SLATE ROOF PRESS POETRY CONTESTS

Winners of the Slate Roof Press Poetry Chapbook Contest/Elyse Wolf Prize are awarded publication and $500. We produce beautiful books with letterpress covers by an award-winning bookmaker, using high-quality papers. Elyse Wolf Prize winners become active members of the press, making a three-year commitment, gaining valuable experience in publishing, and participating in monthly meetings and the tasks of running the press. Based in Greenfield, Mass, Slate Roof is a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, publishing art-quality chapbooks since 2004.  

Winners of the Slate Roof Press Glass Prize for an original broadside will each receive $250. Each poem will be printed in a beautiful limited letterpress edition of 100 numbered and signed copies.


2022 ELYSE WOLF PRIZE opens May 1 and closes June 15, 2022. 

To maintain a pool of people easily available for in-person tasks at the press, this year's contest focuses on our traditional home territory of western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. Submitters to the contest must reside in one of the following counties: Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, and Berkshire counties in Massachusetts; or in Windham County, Vermont. Submissions from outside this area will not be considered.

$10/sliding scale reading fee.


MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

As a collaborative, we are dedicated to publishing the best work and involving poets in the publishing process.  Chapbook contest/Elyse Wolf prize winners agree to a three-year work commitment, averaging 8-10 hours/month, including monthly meetings. The winners work with members toward publication and marketing of his/her/their work, as well as the work of others in the collective. Members receive feedback and editing suggestions on drafts and final manuscript.  


Eighteen Years of Poetry

Slate Roof members are involved in all aspects of publishing. Typical member tasks include reviewing manuscripts, managing consignment accounts, assembling and distributing books, editing and design, book fairs, promotion, and readings, which are essential to book sales. The chapbooks are designed by the poets and our printer; we pay careful attention to typography, paper choice, binding, and cover art. Our current print run is 350 copies; of that, 25 copies are given to the author, and 50 are retained by Slate Roof for promotional purposes. Poets retain copyright.  All profits return to the press. 





1. Review Membership & This Year's Geographical Requirements above. Our collaborative is dedicated to publishing the best in poetry and involving poets in the publishing process. Contest winner will be awarded the 2022 Elyse Wolf Prize of $500 and agrees to a three-year work commitment, averaging 8-10 hours/month, including monthly meetings. He/she/they share work responsibilities for many aspects of publishing, including working with the collaborative to publish and market the winning manuscript, as well as the work of other members. Members receive feedback on drafts, and final manuscripts are edited by Slate Roof members.

This year, submitters to the contest must reside in one of the following  counties: Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, and Berkshire counties in Massachusetts; or in Windham County, Vermont.

2. Prepare your submission, including the following:

  • A title page with the title of the manuscript only; a table of contents page; no more than 28 pages of poems in 12 pt.Times (or equivalent); 8.5 x 11 paper, 1” margins, pages numbered. No identifying information on any pages. Pdf format strongly preferred; .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf acceptable.
  • A separate cover sheet with title of manuscript, your name and address, telephone number, email address, and a short bio that notes collective or group experience you have, or skills related to publishing. Paste the cover sheet into the  “cover letter” text box.
  • Note that while individual poems may have been published, the collection as a whole must be unpublished, including self-publication.

3. Submit $10 reading fee, payable via credit card. All entries will be considered complete once payment is received.

Sliding scale: If the reading fee presents a hardship, please 1) email us your manuscript at info@slateroofpress.com; and 2) go to http://slateroofpress.com/about.html to make a donation in an amount that feels accessible. If you feel you are in a position to make a donation exceeding the $10 reading fee in support of a fellow poet, we welcome your generosity. Your manuscript submission will be considered complete once both the text and the donation have been received.

The winning manuscript will be chosen by the press via a blind review. In addition, we may offer publication and membership to finalists. We reserve the right not to select a winner, in which case entry fees will be refunded. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. For additional information on Slate Roof Press, visit: www.slateroofpress.com, or email us at info@slateroofpress.com.

Deadline for submission: June 15, 2022

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