Submissions: Chapbook / Pamphlet

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What Are Chapbooks And Pamphlets?

Neon chapbooks will be booklets of up to forty pages in length, each containing the work of a single author or poet. They might contain a series of thematically-linked poems, a single long story, or a collection of linked short stories. Pamphlets will be much shorter booklets, containing just a few poems or a short piece of prose by a single author. They will be distributed for free along with chapbooks and issues of Neon.

Before Submitting

Please consider pre-ordering one or all of the recently-announced chapbooks, details of which you’ll find here. Publishing pamphlets and chapbooks is an exciting new venture for Neon, and it’s something we will only be able to continue doing in the future if our current projects are reasonably successful. You can also help to make sure this happens by sharing information about our chapbooks and pamphlets on social media, or subscribing to / purchasing the magazine.

What I’m Looking For

I’m interested in chapbooks and pamphlets that have a strong, specific theme or story. I am less interested in collections of general poetry. I am very keen to see ideas for chapbooks or pamphlets that are “about” something – especially if the thing that they are about is interesting or odd.


Chapbook authors will be paid for each printing of their chapbook, and will receive copies on publication. Their work will be published in print and possibly online, and will remain available indefinitely. I will ask for non-exclusive rights. There will be no payment for pamphlets (as they will be given away for free), but I will send authors a stack of copies for their own use, and will ensure that their work is distributed widely.

How To Submit

Please fill in the form below to propose a chapbook or pamphlet. All form fields are required. There is no need to try and “sell” your work in the description box – in fact I’d rather receive a neutral, accurate description than a blurb. I will get back to you as soon as possible – although this may take a few weeks at busy times.


If you have sent in your work you should hear back by the end of March 2015 at the latest. Sign up to the mailing list (below) or follow Neon on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to find out about future submissions windows.

35 thoughts on “Submissions: Chapbook / Pamphlet

  1. Rubinstyn Bluthenthal says:


    Thank you for taking the time to review the information I have submitted. If you find this documentation to be satisfactory, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible.

    Best Regards,

    R. Bluthenthal

    • Krishan says:

      Hi Rubinstyn. Thanks for sending in a proposal – I look forward to reading it. I’m not sure exactly when you might hear back at this stage, but it shouldn’t be longer than three or four months. Do let me know if you have any queries!

      • Rubinstyn Bluthenthal says:

        Hello Krishan,

        Thank you for responding to my inquiry. My question to you is; Do you mean that it may be 3 or 4 months before you get back to me in order to submit my material? I can imagine you may be very busy but that seems like a long time to get an answer … something akin to “falling through the cracks.” (smile)

        Maybe you meant for me to submit my material for the Chapbook for review and it would probably take some time before you reviewed it and replied back to me. I would like to think that this the case and I can readily understand. Would you be so kind as to clarify your response?

        I look forward to your response.

        Cordial Regards,


        • Krishan says:

          Hi Rubin. Four months is the absolute longest you might have to wait to get a response – I’d hope to respond to most submissions before then. I’ve already had over a hundred proposals, and I want to make sure I read each one carefully, and pick the best ones to publish.

          When I do respond it’ll either be a note to say that it’s not quite what I’m looking for, or a request for more information / the full manuscript. I’ll only request the full manuscript for projects in which I’m seriously interested – and so things will move relatively swiftly after that.

          In the meantime, you are of course welcome to submit your work elsewhere. I don’t wish to tie up your work or get in the way of you seeking publication.

          Hope that clarifies things for you and anyone else who might be reading. Do let me know if you have any further questions.

  2. H. says:

    Sorry to be pedantic but 40 pages seems a bit vague when we don’t know how the thing will be formatted. So my question is how many lines do you see the chapbook having? Thanks.

    • Krishan says:

      Hi H. There’s no set format for the chapbooks, so they can vary according to theme and general shape of the contents. A poem per page would be a rough guide though. If in doubt, do go ahead and send in a proposal, and I’ll see what can be done. Hope that helps!

      • Thanks Krishan.

        What are the rules, if any, on submitting pieces that are currently being considered by other mags? Or, for that matter, pieces that have previously been published/self-published?

        • Krishan says:

          Hi Humphrey. Simultaneous submissions are absolutely fine. And as I’m happy to consider reprints (whether self-published or otherwise) there’s no need to let me know if your work is accepted elsewhere (though you’re welcome to drop me a note about it if you’re worried).

  3. Steve Klepetar says:

    Thanks for considering my chapbook “Werewolf Juggles the Moon.” I look forward to hearing from you.


    Steve Klepetar

  4. Thank you for considering my chapbook, “To Castles of Starlight.”

    I must be honest: I’m still debating on a good name for my chapbook, no matter where I possibly find publication! Anyway, thank you again for the consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Frank Geurrandeno

  5. Miles says:

    Krishan- thank you for this opportunity. I submitted a proposal but the form appears to have removed all formatting… is this normal for poetry submissions which are usually heavily format-dependent?

    • Krishan says:

      Hi Miles. Thanks for sending something in. The form does strip out bold and italic text, but indents and spaces remain intact. What you see after clicking “Submit” is a very compressed version of what I receive – so don’t worry about it looking like that on the other end!

  6. Do you accept proposals for chapbooks that include previously works previously published in literary journals?

  7. Krishan says:

    Hi. Chapbooks including previously-published works are fine by me – just so long as the rights have returned to you, and the venue where they were previously-published doesn’t mind them appearing elsewhere.

  8. Joe Marchia says:

    How long should we wait to hear back about pamphlets? – Joe

  9. Krishan says:

    Hi Joe. I’ll get back to everyone within two or three months, but hopefully much sooner. I’m currently reading and responding to submissions sent about twenty days ago.

  10. Benjamin Norris says:

    Many thanks for considering ‘Seven / Sea’ for publication. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Benjamin Norris!news/c10fk

  11. Krishan says:

    Thanks for sending in a proposal, Benjamin. I look forward to reading it.

  12. Keenjal M says:


    I would like to know if there is a fixed deadline for the submissions? Also, if I choose to compile a chapbook, does it has to be restrained only to one form of literary? Or a combination of both Prose and Poetry would be fine? And, necessarily 40 pages or could be any lesser? Await your reply 🙂

  13. Krishan says:

    Hi Keenjal. There’s no deadline for submissions, no restrictions on form or genre, and no minimum length – although if something is very short I might suggest that it would work better as a pamphlet rather than a chapbook. Hope that helps!

  14. Hi Krishan,
    I was just wondering if you have a word count for the pamphlets and chapbooks; how many words it should be around?
    Thanks, and thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Krishan says:

    Hi Hannah. There’s no strict word limit for pamphlets or chapbooks. Anything up to about ten pages would work well as a pamphlet. Anything up to around forty pages would work well as a chapbook. The number of words on those pages is pretty flexible, but as a rough guide one poem or two-hundred-and-fifty words of prose tend to fit comfortably.

    If you’re in any doubt as to whether your project is of a suitable length, please do go ahead and send it in anyway, and I’ll get back to you about it as soon as possible.

  16. Do you consider creative nonfiction, or only prose fiction?

    • Krishan says:

      Hi Jacqueline. I’d be more than happy to consider some creative nonfiction. Thanks for your interest!

  17. Lucas says:

    Hello. I have a few questions before I submit my work.

    Is there a minimum page number for chapbooks (such as 15 or 20)? My chapbook that I’m working on, without the acknowledgement page, is at 15 pages.

    Also, does the submission need to include the potential cover art? Or is that included later on, if chosen for publication?

  18. Krishan says:

    Hi Lucas. There’s no set minimum length, but if a project submitted as a chapbook is particularly short I might suggest publishing it as a pamphlet instead. There is no need to include suggested cover art with a submission. I look forward to reading your work!

  19. Sandra Burch says:

    Thank you for your time and consideration of my chapbook “Poetic Injustice”. I am passionate about writing poetry and being a voice for so many who have endured domestic violence and/or have lost a loved one or partner due to domestic violence. I hope that you will help me in my quest to reach out to others. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  20. David Morck says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to submit a proposal to you, and I appreciate you taking the time to consider my work. Look forward to hearing back from you fine folks at Neon.

  21. Heather Child says:

    Dear Krishan,
    I have just submitted a chapbook proposal, however when I clicked ‘submit’ I was taken to a wordpress login page. Could you let me know if you have received the proposal please?
    Many thanks,

    • Krishan says:

      Hello Heather. I’ve safely received your proposal – and I’ve also fixed the contact form. Thanks for letting me know! I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

  22. Technically 0825 in 7 January isn’t ‘before the 7th’, but I hope this proposal may slip under the wire!

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