Split Rock Press was established in 2019 as an extension of Split Rock Review literary journal. We are a micro-press that hosts the annual Split Rock Poetry Chapbook Series and publishes eco-friendly books exploring place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature.


Reading period: September 1 - November 30, 2019.

Split Rock Press will publish 1 to 4 poetry chapbook manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature. Manuscripts selected in 2019 will be published in 2020.

Our chapbooks are perfect-bound that feature striking cover designs. Books are printed using chlorine-free ink on acid-free paper supplied by a Forest Stewardship Council-certified provider. The interior paper is made from 30% post-consumer waste recycled material.

Each book receives an ISBN and will be distributed through Ingram, Amazon, and our e-store.

Payment is offered in the form of 10 copies, a 50% discount on additional author copies, and a complimentary copy of the other chapbooks published in 2020.

The Split Rock editorial team reads all the submissions with great care and attention, and the editor makes the final decision. Writers should refrain from submitting their work if they are current/former colleagues or students of the editorial team.

Chapbook Manuscript Format

  • Manuscript length should be 18 to 32 pages in length (Word doc, docx, PDF).

  • Include page numbers and start each poem on a new page.

  • Include a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgment page (not included in the page count). If applicable, indicate which poems have been previously published (title of poem) and by whom (name of publication) in the acknowledgments page.

  • Manuscripts should use 1 inch margins and a standard font/size (e.g., 12 pt. Times New Roman).

  • Do not include images or graphics unless they are an essential part of your manuscript.

  • Submissions are read blind. Please do not include identifying information on the pages of the manuscript.

Chapbook Submission Guidelines

  • We only accept submissions via Submittable.

  • There is a submission fee of $7.00 for this category.

  • Individual poems in a manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

  • Please submit only one manuscript per reading period.

  • Co-authored manuscripts are accepted.

  • We do not accept translation poetry. Sorry.

  • Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us immediately by withdrawing your manuscript via Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

  • No edits or revisions to the manuscript will be considered during the reading period, but the selected author(s) will have an opportunity to make revisions prior to publication.

  • If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Press First North American Serial Rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication, but we ask that Split Rock Press is acknowledged as its place of initial publication.