The Baltic Writing Residency

The Baltic Writing Residency Poetry Chapbook Contest, in conjunction with Rabbit Catastrophe Press.


  • Judge: Bob Hicok (more information below)
  • $750, plus publication, and 25 author copies beautifully printed by Rabbit Catastrophe Press.
  • $21 submission fee.
  • Manuscripts are being accepted now through the November 15, 2014 deadline. Click here to APPLY.
  • Send 20 – 32 manuscript pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page). It's fine if individual works have been published elsewhere, but the manuscript can't have been published as a whole before.
  • Include a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (if any of the poems have been previously published).
  • Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. And filling out Submittable's "cover letter" field is discouraged. Close friends of, and students who are studying with or have studied with the judge within the last five years, should not apply.
  • The manuscript need not be thematically coherent or narratively related. Co-authored manuscripts are fine. Submitting multiple manuscripts is fine with entry fees for each.
  • All covers are printed on Rives BFK Printmaking Paper, which is a 100% cotton rag. All covers, FFEPs, vellums and text blocks are scored and torn by hand to size and then hand folded into books. Books are bound with a variety of perfect and sewn bindings.
  • Email balticresidency@gmail.com with further questions if you have them.

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Bob Hicok’s latest book, Elegy Owed (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hicok is the author of several additional collections of poems, including The Legend of Light, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry in 1995 and named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year; Plus Shipping (1998); Animal Soul (2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Insomnia Diary (2004); This Clumsy Living (2007), which received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress; Words for Empty, Words for Full (2010). His work has been selected numerous times for the Best American Poetry series. Hicok has won Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech.