We want to fund projects by fine arts students, poets and creatives (emerging, professional – we don’t care)

JackPine Press is looking for chapbook proposals that feature visual content, excellent writing, and  great book design. Our mandate is to print literary bookworks: this includes graphic novels, poetry, short essays, or whatever your incredible brain deems worth putting permanently in ink on bound paper. Attention to literary merit, typography and binding techniques will be considered.* Technically, a chapbook is 32 pages, so the one rule is to keep it short, elegant and simple.

Big Time Perks

Successful proposals will receive funding ($1500) to make a limited edition chapbook. You’ll also get paid a reading fee to present your work at a launch/poetry reading in Saskatoon, so if you’re from out of town, congratulations! You’ll win an all-expense-paid trip to the Paris of the Prairies for our next launch. If you’re interested in a career in writing, printing, publishing, or making art and getting paid, this would be an excellent experience for you.

Old-Fashioned Awesome

We were analog before it became trendy, because we’ve always been small and a de facto DIY group. Now, we have a letterpress proofing press at Creative Commons studio for you to print your awesome project, and people to support you in digital design, typography, copy-editing, and production. Check out our “Buy” section to see the catalogue of projects we’ve done.

Printed objects are our thing, so it’s no surprise we’d like to see your prototype – a finished example that shows the book object you’d like to create in a limited edition. It’s not a requirement, but some of us find using our imaginations to be quite tedious, so it really helps.

Usually, projects are produced in limited editions of 75, and are sold for $30, but we are open to alternative print runs (and pricing) depending on materials. Especially if they are rare or extra pretty materials, which we also like (but don’t get too carried away with bells and whistles – we are looking for simple, dangle-free book design).

To Submit:

If you’re awesome, and you have a chapbook idea, please send your:

  •  manuscript
  •  design proposal
  •  CV

to JackPine Press, PO Box 7731, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 4R5, OR email them to [email protected]. If possible, include a brief breakdown of your projected materials budget and any images relevant to your project.

*(boxes or unbound loose pages in a container are a big NO-NO, partly because binding pages together shows mad bookmaking skill, but also because we can’t submit unbound works to book design awards, and we’re kind of superficial like that.)

Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with any questions.