Encircle Publications is home to the esteemed New England poetry journal, the Aurorean (over 1,300 poets published worldwide since 1995), and its alter-ego poetry broadsheet the Unrorean. Submissions to both open at all times.

Since 2011, Encircle Publications has offered its Annual Chapbook Contest. Winning manuscript each year is published in a high-quality print chapbook. Winner now receives $250 and 25 copies. Submissions welcome year-round with a deadline of 9/1 for December publication.

Encircle Publications now offers two biannual reading periods each for other chapbook manuscript submissions. Submissions open from January–April and July–October for two publications per year.

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$ 20.00
Entries received now through 9/1/16 will be considered for this calendar year's Contest.

*Guidelines must be followed precisely*. $20 entry fee is non-refundable. Entry fee must be paid through Submittable no later than September 1 each year; entry fees received after September 1 will automatically roll over to the following year’s contest. Your e-mail address must be entered at time of payment.  

Specific Manuscript Guidelines: 

1)
Be sure to fill out name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number (in case we have questions) fields. Fill out the cover letter field and state that the poetry you are submitting is your original work, that you currently hold rights to it. If work in the manuscript is currently under review elsewhere (whether to individual journals or other contests) you must notify us if it's accepted. Specifically, we will still consider the entire manuscript if individual poems are published elsewhere (while under our consideration) but request immediate notification of acceptance of the individual poem(s) so we can add it/them to the manuscript's acknowledgements. If the entire manuscript is accepted elsewhere (while under our consideration) you must withdraw from our contest immediately. There is no refund for withdrawal.

2) Send manuscript in a single Word document attachment. On the Title Page, list contact information again (name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number) in lower right-hand corner. Place the manuscript title in the middle of the page in larger, bold type. Throughout the manuscript, use Times New Roman (or a similar font) in 12-point size (excepting title). DO NOT LIST ANY CONTACT INFORMATION ON SUBSEQUENT PAGES WHATSOEVER (i.e. NOT IN A HEADER/FOOTER) AS IDENTIFYING MATERIAL WILL BE SEPARATED FROM MANUSCRIPTS DURING THE REVIEW PROCESS TO INSURE THAT JUDGING IS AS UNBIASED IS POSSIBLE. Please use Word’s option to number the document pages if possible. Encircle Publications editors’ decision regarding winning manuscript is final.
 
3) Include a Dedication Page (optional).  

4) Include an Acknowledgements Page for any work that has been previously published (online or in print). Follow standard form for acknowledgements; list previous publications in alphabetical order by name of publication. Again, to keep judging as unbiased as possible, do not include in your manuscript any poems that have been previously published or submitted to the Aurorean or the Unrorean. (If your manuscript is declared the winner, the editors may request your permission to include such poems in the final manuscript if they are available for a reprint.) Hypothetical acknowledgements might read as follows: The author wishes to acknowledge the editors of the following publications in which these poems appeared, some in slightly different versions: LMNOP Quarterly: “Summer Solstice” XYZ Magazine: “Spring Fever” 123PoetryOnline: Poetry Walk.”

5) Include a Contents Page listing poem titles in order of appearance in manuscript.

6) Include 22–26 pages of poetry at 34 lines (including stanza breaks) maximum per page. (Poems can be longer or shorter than 34 lines, but only use 34 lines maximum per page out of 26 pages total; in other words, a poem may run on to a second or third page if necessary. For wide/prose poems, maximum character width is 75. Double-check any epigraphs, quotations, dates or real place names for accuracy.

General:

Poetry may be theme-related. We have no specifications for subject matter; we will be looking for finely-crafted poetry that speaks to a broad audience. We will also look for a cohesive collection. Keep “sections” to a minimum if you must break your manuscript into sections. Nothing hateful, vulgar. No love poetry or dogma. Our tastes lean toward non-rhyming free verse, but we appreciate finely-written poetry in traditional forms.

Contract/Publication:

Winner will be notified by e-mail early October each year. Information on winning chapbook and ordering information will be available on our website in early November each year. Upon publication (mid-December), winner will receive $250, 25 copies and marketing assistance. As well, 10% royalties on retail price will be paid (biannually beginning in June of the year following publication) to winner from any sold by Encircle Publications.

In addition, author may purchase additional copies at 50% off retail price (plus shipping) while under contract with Encircle Publications. Encircle Publications, LLC will provide the author with a pdf sell sheet for use in e-mail or for printing and bookmakers). Additional materials author wishes (additional bookmarkers, postcards, posters, etc.) will be available to author to purchase at a reasonable price. Winner will be asked to provide us with a list of at least 50 names and e-mail addresses to so that we may send the pdf sell sheet by e-mail to people who are likely to order the winning chapbook.

Encircle Publications, LLC is solely responsible for design/production/setting retail price of chapbook. Chapbooks will be professionally printed and winner will be asked to sign a five-year exclusive contract stating terms. 

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PLEASE NOTE (AS SPECIFIED BELOW), WE DO NOT REVIEW PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED POEMS OR SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

By submitting to Encircle Publications (the Aurorean) you agree to opt-in to our email list. (We do not share this information and you can opt-out at any time). You also agree to our terms regarding simultaneous submissions and previously published poems and (by submitting to the Aurorean) you confirm that your submission contains neither. 


SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 15, 2017 WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE SPRING/SUMMER 2017 ISSUE. 

  1. WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO SUBMITS TO THE AUROREAN! WE ALSO HOPE THAT EVERYONE WHO SUBMITS IS FAMILIAR WITH OUR JOURNAL. 
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  4. AS AN INDEPENDENT PRESS, WE RELY SOLELY UPON THE SUPPORT OF OUR READERS AND SUBSCRIBERS TO INSURE THAT WE CAN MEET OUR PRINTING AND MAILING COSTS FOR EACH ISSUE.
  5. DEADLINES: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED HERE BY 2/15 for SPRING/SUMMER ISSUE and BY 8/15 for FALL/WINTER ISSUE.

What we seek: We seek your original poetry that is inspirational, meditational and regional (pertaining to the Northeast). Although these are our focus, we are open to subject matter as well as varied forms and style. We evaluate poetry on several levels including its skillful use of poetic craft; its ability to hold interest, and its layers of meaning. We do not publish anything hateful, overly religious or vulgar. We use very few rhyming or love poems. We are especially interested in positiveness, nature-themed poetry, as well as haiku. We often need short poems (up to six lines). Again, We do not review simultaneous submissions or previously published poems.

To give all submitters a fair read, if we receive more than five poems--or five pages of haiku--we will review only the first five pages in the submission. Include one poem per page; 36 lines maximum, including stanza spacing. You may include more than one haiku per page. Typographical oddities are acceptable as long as we can reproduce them on our page. Prose poems are often too wide for our format. (Approximately 75 characters is our limit for line-width.)

How to Submit: Be sure to fill out the cover letter field and include a brief 50 word bio as you would like it to appear if your work is accepted. Send (attach) up to five poems in a single document.

IMPORTANT BIO GUIDELINES:

PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOUR BIO IS UNDER 50 WORDS SO THAT WE CAN PROCESS YOUR SUBMISSION. IF YOUR BIO IS LONGER THAN 50 WORDS AND YOUR WORK IS ACCEPTED, YOUR BIO WILL LIST ONLY YOUR NAME AND STATE/OR COUNTRY FROM WHICH YOU SUBMITTED.

Please write your bio in the third person.
For your convenience, a sample bio follows:

(Jane Doe's) poetry has appeared in ABC Poetry, XYZ quarterly, and Poetry is Wonderful Anthology. Jane has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she teaches Creative Writing at LMNOP University. Her interests include ancient times, cross-country skiing, and animal rescue. You may see more of her work at www.janespoetryisgreat.com.

Excluding your name please limit your bio to 50 words. Follow these instructions: Use one space between periods and colons. We will italicize names of journals, books and chapbooks. Contributors assume responsibility for accuracy of magazine/journal/book/publisher titles listed in bios. Please list magazine/journal titles alphabetically and book titles chronologically by publication dates. It is important to note full and accurate journal titles. Here are some examples: the Aurorean (lower case “t" in “the” in title); The Bitter Oleander (upper case “T” in “The” in title); contemporary haibun online (all lower case); Georgetown Review (no prefix in title); Glass: A Journal of Poetry (title contains subtitle), etc.

Thank-you for your full attention to these details. We look forward to reading your submission!





Begun in 2001 as a poetry broadsheet that would serve as the aler-ego to the Aurorean, the Unrorean has published some of the most recognized poets in the small press as well as new and upcoming poets. In 2016 the Unrorean transitioned from print publication to digital online publication and is now free and available to the widest audience possible.

What we seek: the Unrorean serves as the alter ego to the Aurorean. Seasonal, meditative, inspirational, and nature poems need not apply, send those instead to the Aurorean. We are looking for poetry with a lot of verve that has a harder edge to it.  Narrative poetry is generally well received if it's crafted well. Other types of poetry we like to see: Stripped micro poetry, modern contemporary tanka and haiku, prose poems, humorous poetry, bar room poetry, poetry from the street, the gutter, the trailer park, or a muddy dirt road off the grid. We generally shy away from politically or religiously themed poetry but strive to keep an open mind to it.

Although there are no formal guidelines for the Unrorean, material submitted from approximately January-March is considered for the Spring issue, material submitted from April-June is considered for the Summer issue, material submitted from July-September is considered for the Fall issue, and material submitted from October-December is considered for the Winter issue. It follows that generally, the longest we will hold your work is three months. No previously published material (unless it’s a translation from a foreign language). Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as we are notified promptly of publication elsewhere.

How to submit:  Be sure to fill out the cover letter field and include a brief 50 word bio. Send (attach) up to five poems in a single document.

By submitting to Encircle Publications (the Unrorean) you agree to opt-in to our email list. (We do not share this information and you can opt-out at any time).