The Kármán Liminality (100km) Chapbook Prize

Radiant Crown Publishing Presents:

The Kármán Liminality (100km) Annual Chapbook Series

Radiant Crown Publishing seeks new, emerging, and established author’s and poet’s previously unpublished submissions for The Kármán Liminality (100km) Chapbook Prize. The series will comprise of gothic science-fiction, surrealist horror, and or magical realist prose and poetry from those typically on the margins. Works that are transitioning between time and space, and are engrossing should submit.

i want to feel the end of time / rolling against my palms / absorbing the history of ancestral lands / through the gentle whispering of (G)god(s)

Guest Judge: Coming Soon

Past Winners: Larissa Douglass (2017)


  • Participants cannot know the judge or Radiant Crown Publishing staff personally
  • Authors and poets have to identify with one or more marginalized identities such as gender, ability status, age, race or religion


  • Strictly one manuscript per reading period
  • Accompanying art, sketches, doodles, and photos by the author/poet is allowed
  • All entries must have a title page, table of contents, and acknowledgments page (optional)
  • Previously published pieces are acceptable. Include proper credit. The bulk of the entry should be new content
  • Entries must be between 25 and 40 pages, with one poem per page (doesn’t include frontmatter or backmatter)
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine. If accepted elsewhere notify Radiant Crown right away (and congrats!)
  • Encouraged genres or overarching themes are gothic science-fiction, surrealist horror, and or magical realism.


The winner will receive digital (ePub/mobi) and print publication through Radiant Crown Publishing, a $150USD cash prize through PayPal, and 10-25 physical copies of a 100 numbered print run with an ISBN included.

  • All finalist receive free digital editions of the winning chapbook
  • Winning translators will receive $75USD through PayPal, and a copy of their chapbook for helping to bring great work to the English language
  • The winning chapbooks will retail between $6.95-$9.95 (print), $0.99-$2.99 (digital), and an excerpt will be featured in the edition of Helios Quarterly Magazine or Selene Quarterly Magazine coming out before publication. Additionally, the winner and runner-up will receive 40% net royalties on digital and audiobook editions


  • If selected as the winner, a photo will be requested
  • Follow Shunn’s manuscript style for prose and poetry
  • All submissions should be attached as a .doc, .docx (preferred) or a .rtf sent to subs [at]
  • The subject line should read CHAPBOOK: GENRE: TITLE: LENGTH ex). CHAPBOOK: SURREAL HORROR: Bro[ ]Kin: 25 Pages
  • A short cover letter is required. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, recent publications (if any), and include a bio of 150 words

Reading Period:

January 1st- January 31st, 2018 (ends at 11:59 EST)

Announcement: March 2018

Publications of Winners: By March 2019


Any personal information collected (including but not limited to your name, address, email, social media links, and pen name) is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone else unless compelled by law or in the event threats are leveled against the staff.

If a third party contacts Radiant Crown Publishing interested in an author’s or poet’s work, the author/poet will be contacted first to ask permission to share details.

Code of Ethics:

Radiant Crown Publishing respects and upholds the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses recommendations:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.


By sending us your work you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator and copyright holder of the work submitted;
  2. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive electronic & print rights in English, first world translation rights into English, reprint rights, and/or non-exclusive audio rights to the work;
  3. All information submitted is accurate and truthful; and
  4. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.

If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf.

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LAST UPDATED: March 28, 2017