Raven Chapbooks

Raven Chapbooks

Raven Chapbooks is an independent press located on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, founded by Diana Hayes.  This family venture first began in the late 1990s as Rainbow Publishers. The press has now turned its focus to poetry chapbooks featuring emerging and established British Columbia poets.


Raven Chapbooks announces the 2024 Poetry Chapbook Contest
Winner and Finalists.. read more ..


2023 Poetry Contest Winner

Green Islands, Poems from the Great Bear Rainforest by Ian Thomas

NEW fall 2023 release

doom eager by Karl Meade

INDIGO SERIES 2023 Chapbooks

Wild Kin by Marlene Grand Maître
Sentient Stones by Susan McCaslin

Click on book covers for more information and to order books…


This contest is the chance of a lifetime for a poet. What you win is more than simply publication of your work. You win the chance to give your words their best, most beautiful home. I’m a bookseller as well as a poet, and it was my dream to publish a book that I would be proud to stock in my store — a book that was as satisfying an object to hold in my hands as the poems inside were satisfying to write. Raven Chapbooks fulfilled that dream.

Zoe Dickinson, winner of the 2022 Raven Chapbooks contest

Winner of the 2023 Poetry Chapbook Contest:

Green Islands, Poems from the Great Bear Rainforest by Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas for
Green Islands, Poems from the Great Bear Rainforest

Born in Vancouver, Ian Thomas has a lifelong passion for the ecosystems and wildlife of the coastal rainforest. A biologist by training, Ian received his master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Windsor in Ontario. He currently works for the Ancient Forest Alliance, a non-profit that works to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests. GREEN ISLANDS is Ian’s first published book. He has self-published two books of poetry: Twa Corbies: a Celebration of Crows and Ravens through Poetry and Photographs, and Wild Cultures: Nature Poetry and Photographs from Coastal British Columbia.

To order his book, click here