted via email will be subject to refusal and discard.  Unauthorized Payments will be gratefully be considered donations to the sustainability of our small, independent press.