Frog Hollow Press
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After April 1, 2018, we will only accept submissions for the 4th Frog Hollow Press Chapbook Contest (contest closes on June 30, 2018) — the New Brunswick Chapbook Series (English and French — poetry, short fiction and drama) and for the newly created series on Dis/Ability.

For Those About to Submit, I Salute You Thusly:

Frog Hollow Press is transforming, a little. We are still publishing poetry chapbooks and books of literary criticism, BUT we’re closing the submissions door and opening it at the same time. What can I say? It’s complicated! And also not. Read the entire entry to see what we take. Read it closely and adhere to it if you would like to publish with us. To get the repetitive stuff out of the way, we’ll tell you the following now: send us a query letter, as is standard, and don’t forget contact information; include five poems with the query, no more; and send your submissions to No print submissions as we tend to lose these.


Over the past twenty years, we’ve focused on poets and poetry with/about/informed by dis/ability but the focus was hardly exclusive and also never explicitly stated. We’re stating it now by unveiling The Dis/Ability Series which is actively seeking texts by poets with dis/ability.

Meaning: POETS with dis/ability, who submit POETRY manuscripts that are chapbook-sized.

Do the manuscripts need to be ENTIRELY about dis/ability issues? Or dis/ability experience? Etc.? No. Does there need to be a meaningful and significant connection? Yes. What are dis/ability issues and dis/ability experience? If you’re asking those questions, then good — and answer them yourself. In your query letter, include a few sentences regarding your connection to dis/ability. Send us manuscripts in both the alternative embodiment traditions and the “invisible disability” traditions. (Note those scare quotes.) We are happy to tell you that we have a special interest in pain, mad studies, and representations of mental illness. These will be our proud emphases as we start off the series and we preferentially will look for work of this sort.

Hooray, right? CANADA has a DIS/ABILITY SERIES!!! We are small and cover the poetry genre only, but trade publishers, take note and please replicate this initiative as you have with racialized and queer persons. It’s fun!

Submissions to this series WILL NEVER CLOSE, till death do Caryl (publisher) and I (editor) part.


For just two years now, THE NEW BRUNSWICK CHAPBOOK SERIES has been chugging along and the future looks bright for it. This series resurrects the late 60’s-early 70’s project of Nancy Bauer, who coordinated the original version. In that original version, 25 books were eventually produced, and many of them included writers that became quite renowned in the odd configuration that is CanLit. It is our goal to do 25, too. And more, if we can; but who knows, right? You needn’t currently reside in NB in order to get published in our series but it certainly is an easy verification tool! For those who don’t live in NB, I feel your pain. I don’t either. But to think of me as an Ontarian makes me snicker. Merely provide your bona fides and make your case in your query letter and we’ll think about it. While you’re at it, have a look at previous titles in the series to get a better sense of things.

As with The Dis/Ability Series, submissions to this series WILL NEVER CLOSE. Query us year-round.

We are especially looking for submissions from Indigenous, racialized, and queer poets although we recognize in the case of Indigenous poets that the colonial claim being made by the title of our series will be very carefully qualified within the text.

We also have an interest in French language poetry from Acadians but as yet we do not have systems in place to process such submissions. Therefore, we proceed on a solicitation-only basis.


We run the Frog Hollow Chapbook Contest every year, though we do see years ahead in which we’ll skip the practice. This year, 2018, we ARE running the contest. Submissions are welcome from April 1 to June 30. See below for instructions.


Got book-length criticism on poetry? Let us see! The wicket never closes. We have worked very hard to encourage people to contribute to the Literary Criticism Series and despite constant effort with direct solicitation, we find that Canadian poets very much prefer to be written about rather than doing the work of writing about others. This series constitutes our effort to rise the tide for everyone. Do not send us your manuscript if you are not prepared to invest in terms of labour. We will work with you to make your book of criticism the best it can be.


Accept random unsolicited submissions of poetry that aren’t about/with dis/ability or aren’t by New Brunswickers outside of our contest window.

Email queries that are answerable by consulting the pre-existing content of this page will be ignored.


  • (1) Timely response, within reason. If we feel delays are unsupportable by us, we will say so.
  • (2) Respectful correspondence. I wouldn’t say we have a “zero tolerance” policy, for I do understand that people come from different places and experiences; but consider yourself warned that if the press feels it is being disrespected, we will warn once, and then we’ll not need to again.
  • (3) Collaboration, within reason! We like working with authors on design. But Caryl Peters has ultimate say and if she doesn’t like your idea, she’s free to reject it. I also speak my mind about design and sometimes Caryl and I don’t see things the same way. Welcome to the collaboration.


Don’t submit to this chapbook press if you expect payment. If this is news to you, we encourage you to get more experience in the world of micropress which is not funded by government. (We do provide 10 copies of your chapbook for free and then a significant discount on remaining copies.)

We don’t do launches, it’s your responsibility and we prefer that you hold one. Otherwise your book tends not to sell and success is you selling your book and that book being read. Sometimes, though, I do arrange launches in the city of Toronto because it’s close by. But not always.


Frog Hollow Press is proud to announce
its 4th Chapbook Contest.

Submissions accepted April 1 to June 30, 2018.

Remember, our contest window is a general, open window for the denoted period. The only restriction, as with all our other series, is that the submitter must be a Canadian national. We are very proud of our contest because it has brought forward many strong new voices in Canadian poetry.

The contest is free to enter.

Send poems written in English - translations are welcome, but there must be an English translation.

Manuscripts should be from 12-30 pages in length, NOT including title page, acknowledgements, etc.

DO NOT include identifying data in the ms.
If you do, you will be disqualified. The Press prides itself on selecting contest manuscripts blind.

Do not submit your manuscript if you intend to republish the material within a year in a trade collection or other edition. This means “within a year” of our possible publication of your work, not from the time you send it to us for consideration in the contest. Don’t waste our time.

We are interested in receiving materials from all Canadians, including from the racialized/genderqueer/seniors/disabled. That there is no entry fee already signals that we are interested in submissions from the financially challenged.

Poets at all stages of career may submit.

A shortlist will be generated some time after the contest closes.

Some of the poets on the shortlist will be approached for possible publication. Such publication is dependent on whether the poet and editor can develop a working relationship.

The winner of the contest will be published by Frog Hollow Press.

Keep in mind the above — send submissions to

Occasional Books — chapbooks


  • You must be a Canadian resident — no exceptions.


  • Do not send us your manuscript unless you have been previously published in a trade book, chapbook or a recognized literary journal.

(please do not MAIL submissions)

  • A short bibliography of your previously published work.
  • A 5-page sample from your manuscript. Do not email a full submission unless you have been invited to do so.
  • At least 50% of your manuscript must be new work (previously unpublished).
  • Kindly inform us if this is a serial submission.

If you require further information please email us.

We are also accepting proposals for the following series:
Please email us, giving a brief description of your proposal, your own publication history and a brief biography.

Frog Hollow Series

1 — Contemporary Canadian Poets Series:

This series features the work of established Canadian writers in limited edition, small book formats (100 pages or less);

  • Volume one: David Solway, editor, Demilunes: little windows on Quebec, 2005.

  • Volume two: A.F. Moritz, Now That You Revive, 2007.

  • Volume three: Sharon McCartney, Against, 2007.

  • Volume four: Shane Neilson, Exterminate My Heart, 2008.

  • Volume five: Wayne Clifford, Learning to Dance
    with a Peg Leg: three dozen tunes for a third mate
    , 2009.

  • Volume six: M.Travis Lane, The Book of Widows, 2010.

  • Volume seven: David Helwig, Seawrack, 2013.

  • Volume eight: Ross Leckie, The Critique of Pure Reason, 2013.

The work in question can be completely new material (as in the case of A.F. Moritz’s Now That You Revive);
material previously published in another format (as in David Solway's translations in Demilunes);
or it can be a new thematic selection of poetry by a living author chosen and introduced by a second party.

We will accept proposals from writers with published trade books or other publications. Your proposal should include: your name, the name of the poet whose work would be featured (if different), a possible theme for the book and some information about yourself.

2 — Canadian Masters Series:

This series features the writing of deceased Canadian poets, as introduced by a younger generation of contemporary writers.

  • Volume one: Alden Nowlan & Illness, ed. Shane Neilson, 2005.

  • Volume two: John Glassco and the Other Montreal, ed. Carmine Starnino, 2011.

We will accept proposals from established writers.
Please email us, giving a brief description of your proposal, your own publication history and a brief biography.

3 — Literary Criticism Monographs:

  • 1. Fatherhood: The Poetry of Wayne Clifford, 2011.

  • 2. Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone, 2011.

  • 3. Dr. Acorn or: How I Joined the Canadian Liberation Movement and Learned to Love the Stern Nurse Fusion Bomb Sun, 2013.

  • 4. Living in the Orchard: the poetry of Peter Sanger, Amanda Jernigan, 2014.

  • 5. How Thought Feels: the poetry of M.Travis Lane, Jan Zwicky, Jeanette Lynes and Shane Neilson, 2015.

  • 6. Am, Be: the poetry of Wayne Clifford, M.Travis Lane, Jeffery Donaldson, Ingrid Ruthig and Shane Neilson, 2018.

Please email us with your proposal only.

4 — New Brunswick Chapbook Series:

Featuring short fiction, poetry and drama by selected New Brunswick writers.

  • Volume 1: The Noise of the Weeping of the People. Short fiction by Nancy Bauer, 2016.

  • Volume 2: mouth human must die. Short fiction by Lee D. Thompson, 2017.

  • Volume 3: Core Sample. Poetry by Ian LeTourneau, 2017.

  • Volume 4: Voyages & Reves. Poetry by Hermenegilde Chiasson, 2017.(French Language)

  • Volume 5: The Varying Hare. Poetry by Tammy Armstrong, 2018.

  • Volume 6: One Year After. Play by AM Vaughan, 2018.

Please email us with your proposal only.

5 — The Kid Series:

Anthologies — poems about children.

  • Volume 1: Play: Poems about childhood, Shane Neilson, editor, 2014

  • Volume 2: The Child Alone, Brian Bartlett, editor, 2015.

Please email us with your proposal only.

5 — The City Series

Informal chapbook anthologies featuring the work of previously unpublished poets chosen by guest editors — the series will be location/city-based.

  • Number 1: The City Series — Vancouver, Michael Prior, editor, 2015.

  • Number 2: The City Series — Fredericton, Rebecca Salazar, editor, 2015.

  • Number 3: The City Series — Toronto, Jess Taylor, editor, 2016.

  • Number 4: The City Series — Edmonton, Claire Kelly, editor, 2016.

  • Number 5: The City Series — Halifax, Chantelle Rideout, editor, 2016.

  • Number 6: The City Series — Montreal, Patrick Kelly, editor 2017

  • Number 7: The City Series — London, ON, Andy Verboom, editor 2018.

Please email us with your proposal only.

Contact information:

Caryl Peters
Frog Hollow Press
1758 Armstrong Avenue
Victoria, BC V8R 5S6

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