Slate Roof Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


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.


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. 

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