Wells College Press invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The deadline for the 2019 competition is January 15, 2019. The winner will be announced in March 2019.

The author of the chosen manuscript will receive 10 copies of the letterpress-printed, hand-sewn chapbook. The author will also be invited to read from the new chapbook at Wells College in the fall of 2019. The poet will receive a $1,000 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 type and ornament cast in metal at the Bixler Letterfoundry in Skaneatles as well as wood engravings specifically commissioned for those projects. Our books also feature hand-set title pages and hand-sewn bindings. The winning chapbook will continue this tradition of craftsmanship. 

Past winners include Bret Shepard's Negative Compass, Annie Lighthart's Lantern, Janis Esch’s What Longing Is, Michael Jennings’ River Time, and J.R. Tappenden’s Independent City

From among the finalist manuscripts, we will also select a single outstanding poem to publish in a letterpress-printed broadside as the winner of the Bennett Prize. The winner of the inaugural 2018 Bennett Prize was Kim Lozano's "Praise the Bird." 

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§  Individual poems may have been published in periodicals, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.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 judge, as well as current or former students of the judge, 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.

The final judge of the 2019 WCP Poetry Chapbook Contest is Dan Rosenberg. 

Dan Rosenberg is the author of The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and cadabra (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015). He has also written two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands (Tilt Press, 2010) and Thigh’s Hollow (Omnidawn, 2015), and he co-translated Miklavž Komelj’s Hippodrome (Zephyr Press, 2016). His work has won the American Poetry Journal Book Prize and the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest. Rosenberg earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia, where he was a Presidential Fellow. He teaches literature and creative writing at Wells College.

E-mail with questions: bookartscenter@wells.edu

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