Leiby Chapbook Contest

Each year The Florida Review Publications honors past editor Jeanne Leiby with the publication of a prose or graphic narrative chapbook. Starting in 2017, we are publishing our chapbooks in cooperation with Burrow Press for better exposure and distribution through small-press book channels. To purchase one of our previous winners’ chapbooks, please see our Store, and for more information about Jeanne Leiby, the award in her honor, and the chapbook winners and runners-up, please see our Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Series page. Reading a copy of one or more of our chapbooks and/or reading about the award’s history and winners will give you a good idea of the type of work we are looking for.

The contest runs from September through December each year.

Winners receive publication and $1,000 (upon publication). Second-place winners receive tuition for the Sanibel Writers Conference, and possible publication of a selection in The Florida Review or Aquifer: The Florida Review Online.

You may also wish to read our general submission guidelines and/or familiarize yourself with our magazine to find out more about what kind of work we publish.

  • Submit up to 45 pages (double spaced and in MS Word for fiction or essay, pdf or jpeg if graphic narrative).
  • This is a blind-read contest. The manuscript should not have your name or other identifying information on any page. Please note that if your name is drawn into a panel of a graphic narrative, it should be blocked out. Submit a cover letter with your name and the title (or titles) of the submitted work.
  • Any combination of long or short stories, essays, or flash fiction or nonfiction–as well as graphic narrative–will be considered.
  • Graphic narrative must be black and white and in jpeg or pdf format.
  • Entry fee is $25.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication in The Florida Review or Aquifer: The Florida Review Online.
  • Simultaneous submissions are OK as long as they are withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere
  • Notification of results will be posted on The Florida Review website by the summer following the contest, and publication will be scheduled for the following spring.
  • In the unlikely event that no submitted manuscript is selected by the judge as fitting chapbook publication, only the second prize will be awarded.
  • Make sure to select the chapbook category in Submittable.