Submit to the Start A Riot! Chapbook Prize

In response to rapid gentrification and displacement of QTBIPOC+ literary artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in celebration of these communities’ revolutionary history, Foglifter Press, RADAR Productions, and Still Here San Francisco joined forces to create a chapbook prize for local emerging queer and trans black writers, indigenous writers, and writers of color. Each year, one chapbook author is awarded publication, a $1,000 prize, and promotion, as well as a spot on RADAR’s Sister Spit tour.







Submitter is a QTBIPOC+ literary artist

AND is a current resident of the larger San Francisco Bay Area

AND does not have a previous full-length publication in their submission genre




Manuscript Details:

prose (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel, hybrid, cross-genre)

25 pages (maximum)




Important Dates:

 Submissions: September 1 to November 1, 2021 (Extended to December 1, 2021!)

Results Announced: Spring 2022

Chapbook Release: Fall 2022





The Judges

Gabriele Christian

Gabriele Christian (they/them), aka doom body, is an american artist specializing in experimental composition, high dramatics, social practice, and poetics. For more than ten years, their work has metabolized the vernaculars within the BlaQ (Black+Queer) diaspora—futurity, afrovivalism, slippage—through body-based live stage or public space performances, curation, workshops, collaborations, and digital interventions on their IG: @doom_body. At the heart of all of their work, they strive to center oral traditions and movement as conduits for equitable conversations around belonging, spirit, rage, desirability, abundance, and care.

Chekwube Danladi

Chekwube Danladi (she/her/hers) is the author of Semiotics (Georgia, 2020), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Apogee, Black Girl Dangerous, Quarterly West, the Kenyon Review, West Branch, Foglifter, jubilat, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from Callaloo, Kimbilio, the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. From Lagos by way of West Baltimore, she is currently based in Chicago, where she teaches writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Reid Gómez

Reid Gómez (she/hers) is a writer and scholar from Potrero Hill, San Francisco. Her work has been published in Auburn Avenue: The Gender Issue, Still Here San Francisco, Eleven Eleven, Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women, Bay Poetics, and Latina: Women’s Voices From the Borderlands.

2021 Start A Riot! Chapbook Prize Winner

The first winner of the Start A Riot! Chapbook Prize was Nefertiti Asanti (they/them), a poet born and raised in the Bronx and a recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Watering Hole, Lambda Literary, Anaphora Arts, Winter Tangerine, and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Nefertiti’s work can be found at Afropunk, Santa Clara Review, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. Currently, Nefertiti serves as prose poetry editor for Stellium Literary Magazine. Their chapbook, fist of wind, will be released this fall.

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Thru 12/1: @foglifterpress is accepting submissions for Start a Riot! - a chapbook prize for emerging queer and trans BIPOC writers in the San Francisco Bay Area. 1 author will receive publication, a $1K prize, promotion, + a spot on the Sister Spit tour.

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