Chapbook Contest for 2020
Winners will receive the following:
1st Prize: $500 plus 20 copies of published chapbook
and distribution of their winning title to all contest entrants.
2nd Prize: $150 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook.
3rd Prize: $100 plus 5 copies of their published chapbook.
(The Poetry Box® may offer publication to a few finalists, dependent upon the quantity/quality of each year’s submissions.)
Open to writers residing in the United States.
This Year’s Judge
We are proud to announce that our judge for this years chapbook contest is the very talented, award-winning poet, Amy Miller.
Amy Miller’s full-length poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press. Her writing has appeared in Barrow Street, Crab Creek Review, Gulf Coast, Rattle, Tupelo Quarterly, Willow Springs, and ZYZZYVA, as well as The Poet’s Market, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Fine Gardening, and her chapbooks include I Am on a River and Cannot Answer (BOAAT Press) and Rough House (White Knuckle Press). She won the Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Competition, judged by Tony Hoagland, the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize from Cultural Weekly, and the Earl Weaver Baseball Writing Prize, and has been a finalist for the Tinderbox Prize, Pablo Neruda Prize, and 49th Parallel Award. She works as the publications project manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the poetry editor of the NPR listeners’ guide Jefferson Journal.
We welcome work from both established and emerging writers alike. We invite all voices, and especially those that have been historically marginalized or under-heard to submit and partner with us. Every submission starts out in the same pile and is judged merely on its own merit, not the reputation of the writer. We enjoy poems of all styles: formal, free-verse, metered, non-rhyming, experimental, nostalgic, political, erotic, abstract, lyrical, etc. We don’t censor or shy away from ‘tough topics’, however we do draw the line at poetry that discriminates against our fellow humans. Please keep in mind that a chapbook should have some unifying thread and yet each poem should be strong enough to stand on its own merit.
- The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize honors a collection of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible.
- The winning poet will receive a $500 honorarium upon publication plus 20 copies of the book.
- The winning chapbook will be published in Winter 2020/21 by The Poetry Box, as a perfect-bound, paperback chapbook (5.5 x 8.5 inches in size).
- In addition, the winning book and author will be featured on the The Poetry Box website.
- Entries must be submitted between February 1st – February 28th, 2020. (Midnight, PST)
- All entries should be made via Submittable. (No email or snail mail submissions.)
- Manuscripts should be approximately 20 to 32 pages of poetry in length, submitted in one single file.
- Poets may enter more than one manuscript to the contest, but each submission must be a separate entry, each incurring its own fee.
- Accepted file formats: WORD (.doc or docx) or RTF (rich text format).
- Please use a standard readable font such as Times New Roman or Arial in 12pt. Do not embed your poems in graphics or imagery.
- Each poem should start on a new page (using the page-break function).
- Poems should be single spaced with double spacing between stanzas.
- The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript. Do NOT put your name on the entry. Manuscripts will be read anonymously.
- The title page should contain the proposed title of chapbook and a brief synopsis/description of the collection and/or theme of the body of work. Author contact information is to be collected separately via Submittable. (do not include on title page)
- Please include a Contents page listing the poems in order. (page numbers are optional)
- Do NOT include your name, author bio, or any other identifying information in the manuscript.
- Individual poems of the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. (Please provide acknowledgments page of previously published poems.)
- Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify The Poetry Box via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately if a manuscript becomes accepted/committed elsewhere.
- If you win/place in our contest, please skip a year before entering the contest again. In other words, if you won the chapbook prize in 2019, you’ll be eligible to enter again in 2021.
- The entry fee of $30.00 is payable through Submittable (our submission manager system) and includes a free copy of the winning chapbook for 2020.
- The winner will be announced by July 30, 2020.
Need help with using the Submittable submissions manager? Visit https://submittable.help/submitters
If you have any questions, you can contact the editor, Shawn Aveningo Sanders via Shawn@thePoetryBox.com.
We look forward to reading your work!