2019 Guidelines & Rules •The Slapering Hol Press (SHP) Chapbook Competition is open to all writers who have NEVER published a collection of poems in book or chapbook form.
Individual poems can be previously published, but poems should not have been published as a group in any form, including self-published collections.
Manuscripts can either be a collection of poems or one long poem and should be a minimum of sixteen and a maximum of twenty pages (not including title page, table of contents, or cover sheet). Please us 12 point Times, Times New Roman, or Garamond font.
All poems should be single spaced and printed in twelve point type. No more than one poem should appear on a page.
For those who submit using on-line Submittable (submittable.com), the author’s name CANNOT appear in the file or in the file name, which should be the title of the manuscript. Your Submittable profile will include your name, address, phone number, email, and in place of the cover letter, an acknowledgments page, which must include the manuscript title. The acknowledgments page cannot be included in the manuscript itself.
Please name your file as the manuscript title only. NO author NAMES in the file name.
For those submitting hard copies, please include two title pages, one with contact information, including title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. The second title page should be the title alone without contact information.
Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but please inform SHP immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscript withdrawal.
Each Submittable manuscript should be accompanied by a $17 reading fee, to cover administrative fees for on-line submissions. (For hard copy submissions, a $15 fee is required. Please make all checks payable to The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.)
The reading period for the competition begins on February 15. Entries must be postmarked by June 15th. Submissions will only be considered if received between those dates.
The prize for the SHP Chapbook Competition is a $500 cash award, publication, ten copies of the chapbook, a reading with his or her mentor at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and a reading at Cornelia Street Cafe with other SHP poets. If needed, travel expenses not exceeding $500 are included. Winning poets are also offered editorial and marketing advice.
Simultaneous Submissions are accepted. Please notify SHP immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere so it can be withdrawn. • Questions and submissions can be e-mailed to Jennifer Franklin firstname.lastname@example.org Hard copies can be sent to: The Editors SHP Chapbook Competition The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 300 Riverside Drive Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591