Call for Manuscripts: 2018 Sequoyah Chapbook Award

The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is pleased to announce the 2018 Sequoyah Chapbook Award for emerging American Indian and Alaska Native poets. The winning poet will receive 250 copies of the chapbook, which will be archived in the prestigious Center’s Tribal Writers Digital Library.

Submission guidelines:

The Sequoyah Chapbook Award is open to any enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe in the United States.

Poetry manuscripts should be between 20 and 36 pages in length and may be submitted in hard copy or digitally. Hard copy manuscript should be single-spaced, one poem per page, paginated, with a table of contents and bound with a binder clip. Digital submissions should be single-spaced, one poem per page.  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).

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

Those submitting paper copy should include a self-addressed stamped envelope for confirmation of receipt of the manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Manuscripts in hard copy must be postmarked by September 1, 2018. Electronic submissions should reach the editor by noon, Central Standard Time, on September 1.

Please mail hard copy submissions to:

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

Digital submissions and questions regarding contest should be sent to and

The collections of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center constitute the largest assemblage of Native American and Alaska Native expression in the world. Our mission—to acquire and preserve the writings and ideas of Native North Americans—is accomplished through collecting the written word and art 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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