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 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.  

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.

 Covid-19 Update:  Our press model has always included in-person business meetings but we are meeting via Zoom for the foreseeable future. We hope to resume in-person meetings if and when an effective vaccine is available and accessible by all. 


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 meetings have been held in Greenfield, MA, but are currently via Zoom until a vaccine is available for the virus. 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 on drafts and final manuscript, as well as suggestions regarding editing.  

Sixteen 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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