The Offending Adam publishes new writing alongside innovative editorial engagement that invites readers into the context, history, and processes of literary creation. We seek chapbooks for digital publication. 

The Offending Adam is a nonprofit digital chapbook publisher, with a subscription model that prioritizes supporting authors. 


What constitutes a chapbook? You tell us. We think somewhere around 20 pages is a good length to shoot for, but what’s most important is that the work has some kind of a throughline and establishes a coherent voice, project, or method. Although we have primarily published poetry, we are open to all genres. We see a clear need for new, exciting voices to churn up the stodgy, inaccessible, exclusionary verse we’ve encountered in establishment publications and academic settings.


Simultaneous submissions are O.K. Translations are O.K. It’s O.K. if portions of the chapbook were previously published, as long as you retain the rights. We will not consider chapbooks that were previously published in full, unless you can demonstrate that the work is currently out of print and you retain the rights. Please include acknowledgements if relevant.


Accepted works will be published on our website and authors may be asked to appear on the TOA podcast. Authors will share in subscription revenue. Thank you for adding a subscription to your submission and supporting TOA artists! 


Subscription options:

  • $9 — 3-month digital subscription. 
  • $15 — 3-month digital subscription PLUS. (Gets you the same TOA subscription, but your additional funds go directly to supporting artists.)
  • $30 — 3-month digital subscription PLUS. (Gets you the same TOA subscription, but your additional funds go directly to supporting artists.)


You'll receive instructions for accessing your TOA subscription in your submission confirmation email.

The Offending Adam is a nonprofit digital chapbook publisher, with a subscription model that prioritizes supporting authors. 

What constitutes a chapbook? You tell us. We think somewhere around 20 pages is a good length to shoot for, but what’s most important is that the work has some kind of a throughline and establishes a coherent voice, project, or method. Although we have primarily published poetry, we are open to all genres. We see a clear need for new, exciting voices to churn up the stodgy, inaccessible, exclusionary verse we’ve encountered in establishment publications and academic settings.

Simultaneous submissions are O.K. Translations are O.K. It’s O.K. if portions of the chapbook were previously published, as long as you retain the rights. We will not consider chapbooks that were previously published in full, unless you can demonstrate that the work is currently out of print and you retain the rights. Please include acknowledgements if relevant.

Accepted works will be published on our website and authors may be asked to appear on the TOA podcast. Authors will share in subscription revenue. Submissions are free, but please consider adding a subscription to your submission to help us support artists. 

The Offending Adam