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.

1. Review Membership Requirements below.

Our collaborative is dedicated to publishing the best in poetry and involving poets in the publishing process. Contest winner will be awarded the 2018 Elyse Wolf Prize of $500 and agrees to a three-year work commitment, averaging 8-10 hours/month, including monthly business meetings in Greenfield, MA. He or she shares 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.

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; 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.

 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:, or email us at

Deadline for submission: June 15, 2018