Wells College Press 2017 Chapbook Competition

September 19, 2016
The Wells College Press invites submissions to its annual contest; the winning manuscript will be published as a letterpress printed, hand-sewn chapbook.
metal type letter W and hand-made chapbook

Wells College Press invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The deadline for the competition is November 30, 2016. The winner will be announced in January 2017.

The author of the chosen manuscript will receive 20 copies of the letterpress printed, hand-sewn chapbook. The author will also be invited to read from her or his new chapbook at Wells College in the fall of 2017. The poet will receive a $500 honorarium + room and board for the reading.

We print editions of 150 signed and numbered copies. We craft every aspect of our chapbooks individually and obsessively: Prior chapbooks have included all type and ornament cast in metal at the Bixler Letterfoundry in Skaneatles specifically for those projects. Our books also feature hand-set title pages and hand-sewn bindings. The winning chapbook will continue this tradition of craftsmanship.

Submission Guidelines:

  • 18-30 manuscript pages (with no more than one poem per page)
  • Individual poems may have been published in periodicals, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. An acknowledgments page is optional (though it will be included in the final chapbook).
  • Co-authored manuscripts and translated manuscripts are welcome.
  • Close personal friends of the judges, as well as current or former students of the judges, are ineligible.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
  • Please limit your identifying information to your cover letter; the manuscript itself must be anonymous, as the judging will be blind.

How to submit:

Online via Submittable: https://wellscollegepress.submittable.com/submit

Or mail hard copies to:
Chapbook Contest
Wells Book Arts Center
Wells College
170 Main Street
Aurora, New York 13026.

Make checks for $20 payable to Wells College Press, with “WCPress entry fee” on the memo line. Include an SASE for notification of the results. Optional: Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt. The final judges of the 2017 WCP Poetry Chapbook Contest are Professor Emeritus of English Bruce Bennett and Assistant Professor of English Dan Rosenberg.

Learn more at wellsbookartscenter.org.

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