Slate Roof Press

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Slate Roof Press offers an Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest.  The winner of this year's contest will be awarded the 2018 Elyse Wolf Prize of $500.  We produce beautiful books with letterpress covers by an award-winning bookmaker, using high-quality papers.  The winner will become an active member of the press, making a three-year commitment, gaining valuable experience in publishing, and participating in the tasks of running the press.  Based in Greenfield, Mass, Slate Roof is a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, which has published art-quality chapbooks since 2004.  


As a collaborative, we are dedicated to publishing the best work and involving poets in the publishing process.  Contest winner agrees to a three-year work commitment, averaging 8-10 hours/month, including a monthly business meeting in Greenfield, Mass. Contest winner works with members toward publication and marketing of his/her work, as well as the work of others in the collective. Members receive feedback on drafts and final manuscript, as well as suggestions regarding editing. 

Fourteen Years of Poetry

Slate Roof members are involved in all aspects of publishing. Typical member tasks include reviewing manuscripts, managing consignment accounts, assembling books, editing and design, accounting, 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.

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