Hidden Charm Press Chapbook Contest 2014

Deadline: October 15, 2014

Fee: $15.00 USD

HCP Publisher and MoJo! Editor Mignon Ariel King is the final judge.

The HCP Poetry Chapbook Contest 2014 prize includes publication, 10 copies of the winning title, and 1 copy of HCP’s 2013 Extra MoJo! anthology. HCP is a small press which uses print-on-demand technology, distributing via Amazon.

The contest is open to Black women writers over the age of 21. Manuscripts must be written in the English language by the submitting writer. Translations are not eligible for this contest. Previously published manuscripts are not eligible, but individual poems that have been published in journals may be included in manuscripts.

While there are no theme or style restrictions per se, HCP reflects a preference for a very personal perspective. A detached, journalistic, omniscient viewpoint is not wanted. Graphic or gratuitous violence and sex; crude, defamatory or bigoted language; and zealously religious or lecturing political works will not be appreciated much less published. Rhythm is a beautiful thing, but an entire manuscript of rhymed verse is not of interest. The poems should make sense separately and somehow function as a whole rather than seeming to be randomly collected.

Check for an idea of what the publisher is looking for on the MoJo! tab.


Use a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial; 12 pt. Mailed submissions must be on  8 ½” x11” white paper. Electronic submissions must be in an attached Word doc. Include:

1. A cover page with your name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, the title of the work, and a bio. The bio should be 3-5 sentences maximum. Do not send an artist’s resume; it is irrelevant to whether or not your manuscript will be chosen for publication. Feel free to include your writer’s web site or blog address.

2. Table of Contents.

3. A chapbook-length manuscript, 24-30 single-spaced poems. Give the poems titles.

4. A non-refundable reading fee of $15.00 USD  (Checks: Drawn on US banks only.  Money orders: US Post Office only.  Paypal address: mojo_hcp@outlook.com )

Reading fees help defray the significant cost of maintaining a small press and awarding the contest winner copies of her book.  Either mail a hard copy with a check/money order or e-mail a Word doc attachment after sending the fee via Paypal.

5. Optional: SASE for manuscript return. All updates will be announced on the web site.

The winning manuscript will be announced in December, 2014 and published in 2015.

Fees received after the deadline will be returned; however, late manuscripts will be recycled.

Mailing address:

Hidden Charm Press

246 South Huntington Ave., #9

Boston, MA 02130










Coming in 2014

Dropping the Mask: non-Academic reflections of a womanist writer (memoir)

Book I of the Autobiography of Mignon Ariel King, a trilogy in 3 genres

Cover image: copyright 2012 Patricia Wallace Jones

Cover image: “With My Own Eyes” Patricia Wallace Jones,     copyright 2012


Extra MoJo! — On Sale Now

HCPs Extra MoJo! is on sale HERE.  A paperback anthology by 21 Black women writers.  Poetry.  Memoir.  Social Commentary. 

Featuring the best of Issues 1-10 of the online journal  MoJo(See archived work examples on the MoJo! tab above.)


Cover Art:  “Happy Thoughts” c. 2012 by Jessica Grundy

Introducing Hidden Charm Press

New small press for Black and African-American women’s memoir and poetry!

This is the sister press of MoJo! –an online literary magazine.