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Slipstream Magazine is a yearly anthology of some of the best poetry you'll find today in the
American small press.
A single issue of Slipstream costs $10 and generally consists of 75 to 100 pages of poetry, fiction
and artwork. Subscriptions are $20 and include two issues of the magazine plus the two most recent
Founded in 1980, Slipstream features the work of both new and established writers. Charles Bukowski,
Gerald Locklin, Wanda Coleman, Lyn Lifshin, David Chorlton, Jim Daniels, Ron Koertge, Sean Dougherty
and Sherman Alexie are among the many writers whose work has appeared in the pages of Slipstream.
Slipstream welcomes the submission of poetry, black & white photography and artwork throughout the
year. All rights revert to author/artist upon publication and payment is one copy of the issue in
which your work appears.
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Call for Submissions - Theme Issue: "RED"
Slipstream is currently reading for Issue #43 from now
until May 31, 2023. The issue will be published in fall 2023. We seek poetry that explores the theme "RED." Creative interpretations are highly encouraged and welcome. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file only. We also are seeking artwork for the issue. Please do not submit again until you have received a response on the status of your current submission.
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2022 Chapbook Contest Winner Robert Okaji
Slipstream is pleased to announced that Robert Okaji has been selected as the winner of our 2022 poetry chapbook contest for his collection of poems entitled "Buddah's Not Talking." Okaji holds a BA in history, served without distinction in the U.S. Navy, toiled as a university administrator, and no longer owns a bookstore. His honors include the 2021 riverSedge Poetry Prize, the 2021 Etchings Press Poetry Chapbook Prize, and the 1968 Bar-K Ranch Goat-Catching Championship. He lives in Indiana with his wife, stepson and cat, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications including: Threepenny Review, Crannog, Vox Populi, MockingHeart Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Tipton Poetry Journal, Evergreen Review, The Night Heron Barks, Indianapolis Review, Book of Matches, and Slippery Elm.
All entrants in the Slipstream poetry chapbook contest will receive a copy of the winning chapbook and a copy of the latest edition of Slipstream
magazine in late summer/early fall. The contest winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and 50 professionally-printed copies of their book. The deadline for entries is December 1 every year.
2021 Chapbook Contest Winner Jeanne-Marie Osterman
Jeanne-Marie Osterman was chosen as the winner of our 2021 poetry chapbook contest for her collection of poems entitled "All Animals Want the Same Things
." She is the author of Shellback
(Paloma Press) and the chapbook There's a Hum
(Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Borderlands, Cathexis Northwest, New Ohio Review, and What Rough Beast, and others. Osterman was a finalist for the 2018 Joy Harjo Poetry Award and the 2017 Levis Prize in Poetry. Originally from Everett, Washington, she now lives in New York City where she is poetry editor for Cagibi
, a journal of prose and poetry. Learn more about Jeanne-Marie Osterman at www.ostermanpoetry.com
2020 Chapbook Contest Winner Max Stephan
Max Stephan, of Orchard Park, NY, was the winner of Slipstream's 2020 Poetry Chapbook Competition for his collection "Poems About the American Brother."
Max's poetry and prose have appeared in the North Dakota Quarterly, Appalachia, the Christian
Science Monitor, the Broad River Review, Main Street Rag, the Cold Mountain Review, the Potomac Review, Blueline, the Cimarron Review,
the Louisiana Review, and Slipstream, among others. Recently, Stephan was awarded a Fellowship at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of
Creative Writing, noted as a finalist in the Rash Award in Poetry Competition (2018, 2019), the Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest
(2018, 2019), the Homebound Publications Prize (2019), and invited to write the featured story for the Winter/Spring 2020 issue of
Appalachia honoring the work of the late Mary Oliver. Stephan is a university professor, specializing in Contemporary American Poetry;
runs the poetry series, "Western New York Poets"; and co-hosts "Second Stage Writers"a monthly reading series, which brings together
both young and established voices.
Learn more about Max Stephan at: www.maxstephan.net
Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest
The annual Slipstream poetry contest offers a $1,000 prize plus 50
professionally-printed copies of your book. Deadline is Dec. 1 every year. Everyone who enters the
poetry contest receives a copy of the winning chapbook plus one complimentary issue of Slipstream
The winner of the contest is typically announced in late spring/early summer.
The book and author are featured prominently on the Slipstream website for one year, as well as in
all Slipstream catalogs, press releases, and promotional materials.
are submitted by Slipstream for review by various national and international poetry/writing
publications and may also be featured in the Grants and Awards section of Poets & Writers magazine
Send up to 40 pages of poetry: any style, format, or theme.
details click here: Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Contest
See All Previous Chapbook Contest Winners (1988 - 2020)
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Slipstream P.O. Box 2071 Niagara Falls, New York 14301
2019 Chapbook Contest Winner Pam Davenport
Pam Davenport, of
Flagstaff, AZ, was selected as the winner of Slipstream's 2019 Poetry Chapbook Competition for her
collection, A Midwest Girl Thanks Patti Smith. The award
includes a $1,000 prize along with 50 copies of the book.
Davenport writes in the deserts and mountains of Arizona and earned an MFA at Pacific University in
Oregon. She writes poems to look for what is shimmering beneath the ordinary, as Lucy Brock-Broido
recommended. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Nimrod, Tinderbox,
Poetry of the American Southwest, Chiron, New Verse News, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and others.
About A Midwest Girl Thanks Patti Smith, Joseph Miller writes: "These odes form the
record of an American life, from childhood to late middle age, helter-skelter in their enthusiasms,
exultant in their femaleness."
Ellen Bass writes: "The poems in Pam Davenport's debut
collection, A Midwest Girl Thanks Patti Smith, are as earthy and spirited as the horses she
describes. Whether it's a teenage girl longing to be "felt up," or the "flesh and pith and skin" of
an orange, Davenport writes with honesty and wit about the nature of desire."
2018 Chapbook Contest Winner Robert L. Penick
Robert L. Penick, of Louisville, KY, was selected as the winner of Slipstream's 2018 Poetry Chapbook Competition for his collection, Exit, Stage Left. The award includes a $1,000 prize along with 50 copies of the book. All entrants in the competition receive a copy of the winning chapbook along with a classic issue of Slipstream magazine.
Penick's work has appeared in over 100 different literary journals, including The Hudson Review, North American Review, and The California Quarterly. He lives in Louisville with his free-range box turtle, Sheldon, and edits Ristau, a tiny literary annual.
You can find more of his poetry at: theartofmercy.net.
2017 Chapbook Contest Winner Alan Catlin
Alan Catlin, of Schenectady, NY, was selected as the winner of Slipstream's 2017 Poetry Chapbook
Competition for his collection, Blue Velvet.
Catlin has been publishing for the better part of five decades. During that time he has published
thousands of poems in hundreds of magazines from the mundane to the outlandish to the well-known and
everything in between. In his working life he was a barman, a profession he credits with warping his
mind forever and giving him a unique perspective on life. He has published over sixty full length
books and chapbooks including: Last Man Standing from Lummox Press, American Odyssey
from Future Cycle Press and forthcoming, Hollyweird from Night Ballet Press, which also
published his Beautiful Mutants chapbook. He is the poetry editor of the online poetry
2016 Chapbook Contest Winner Francine Witte
The winner of the 2016 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Competition was Francine Witte, of
New York, NY, for her collection of poems entitled "Not All Fires Burn
A former high school English
teacher, Witte grew up in Queens, NY. She earned her MA in English/Creative Writing at SUNY
Binghamton and her MFA in poetry at Vermont College. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks
Only, Not Only (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and First Rain (Pecan Grove Press, 2009),
which won the Pecan Grove Press competition. She also authored the flash fiction chapbooks Cold
June (Ropewalk Press), selected by Robert Olen Butler as the winner of the 2010 Thomas A.
Wilhelmus Award, and The Wind Twirls Everything (Musclehead Press).
2015 Chapbook Contest Winner Neil Carpathios
The winner of the 2015 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Competition was Neil
Carpathios, of Portsmouth, Ohio, for his collection of poems entitled "The Function of Sadness."
Carpathios is the author
of three full-length poetry collections: Playground of Flesh (Main Street Rag), At the
Axis of Imponderables (winner of the Quercus Review Press Book Award), and Beyond the
Bones (FutureCycle Press). He is the editor of the anthology, Every River on Earth: Writing
from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2015).
His newspaper column, "Let's
Talk Poetry," appears weekly in the Portsmouth Daily Times and online, and strives to showcase the
works of poets in southern Ohio and around the country. He is an associate professor of English and
Coordinator of Creative Writing at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Skoyles, author of A Little Faith, Permanent Change, Definition of the Soul and The
Situation, writes: "In The Function of Sadness, Neil Carpathios introduces us to his
world, a world familiar to most alert citizens, but one that usually makes us avert our eyes: the
maimed, the desolate, the abandoned and those who just plain hurt. In poem after exquisite poem, he
makes their traumas ours, and unites us to all things frail and mortal."
2014 Chapbook Contest Winner Nicole Antonio
The 2014 Slipstream Chapbook Contest winner was Nicole Antonio, of Oakland,
California, for her collection of poetry entitled Another
Nicole Antonio studied poetry and screen writing at the University of
Southern California, obtaining both her Bachelor's in English and Master's in Professional Writing.
Her work has appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Watershed, and The Truth About the
Fact. After serving as the Editor in Chief for the USC's Southern California Review, she
moved north and now lives in Oakland.
About Another Mistake, Amy Gerstler,
author of Dearest Creature and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, writes:
"Another Mistake is a powerhouse chapbook. This is a hyper-awake, penetrating, gritty, humane,
fearless literary voice. Each of these poems displays exemplary control of the pressurized energies
at its core. Another Mistake bears fresh, deeply affecting witness to the speed at which Nicole's
generation lives, loves, hooks up, slaves and suffers. Our need to embrace dark urges and our fucked
up origins, to understand and master pleasure and pain, to be wildly alive but also to face the
music, it's all here, articulated with the perfect mix of distance and immediacy. I am an avid fan
who hopes a full-length collection is in the pipeline."
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