The Cupboard Pamphlet’s Annual contest!

In an effort to see authors paid for their work, Cupboard will pay $300 per published manuscript.

The Cupboard Pamphlet publishes four chapbooks per annum—two in the Fall, two in the Spring.

The annual

cupboard contest

has been extended!

March 1 - July 1

Judged by Kim Chinquee

The Cupboard Pamphlet will invite submissions of prose manuscripts between 5,000 and 10,000 words for our Annual Contest. The winning manuscript will be published in the spring of 2021.

Submission fee is $20. We accept simultaneous submissions and multiple entries but each entry requires a separate submission fee. Submissions can be composed of one piece or multiple pieces. We make no demands on content or genre, with the exception of verse poetry, which we don’t publish. We read fiction and nonfiction and are happy to see collections inclusive of both. The entire manuscript should not have been published previously, but please do include an acknowledgments page if individual pieces have appeared elsewhere. We welcome both simultaneous and multiple submissions; all submissions will be considered for general publication. Please email the editors at with any questions. We look forward to reading your work!

subscribers' submissions

The Cupboard Pamphlet welcomes submissions from subscribers at any time. Subscribers should submit manuscripts directly to the editors for consideration via email at Please send your manuscript as a DOCX or a PDF file and include a note stating why your work would fit within the Cupboard Pamphlet’s catalogue.


It's come to our attention, that submittable is not compatible with screen readers. If you have a visual impairment and require submission accommodations please email the editors at cupboard [at] thecupboardpamphlet [dot] org and we will work out an alternate means of submission.