Slate Roof Press
There are presently no open calls for submissions.
Slate Roof Press offers an Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. 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. Slate Roof commits to publishing the winning manuscript within the member’s three-year term. Members receive feedback on drafts and final manuscript, as well as suggestions regarding editing.
Ten Years of Poetry
Slate Roof members are involved in all aspects of publishing. Typical tasks include coordinating print runs with local vendors, managing bookstore accounts, accounting, designing promotional materials, sending out promotion, providing feedback on other members’ manuscripts, and editing/proofreading final copy. The chapbooks are designed by the poets; we pay attention to typography, papers, and binding. 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, so we can continue to produce beautiful books.