Call for Manuscripts: 2018 Sequoyah Chapbook Award

The Sequoyah National Research Center is pleased to announce the 2018 Sequoyah Chapbook Award for emerging American Indian and Alaska Native writers. The winning poet will receive 250 copies of his or her chapbook, and the chapbook will also be archived in the Sequoyah National Research Center’s prestigious Tribal Writers Digital Library.

Submission guidelines:

The Sequoyah Chapbook Award is open to any member of a federally recognized tribe in the United States. Eligible writers must be either enrolled as a member of that tribe or accepted by that community as a member.

Poetry manuscripts should be between 20 and 36 pages in length. Submit one hardcopy of the manuscript, single-spaced, one poem per page, paginated, with a table of contents and bound with a binder clip. Individual poems may have been published previously in a journal or magazine, but we will not accept work that has appeared as a whole (self-published or otherwise).

The cover letter should include a short bio and identify the writer’s tribal affiliation, name, mailing address, email, and phone number.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for confirmation of receipt of your manuscript.

Manuscript must be postmarked by September 1, 2017. We do not accept email submissions.

Please mail submission to:

H.K. Hummel, Department of English
501 Stabler Hall
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

Questions regarding contest should be sent to with a copy to .

The collections of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center constitute the largest assemblage of Native American expression in the world. Our mission, to acquire and preserve the writings and ideas of Native North Americans, is accomplished, in part, through collecting the written word of Native Americans and creating a research atmosphere that invites indigenous peoples to make the Center an archival home for their creative work.

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