Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes well-crafted free verse poetry. We especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice. See webpage for Submissions and Contest information.

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions Poetry Chapbook Contests: 

Accepts Submissions May 1-31 Each Year

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions invites entries for its chapbook-length poetry manuscript contest May 1-31 yearly.

Please follow the guidelines below to be eligible for the contests:

  • Submit  a chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-40 pgs — not including front  and back matter) via Submittable. Manuscripts will not be considered via  email or snail mail.
  • Poems may be previously published in journals or online, if you own the rights for reprints.
  • Simultaneous  submissions accepted. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript  is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees are not refundable.

Work  will be judged on the merits of the manuscripts alone. Please help us  judge the work anonymously by following these next guidelines carefully:

  • DO NOT include a bio or formal cover letter.
  • DO  NOT include an acknowledgments page for previously published work. If  your manuscript is selected for publication, you may send along this  information later.
  • DO NOT include your name ANYWHERE on your manuscript or in the Submittable title of your submission. Submissions that reveal authors’ identities will be disqualified, and fees will not be refunded.
  • NO NOT include more than 3 poems that have been published by  Sheila-Na-Gig online. If your manuscript is selected, you may include  other poems we have published. Please DO NOT include any poems that have  won an award from Sheila-Na-Gig online or any that have been nominated  for Pushcart or Best of the Net prizes by Sheila-Na-Gig online.


  • The selected manuscript will be published by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. For a sample volumes, check out
  • $500 honorarium + 50% royalties
  • 25 copies of the published manuscript (and 55% discounts on future orders)
  • All participants will receive a copy of the winning volume upon publication. International participants will receive pdf copies.



THE JUDGE: Hayley Mitchell Haugen, Founder & Editor, Sheila-Na-Gig online & Sheila-Na-Gig Editions: 

RESPONSE TIME: We will strive to make final decisions by September 1 each year.

THE FINE PRINT:  Sheila-Na-Gig Editions reserves the right to not select a winning  manuscript. In the case of this unlikely event, reading fees will be  refunded. We really want to publish manuscripts, however! Familiarize  yourself with the works on Sheila-Na-Gig online to get a sense  of our aesthetic. We publish well-crafted free verse poetry and  especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of  voice. Chapbooks should also include a consistent theme.

Sheila-Na-Gig online