Tolsun Books’ Memoir Chapbook Contest!

We are accepting submissions for our inaugural Memoir* Chapbook Competition! We value energetic and strong voices. We’re not scared of pushing the boundaries of form or non-traditional work. Show us your weird stuff!

Our contest judge is Jen Hirt. Her memoir, Under Glass: The Girl With a Thousand Christmas Trees (University of Akron/Ringtaw Press), won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award. Her essay “Lores of Last Unicorns,” published in The Gettysburg Review, won a Pushcart PrizeShe is the co-editor of Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (SUNY Press, 2016), which won “Gold” in the Foreword Reviews INDIE award for 2017. She is the co-editor of Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction (MSU Press, 2017). Her essays have also received the Gabehart Prize for Nonfiction from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, and three notable essay mentions in Best American Essays. She was a finalist at the Zone 3 Creative Nonfiction Book award and the Pleiades Press Prize. She has an MFA from the University of Idaho, an MA from Iowa State University, and a BA from Hiram College. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Penn State Harrisburg.

The entrance fee is $5. Because we understand that contest entrance fees can exclude some writers, we will be offering free submissions on July 15th, 2019. Those who pay the entrance fee are helping us to create books, pay our judge as well as our authors and artists, and develop new ways to get our books to more people. 

The winning author will receive publication and 50 copies of their chapbook. 

*Tolsun Books defines memoir as anything true that happened to you. We only publish books that are made from parts: essays, narratives, photographs, artwork, hybrid pieces, etc.