Announcement: Annual Chapbook Contest Winner

By |October 5th, 2016|Chapbook News, Contests|0 Comments

2016 Encircle Publications Annual Chapbook Contest Winner!

Encircle Publications is thrilled to announce that MK Sukach’s chapbook manuscript Hypothetically Speaking is the winner of the 2016 Encircle Publications Annual Chapbook Contest. The prize includes $250, publication of the winning manuscript by Encircle Publications and 25 free copies of the chapbook. Hypothetically Speaking will be published in late-December 2016. You can pre-order by following this link:

MK Sukach is the author of the chapbook, Something Impossible Happens (Big Wonderful Press), 2014.

MK Sukach

MK Sukach

His poetry and reviews appear in a number of journals to include BlazeVox, Sharkpack Poetry Review, The Journal, Connotation Press, Spoon River Poetry Review, Construction Magazine, Yemassee, and others. Visit his website at:

Poems in Hypothetically Speaking deal with anxiety, fear, suffering, revenge, deceit, and self-loathing. Sukach tips the scales off of this chaos and confusion with the edifice of philosophy. The result is a wonderfully if ironically jeweled collage of stoic poetic nuggets both rich and meaningful. Hypothetically Speaking is both a fun and thoughtful read certain to entertain.

Since 2011 Encircle Publications has offered an annual chapbook contest. In addition to the cash prize and free books, winners also receive discount on additional copies, royalties on copies sold, discounted promotional materials (bookmarkers/postcards) and marketing assistance. Our authors hail from all over the U.S. and our chaps have gone on to win additional awards.

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Exciting New Chapbook Release

By |August 31st, 2016|Chapbook News|0 Comments

Love is Breaking Plates in the GardenWe are pleased to announce a new chapbook release: Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden by D.S. Maolalai.

Unrorean Editor Devin McGuire says of Maolalai’s poetry:

“I’ve been publishing the work of D.S. Maolalai for a handful of years now. His story is an old one—love and loss—and an overwhelmingly familiar one by now. But every now and then a writer comes along with a voice that makes the familiar seem new and exciting again. Maolalai isn’t a conventional poet. Like all the thrashings of young hearts his free verse is a wild and jagged one, spewed across the page in fits, starts, and runs that often ramble downhill picking up and kicking off whatever detritus his leaky heartbrain has been availed of. Think beat lit. Think free jazz.”

Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden is now available for pre-order from the Encircle Publications Book Store. This is a chapbook you won’t want to miss!

Praise for Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden


D.S. Maolalai writes a travelogue of beds, bars, and the first regrets of love. The poems are done with such craft and immediacy that even the jaded are compelled to feel again the bewildering, blessed wind of youth’s finest mistakes—the promiscuous ego, the inevitable tinderbox of young love, the nights only remembered by scribbles on napkins. Yet after the tempest quiets, you feel in these poems the shaping of an essential tenderness and wisdom, the contours of which linger in the mind well after the book is closed.

—Frank Montesonti, author of Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope


D.S. Maolalai’s poetry rings loudly from the heart. He captures all the unravelling and painful moments of a relationship with a poetic skill that screams through a sea of emotions in powerful waves. A confident addition to our poetic landscape.

—Domenico Capilongo

Sample poem from Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden


Something About Love

When she came to my cabin that night
I could tell by the smell of her
that she had been with him again—
she was drunk and swaying
and I pulled her close to me by the hips
and let her lean in for the kiss
before I pushed her away
along the side of the bunk
and she made a quiet sound
and her hand grasped the bedsheets as she fell,
so they fell with her
legs whipping in a tangle of pasty green fabric.
I went to my suitcase and brought out
a bottle and two glasses;
the drink spilled
with the pitch and toss of the ship
and somewhere I heard thunder:

She got up and came to me again
but I held her off with a hand,
just drank.
Somewhere on this ship there were
people that still loved one another
and still tolerated each other’s messes, bullshit,
snake thoughts, unhappiness and hysterical tiny fists
but I finished the glass and threw it at the wall
and stared at her eyes
with an ageing hatred like wine
and she said something about love
half mumbling with fishvoice
but I could see her hands trembling
from the force of trying to stay
and perhaps from the blow of the wall against
her head
and I gave her the other whiskey
and turned to the bottle
and told her to get the hell out:

She left rambling the corridors with
that glass in her hand
and she still had it hours later
when she came back to me crying
and the storm had gotten worse
and I steadily more drunk
decided that I didn’t care what she had done
or why or with whom
and I picked her up and pulled
her to the bunk, jamming her panties sideways and
jerking at her dress and at my trousers
and the ship rolled with panic
a million mackerel and swordfish
tossed by ruin and I pressed my mouth onto her mouth:
She was always crying crying crying
and again, she said something about love
and kissed me
while the whiskey glass banged around loudly on the floor
and on deck men slid about
like greased billiards,
trying to keep the ship
from going down.

About the poet

D.S. MaolalaiOriginally from Dublin, D.S. Maolalai graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature before leaving to spend two years living in North London, typing poems on the nights he he didn’t spend on answering phones at a variety of security jobs. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, including Killing the Angel, The Belleville Park Pages, Whistling Shade and the Unrorean, by whom he was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. He recently moved to Canada, and currently lives in downtown Toronto, where he spends his days walking around the city, reading in bars and scribbling notes on the backs of receipts. Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden is his first book.


New chapbook release

By |March 21st, 2016|Chapbook News|0 Comments

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We are pleased to announce a new chapbook release: A Journal of the Drought Year by Don Thompson. This book of poems explores the arid and brittled facets of experience in living out a year of the enduring California drought. A Journal of the Drought Year is now available for pre-order from the Encircle Publications Book Store. This is a chapbook you won’t want to miss!

Praise for A Journal of the Drought Year:

Don Thompson is a poet with reverence for the natural world, and in his spare but elegant poems he writes about the condition that haunts California today-the drought (“Our rain must be brooding somewhere…” and “The plants that make it/have sparse foliage like an afterthought…”). Thompson creates songs of wonder and hope in A Journal of the Drought Year, transforming the desert world he inhabits into a place where poets can engage in spiritual contemplation, live in the Now and take “lessons in silence,” riding, as one poem puts it, with the Holy Ghost all night if the need arises.
He creates tenable, direct verse about the scarcity of water in an unresponsive and fierce landscape, describing a place of sage and mesquite, dry grass, parched wind and shimmering rock, believing “that next year or the next, water/will flow down from Sacramento, more than a trickle.” In A Journal of the Drought Year, Thompson deals with the loneliness and alienation of contemporary times but with skill and sure instinct, he captures the “words that sometimes come hard,” yet…”hum like a flute underwater,/a note of hope-/this is what you have.”

Diane Moore, Louisiana author, poet (Strand of Beads, Border Press), and blogger, “A Word’s Worth” (

Sample from Entries from a Journal of the Drought Year


After the drought has gone on
and on for a season so unimaginable
no one has ever named it,
the not-a-rainbow will form,
its bands in the primary colors
of dust…

God promising never again
by desiccation, by slow withering.
And then the rain, the rain,
finally the rain

About the poet:

DonThompsonRecently chosen as the first Poet Laureate of Kern County, California, Don Thompson was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, and has lived in the southern San Joaquin Valley for most of his life. Now retired from teaching in the prison system, he lives with his wife, Chris, on her family’s farm in the house that has been home to four generations. Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties, including a dozen books and chapbooks. For more information and links to his publications, visit his website San Joaquin Ink (


Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene reviews Surowiecki’s Missing Persons

By |February 18th, 2016|chapbook reviews|0 Comments

To read the review click below:

Missing Persons by John Surowiecki


Chapbook Open Submissions. Get published!

By |January 7th, 2016|Chapbook News|0 Comments

Encircle Publication’s reading period for open chapbook submissions is now open!  Submit Here
Cover for Answers Instead by Edward J. Rielly Answers Instead by Edward J Rielly is our most recent publication from our open reading periods. Stanford M. Forrester, Editor of bottle rockets and past President of the Haiku Society of America says of Answers Instead  “Each poem in this book evokes the past, but puts us in the present. Once we’ve read these poems, they will unavoidably stay with us for a very long time. This collection of poems is that good. Ed Rielly is a master poet and this book is destined to become part of the American haiku canon.”

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Just in time for the holidays

By |November 24th, 2015|news|0 Comments

Gift Cards!

Encircle now offers gift cards for purchase. Gift cards are good for ANY product listed at the Encircle Publications webstore.

Instructions for purchase:

Customer goes through normal purchase process – Add to cart, checkout, payment, etc.

Quantity can adjusted, if customer wants to purchase more than one gift-card/credit, i.e., A credit for $100 in the form of gifts of $50 each for 2 people. Customer would enter 100 in provided box and increase the quantity to 2.

On checkout page, customer can enter recipient’s details and add a personalized message, if they want to forward the gift-card/credit to someone else.

After payment is completed, a gift-card/credit is generated and forwarded via e-mail to recipient(s).


Encircle Announces its 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominations

By |November 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize for 2015!

“Listening to John Coltrane With My Baby Daughter” by David Stankiewicz
from the Aurorean poetry journal Vol. XX Issue 2, 2015

“After Montana” by Ellaraine Lockie
from Where the Meadowlark Sings (chapbook), 2015

“The Red Bones” by Steve Ausherman
from Marking the Bend (chapbook), 2015

“When the Poetry’s Gone” by Gustav Peterson
from When the Poetry’s Gone (chapbook), 2015

“Deer at Sunset” by Laurel Mills
from Hidden Seed (chapbook), 2015

“Elegy for a Copywriter” by John Surowiecki
from Missing Persons (chapbook), forthcoming, December 2015

Encircle’s 2015 publications include two issues of the Aurorean poetry journal, two issues of the Unrorean poetry broadsheet, and five chapbooks. We congratulate all the nominees, and are thankful for the opportunity to publish so many fine poets throughout the year.

Our 5th Annual Chapbook Contest Winner

By |November 14th, 2015|Chapbook News, Contests|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that John Surowiecki has won our 2015 (5th Annual) Chapbook Contest with his manuscript, Missing Persons.

Missing Persons will be available mid-December, and is now available for pre-order.

What Reviewers are Saying:

John Surowiecki is one of our bravest and most humane poets. He is a master of of the elegy, and his considerable talents are on display in Missing Persons, a chapbook that echoes with the music of other lives—lively mazurkas and lonely soprano solos alike.
—Shelley Puhak, author of Guinevere in Baltimore, winner of the 2014 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

The missing persons of John Surowiecki will not settle quietly into anonymity.  He elevates lost or forgotten souls out of absence and makes their presence felt, starkly and simply through his exact and moving imagery. These poems are taut and elegiac—heartbreaking, but never despairing. By resurrecting memories through these poignant portraits, Surowiecki offers “the company of words,” as he helps us “understand how the earth absorbs” our loss.
—Amy Nawrocki, author of Reconnaissance and Four Blue Eggs

John Surowiecki is the author of four books of poetry—Flies (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), Barney and Gienka (CW Press, 2010), The Hat City after Men Stopped Wearing Hats (Washington Prize, Word Works, 2007) and Watching Cartoons before Attending a Funeral (White Pine Prize, White Pine Press, 2003)—and seven chapbooks. He is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s first Pegasus Award for verse drama for his play, My Nose and Me (A TragedyLite or TragiDelight in 33 Scenes), which was performed in New York (AWP), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the University of Connecticut, and Notre Dame of Maryland University. Surowiecki was awarded the Nimrod Pablo Neruda Prize, and the runner up prize at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition. He has won a number of other contests, including those sponsored by Georgia State Review and Common Ground Review. He was also awarded a Poetry Fellowship by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. In addition, Surowiecki’s work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Twentieth Anniversary Anthology (Wesleyan University Press, 2012, the Hecht Prize Anthology (Waywiser Press, 2012), and Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books 2008), and in Alaska Quarterly Review, Carolina Review, Folio, Indiana Review, Margie, Oyez Review, Mississippi Review, Nimrod, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Redivider, The Southern Review,West Branch, Yemassee, and many other journals.

Surowiecki joins Lisa Bellamy, Laurel Mills, Jeri Theriault, and Ellaraine Lockie in our fine lineup of Annual Chapbook Contest winners.

Our Commitment to Haiku

By |September 1st, 2015|Chapbook News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

AnswersInsteadsmOver the past almost 20 years, the Aurorean has demonstrated its commitment to publishing haiku by dedicating a section in each issue to the best haiku we can find. Publisher/Editor Cynthia’s view: “The practice of the ancient art of haiku helps poets in all facets of their poetry writing. It helps poets clear away the clutter, and hone down to the necessary images and centeredness of our work.” With this commitment in mind, we are pleased to announce publication of our first all-haiku chapbook of poetry, Answers Instead: a life in haiku by Edward J. Rielly, coming in September.

Stanford M. Forrester, Editor of bottle rockets and past president of the Haiku Society of America says, “Each poem in this book evokes the past, but puts us in the present. Once we’ve read these poems, they will unavoidably stay with us for a very long time. This collection of poems is that good. Ed Rielly is a master poet and this book is destined to become part of the American haiku canon.”

Answers Instead is now available for pre-order and we are pleased to offer this chapbook to the Aurorean’s long-time haiku readers and writers for their permanent haiku collections.

Chapbook Contest Updated Guidelines

By |August 20th, 2015|Chapbook News, Contests|0 Comments


Dear potential Annual Chapbook Contest entrants. We’ve amended our contest guidelines to be less stringent in hopes that more poets have a chance to submit to this growing contest. Specifically…

We now accept simultaneous submissions to our Annual Chapbook Contest.

Please visit our chapbook contest page and review the amended contest guidelines.

Best of luck!!!