Poets and Chapbooks: What You Need to Know

Writers' Block Poetry Night

by Scott Woods


It is the rare artist that creates for no one, so it should come as no surprise that just about every poet wants to be published at some point in their lives. One of the most common questions from poets is whether or not to publish a chapbook. Below are some things to consider in your decision.

What’s a chapbook?
A chapbook is a small booklet of writing. For poets, this is typically a short collection of poetry, hitting at around 40 pages or less (including non-poetry pages). Most of the ones you’ll come across are just 8.5 x 11 inch paper booklets folded in half and stapled with a cardstock cover.

Should I publish a chapbook?
It depends on why you want to. Do you want people to read your poetry? Do you want thousands of people to read your poetry? Do you want people to…

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