:CB Challenge:


So many writers find themselves, at some point, looking at all the poems and stories they’ve written and wondering aloud, “Okay … now what do I do with you?” For many of us, the next step is to try and get some of our individual pieces published. For others, the goal may be the publication of a book. However, it’s one thing to put together a short selection of 3-6 poems or a few short stories and send them out to various print and online publishers. It’s another thing altogether to organize, structure, format, and submit a book-length manuscript!

This challenge is all about taking the time to get organized, and create a well-thought, well-organized chapbook.

the what

The goal of the Chapbook Challenge is to take on the challenge of getting your work organized into what will become a publishable chapbook. While the challenge uses the length of a poetry chapbook as a “goal” (30 poems is smack dab in the middle of most competitive chapbook length requirements), this is a challenge for all and any writer, so feel free to gather and organize your fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and other work and join in.

the who

Whether you are a poet, a short story or fiction writer, a nonfiction writer, a photographer, or any combination thereof, this challenge is for you. Any type of writer is welcome to join in the Chapbook Challenge!

the why

Maybe you’ve been meaning to put a collection of your work together and just never had the time. Maybe you never knew where to start. Maybe you just want to get your work organized! Whatever your reason, taking on the Our Lost Jungle Chapbook Challenge is an opportunity to kill many birds with one stone, so to speak … and if nothing else, it’s the opportunity to try something new!

the how

The month of February on Our Lost Jungle will be dedicated to posts with helpful tips and advice on collecting, organizing, and structuring your work into a collection of your own. All you have to do to complete this challenge is gather your work and give it a shot! Whether you come to this challenge knowing your only goal is to finally organize your writing, or you come wanting to have a package to present as a chapbook or collection for a contest or your publication goals, you can walk away a winner!

the when

The challenge begins at 12:00:01 AM on February 1 and ends at 11:59:59 PM on February 28, with final steps presented in early March.

Have questions regarding the Chapbook Challenge? Check out the FAQ page!

17 comments:

  1. Wow! Don't know if I'll make it through 28 days, but I could definitely stand some help getting organized! :-/ Thanks for the fb invite! :-]

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  2. Great Idea. Looking forward to this.

    Pamela

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  3. deep breath... exhale...diving in~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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  4. Thank you all! And don't worry ... it's not 28 full days of tasks/challenges; there are just 8 tasks total (two per week), plus a look at some poetry collection/chapbook organizational structures on (most) Fridays! I hope you all enjoy it! :)

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  5. Khara, thanks for the invite! Making a chapbook of some of my writing was a 2013 goal for me. Your challenge gives impetus to get started!

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  6. This is great! Thanks for being right on top of getting us all organized. You're the best, Khara!

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  7. Thanks, Patricia and Rebecca! I can't wait to get started!

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  8. This is all great, Khara. Just what I need. Thanks so much for putting this together.

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  9. My pleasure, Claudette. Hopefully it's helpful!

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  10. Just the kick in the butt for which I've been searching. Thanks Khara :)

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    1. Great! Best of luck to you as we get started on Friday! :)

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    1. That's good to hear, Barbara :) Best of luck to you in the challenge!

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  12. Count me in––this sounds like what I need at this juncture, and I appreciate the time and energy it means on your part. I look forward to a great challenge, a good learning experience, and to all the tips and hints and how-to's. Donna

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    1. Hi, Donna! Thanks for joining in; I hope you find this challenge helpful!

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  13. I'm late reading this post. My chapbook will be 16 to 20 poems.

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Thank you so much for your comments! Please feel free to share your thoughts here; I look forward to engaging in conversation with you!

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