Second Annual TAR Chapbook Series

Last year, we had the bright idea to open up a reading period for chapbooks. The work we had read for the magazine over the course of three years had inspired us to crave more and more pages of your voices. For our first reading period, we selected five chapbooks for publication: Mike Lala’s In the Gun Cabinet (poetry | pub’d March 2016 | Sold Out), Zoe Dzunko’s Selfless (poetry | pub’d June 2016 | Available for Order), Soleil Ho’s Hungry Ghosts (essays | forthcoming August 2016), Megan Giddings’s Arcade Seventeen (flash fiction | forthcoming October 2016), and Roberto Montes’s Grievances (poetry | forthcoming December 2016). With Emily Raw as our fiery, out-of-the-box cover designer, our chapbooks have been letterpressed with french flaps and gold-foil stamped, and soon, holographic, neon, and beyond. We are making very, very beautiful chapbooks. Feast your eyes on the two finished products, Selfless by Zoe Dzunko and In the Gun Cabinet by Mike Lala:

Zoe Dzunko’s Selfless (top); Mike Lala’s In the Gun Cabinet (bottom)


With that in mind, we are opening up for our second annual open reading period for chapbooks for the month of August. Selected manuscripts will have a small print-run, and they will receive 20 contributor copies plus $100 in payment. Maybe that chapbook is yours!

Within each genre of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are two forms of submission, neither of which has any extra impression on us. We invite you to submit your manuscript for free or with a small donation, which will go directly toward creating more singular, gorgeous artifacts, as well as payment to our contributors. 


The chapbook series will continue with The Atlas Review‘s mission of remaining anonymous. Work should push against the status quo and challenge us. You may submit a manuscript between approximately 20 and 30 pages. Please read all the guidelines specific to each genre. Submissions should include the following:

  • Twenty- to 30-page manuscript free of any identity-revealing information.
  • Dress your manuscript up with a title page, table of contents, and whatever else you would like to include. Acknowledgments page optional. Please use a readable font in 12-point. Times New Roman is always master of the house, but an equivalent is fine.
  • You can include a brief cover letter that describes this particular manuscript’s agenda/thesis/mission, but please note that unless it is in the chapbook document (as opposed to the Submittable field), we won’t have access to it due to blind screening. This is absolutely optional. Still, do not include your name or any identity-revealing information here.
  • While we love surprises, we will not tolerate bigotry/misogyny/transphobia or any other hateful materials in your submission. #nopenopeNOPE

We hope to have a final selection of manuscripts by the end of September, early October. We can’t promise response time will be this soon, but we will try. It is the summertime after all, and we do love our summertime sadness. Should there be any delays, we will be in touch with updates!

We’re so excited to read your chapbooks!


Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to shoot us an email: theatlasreview [at] gmail [dot] com