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Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: TEN FINALISTS


Jeremiah and I have been reading and rereading these last three weeks, discussing your manuscripts! It’s incredibly clear that our community really trusts what we’re doing at Nostrovia! Poetry, as so many of you submitted an incredible mix of work we’d never seen before!

By the first weekend, we quickly realized five finalists couldn’t properly acknowledge all your hard work–so we’ve gone and doubled the count! We’re so excited to share the following list of Nostrovia! Chapbook Finalists(!):

  • Dalton Day – “To Breathe I’m Too Thin”
  • Meg Eden – “I am Linwood Eden or Current Resident”
  • Logan Ellis – “City of Broken Analogies”
  • Leah Mueller – “Allergic to Everything”
  • Bob Schofield – “Moon Facts”
  • Beach Sloth – “March 23rd, 2015″
  • August Smith – “Bird Lizard Horse”
  • Adam Tedesco – “Psycho Genetic Trans Fur”
  • Barrett Warner – “Twin Speech”
  • Sarah Xerta – “Juliet (II)”

From this pool of ten, we’ll (somehow, ugh!) be selecting our three winners–for details on the prize, check this earlier article. Again, thank you so much for your continued support of Nostrovia! Poetry–we have some big goals in mind and are fueled by your love! CHEERS!

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Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Initial Results!

Greetings, friends and fellow writers!

First of all, Jeremiah and I have been *floored* by your stream of submissions–in just 48 hours we received 79 chapbooks! Though we were already thrilled to have ~30 submissions by the end of Monday, we didn’t expect to receive another 50 the following day :D

To all of you who’ve trusted Nostrovia! Poetry with your literary babies–we really do appreciate it. It’s clear how much work many of you put into these collections, and we hope to serve you right. With that in mind, we’re already starting to review your work, though we expect it’ll take a few weeks to pin down our Finalists… and then, three Winners!


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Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Submissions Have Opened!

Hi Everyone! Jeremiah and I are thrilled to announce that the floodgates have opened for Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest!  It is free to submit your manuscripts for print publication + debut at the 2015 NYC Poetry Festival, where you will have the option to represent yourself & Nostrovia! on stage / our vendor table.

Full details here (main site sub guidelines) and here (Advanced Submission Call write up).

Deadline: You will have until the end of Tuesday, March the 24th (at midnight, PST) to submit your chapbook!

Send your excellent work to

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Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest

Jeremiah Walton and I are thrilled to announce Nostrovia! Poetry’s first ever chapbook contest! We know so many talented writers are looking for the proper place to send their work, and we want to help publish and promote you! With that in mind, we’re going to be picking three winners for this contest(!), allowing us to publish a diverse set of styles and backgrounds! And since Nostrovia! Poetry is all about promoting writing and passionate living for our community, this opportunity is FREE!

Submission Details

  • submissions must be in standard format (doc / docx / rtf)
  • we love poetry, prose, and hybrid forms!
  • traditional and experimental styles are both great!
  • we’re open to collaborations, translation, and anything you can think of–surprise us!
  • we prefer ~20-25 pages, but will consider up to ~30 pages (note: this includes all front material, as a cover page & table of contents are required. And please include an acknowledgments page for any previously published pieces)
  • Update: SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN (from March 23rd until midnight of March 24th)

Winners & Prizes

All three winners will receive:

  • their MS printed, with contributors receiving 25 copies each
  • sharp customized cover art for their books, courtesy of Kyle Harvey’s expertise!
  • focused promotion by the Nostrovia! family

Furthermore, winners’ books will debut at 2015 NYC Poetry Festival in July, where Nostrovia! has a vendors table for debut + distribution of your work.  You’ll have the option to represent yourself & Nostrovia! by hitting the stage with us! And from there, your chapbooks will distributed through Nostrovia!’s traveling pop-up bookstore, Books & Shovels, taken across the country to LitQuake in San Francisco!

Got any remaining questions? Feel free to message us at

Huge shout out to Mark Cugini at Big Lucks for their recent BEST PRIZE chapbook contest!

Jeremiah and I can’t wait to see what you’ve been writing, so start polishing those manuscripts!

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A Gaggle of Hoogalins

Round 2 of the Mongolian Yurt Poetry Reading series was an interesting venture.  The past couple months, Nostrovia! Poetry has been swinging around Tucson, Arizona.  We have been building a base through organizing events, wandering empty streets free styling, throwing wine gatherings, and cooperating with the passionate cats that inhabit this city.  Gathering together the underground’s underground, we’re working to participate with the Tucson community to create an open minded / creative space for artists to gather & share their passion.

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In a way, a light has published itself at the end of the road that landed us here.  Nostrovia! is moving forward, putting focus on grass roots literary activism and pushing its boundaries through the underground towards whatever that light may manifest as.  We’ve taken our thumbs off the road and letting the desert peer inside our skull.

Shout out to Christoper Morgan & Zander Buxton for driving a 13 hour journey & supplying home cherished sanity wine.

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The Mongolian Yurt Reading kicked off with an intimate cipher in the yurt.  We passed through the circle, providing a quieter space prior to show’s kick off for folks to become comfortable and get to know the other artists.  We transitioned from here to the court yard, and the show began.

The main reading features a 10 slot open mic followed by a collaboration between hip hop + poetry + music + traveling kids + campfire singalongs & ember crinkling features.

Jos Charles / A. Razor / Steve Roggenbuck / Jeremiah Walton / Romeo / Neeko Ford / Farzana Marie / Chris Burke / & Christopher Morgan composed the feature list, providing a diverse atmosphere of people with roots scrambled across a wide variety of different histories.

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Bottlecap Press + Fruita Pulp + Punk Hostage Press vended with us.  Our community drawing board was tagged up and is now hung in Nostrovia!’s House.

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Many of the people who hit the open mic read publicly for their first time.  We made sure to provide the loudest applause possible, louder than they may ever experience again, something to live up to.

Round 2 was successful, and we’re looking forward to seeing where our next events take Nostrovia! Poetry and the artists we’ve been growing with.

What’s next?

From here, we’re moving forward into hosting our next show, the No Mic Open Mic (@ Shot In The Dark Cafe) on Friday the 13th, March.  If you’re in the Tucson area, this is another free event we want you to attend with us.


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