Three winners will receive publication of their chapbook
with worldwide distribution and the following:
1st Prize: $500 plus 10 copies of published chapbook
2nd Prize: $100 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
3rd Prize: $50 plus 10 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.
Announcing the 2023 Winners & Finalists:
First Prize chosen by Andrea Hollander, our guest contest judge.
Second and Third Prize chosen by Shawn Aveningo Sanders, The Poetry Box managing editor.
All manuscripts remained anonymous through the reading & judging process for selection by both Andrea and Shawn, in keeping with fair and ethical contest practices.
This Year’s Judge
We are thrilled to announce that our judge for our 2023 chapbook contest is
Andrea Hollander, Pushcart Prize-Winning poet & author of Blue Mistaken for Sky.
The author of five full-length poetry collections and three chapbooks, Andrea Hollander moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2011, after more than three decades in the Arkansas Ozarks, where she was innkeeper of a bed & breakfast for fifteen years and Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College for twenty-two. Her many publications include a recent feature in The New York Times Magazine. Among other honors are two Pushcart Prizes (poetry and literary nonfiction) and two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2017 she initiated the Ambassador Writing Seminars, which she conducted in her home until the pandemic; now via Zoom. Her website is www.andreahollander.net.
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 first place winning poet will receive a $500 honorarium upon publication plus 10 copies of the book.
- The winning chapbook will be published in Winter 2023/24 by The Poetry Box, as a perfect-bound, paperback chapbook (6 x 9 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 1 – March 15, 2023. (Midnight, PST)
- All entries should be made via Submittable. (No email or snail mail submissions.)
- Manuscripts should be approximately 18 to 30 pages of poetry, submitted in one single file. (This is only an estimate as it’s hard to determine page count depending on individual length of poems. Finished chapbooks usually end of being 32-48 pages with front/back matter, so use your judgement. We’re flexible.)
- 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), RTF (rich text format), or PDF (if you have illustrations with your poems).
- Please use a standard readable font in 12pt.
- Each poem should start at the top of new page.
- 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 and judged 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 Table of 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 at the end of the manuscript if needed.)
- Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify The Poetry Box immediately if a manuscript becomes accepted/committed elsewhere.
- If you win first place in our contest, please skip a year before entering the contest again. In other words, if you won the chapbook prize in 2022, you’ll be eligible to enter again in 2024.
- The entry fee of $25.00 is payable through Submittable (our submission manager system). If you’d also like to receive a copy of the winning chapbook when published, you can pay an extra $5 for a total fee of $30.
- The winner will be announced by July 31, 2023.
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!