What an EP is for a musician, is a chapbook for a writer: a ‘business card’ showing their potential. Therefore chapbooks are an important step in our talent development trajectory. A chapbook is a small literary publication which functions as a starting point for conversations with publishers and contract negotiations with national publishing houses. Besides, the chapbooks are being used to draw attention of literary professionals like festival organisers.
During the creation and writing of the chapbook, the writers will be guided by one of our editors. The writer gets to choose an illustrator to design the chapbook’s cover. In this way these young designers are offered a new platform to display their work.
Once a chapbook is published it is presented at a specially organised event in an unique performance developed by the writer. De Nieuwe Oost | Wintertuin also determines a marketing strategy combining its own network and that of the writer. The entire process is a close collaboration between us and the writer, in which the needs and possibilities of the writer are key.
© Christiaan Schulte Schultz
Christiaan Schulte Schultz
Chapbooks. Foto: Studio Schulte Schultz
In september 2018 the Dutch digital literary magazine notulenvanhetonzichtbare.nl launched. Every season it presents new minutes (notulen): stories, poems, reviews, essays, illustrations, videos and podcasts. In addition, every year four note takers put together their selection. The reader decides which of these selections he or she wants to read.
Besides presenting minutes and chapbooks De Nieuwe Oost | Wintertuin also puts out extraordinary publications under the impact departement. In this department we recall, record and share the stories of older people with the Verhalenhuisbundels and of those who have fled to the Netherlands in the book Humans of Heumensoord. See Impact & Outreach for more information about these projects.