Rabbit Catastrophe Press is based in Lexington, KY. We publish:
- Rabbit Catastrophe Review, an annual print literary journal of experimental and traditional poetry, including the winners of our annual Real Good Poem Prize
- Chapbooks of poetry chosen from our Girls Like Us chapbook contest
- Various print ephemera, such as broadsides, bookmarks, stickers, buttons, etc.
Our Printing Process
Our books are hand made with a variety of perfect and sewn bindings, and our covers are screenprinted by local and regional printmakers. The design staff loves to experiment with new techniques and materials, so the look changes with each piece we publish. Because everything is made by humans, each copy of a book is unique.
We feel that visually and textually pleasing printed texts provide the physical space to contemplate literature and art slowly and thoroughly.
A Note About Our Title
“Rabbit Catastrophe” is the title of a Robert Musil story from his 1936 collection Posthumous Papers of a Living Author. Read it here.
Managing Editor - Robin LaMer Rahija
Poetry Editor - Kristen Renee Miller
Binder - Greg Lamer
Girls Like Us Chapbook Series Editor: Danni Quintos
Readers: Serena Devi, Hannah Rose Neuhauser, Hannah Rego
Real Good Poem Prize
Opens: March 1, 2018
Deadline: April 8, 2018
Judge: Kaveh Akbar
Our annual single poem contest. $1,000 for the winning poem, plus 25 original limited edition broadsides and publication in Rabbit Catastrophe Review. Finalists will also be published in RCR. Send up to three REAL GOOD POEMS.
A fee of $25 includes a copy of the limited edition broadside of the winning poem.
Rabbit Catastrophe Press is dedicated to publishing writers marginalized from mainstream literary communities. If you are queer, of color, trans, differently abed, outside academia, or otherwise commonly excluded, we encourage you to submit. Any optional, personal information is welcome in your cover letter and will be kept confidential. While our goal is to find and celebrate an exceptional poem, we want to make it clear that Rabbit Catastrophe is a welcoming place for all writers.
The winner will be announced June 2018.
- No previously published works accepted for publication.
- Poems must be written in English. If the work is a translation, the original work must have not been previously published in English nor its original language. The translator must have express written permission from the rights holder to submit the work for contests and publication.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we must be notified immediately if any poems are accepted elsewhere. Submission fees cannot be refunded.
- No cover sheet in your document is needed. Blind submissions are never really blind, so we are not even going to pretend. Any optional, personal information is welcome in your Submittable cover letter and will be kept confidential.
- Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted. Each group of three poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with an additional $25 fee.
- Close friends and family of the Rabbit Catastrophe Press staff and the judge are ineligible. We define close friends as anyone we would invite to a slumber party.