The Hudson Valley Writers Center seeks applicants for teaching artist positions for its upcoming Summer 2023 Workshop Sessions during the following dates.

July 31-August 4

August 7-11

August 14-18

Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for youth courses and workshops in any creative writing or arts-related discipline.

The Hudson Valley Writers Center is located at the historic Philipse Manor Train Station in Sleepy Hollow, New York just a quick train ride from Grand Central. HVWC strives to bring writers and readers together to celebrate the essential art of the written and spoken word. The Center fosters a vibrant and diverse literary arts community that supports and empowers writers and readers of diverse ages, talents and backgrounds at every stage of their creative development. We are seeking qualified teaching artists to propose workshops for the upcoming summer session. Priority will be given to proposals addressing the fundamentals of creative writing, but may include other art forms such as improv, theater, visual arts, etc. Workshops may be scheduled as half days (9 am-12 pm or 1 pm- 4pm) or as full days (9am-4pm with a lunch break) during the designated session dates. Workshops are canceled if enrollment is fewer than four students.

Teaching artists create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and engaging in creative challenges. Individual attention and small class sizes encourage participation and dialogue.


  • Develop appropriate curricula in cooperation with the Youth Programs Coordinator.
  • Relate needs for supplies and equipment to the Youth Programs Coordinator by the assigned deadline.
  • Attend required meetings.
  • Prepare space and collect supplies for workshop use/ return space to its previous condition when workshop is dismissed.
  • Keep Youth Programs Coordinator informed of any incidents, concerns, or issues regarding students, equipment, or space.


HVWC employs teaching artists as independent contractors. Contract teachers are paid half of tuition costs.

If you have any questions, please contact

2023 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. Poems should be largely in English, though poets can, of course, incorporate phrases from other languages. The press co-editors will consult with the competition winner about the cover, but will make the final decision about cover design.

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 (, 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. Again, please do not include your list of publications anywhere in your word document or pdf! The editors reserve the right to disqualify the submission if there are ANY identifying materials in the document! This contest is read without looking at any acknowledgements or other identifying materials.

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.)
NB: All BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) applicants can enter this contest for FREE via mail or for $2 (required to submit via Submittable). If you have questions, please email

If you would like to order any of our SHP chapbooks at a reduced rate for constentants, you may use the code: shpsupporter for 40% off at this link: the coupon code shpsupporter in the coupon field, then hit apply, and proceed to checkout.

For the winner: please note that the SHP Co-editors welcome ideas about artwork from SHP authors, but the co-editors and designer will make final decisions on all chapbook artwork and cover design.

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 your mentor at The Hudson Valley Writers Center (or on Zoom). If needed (and if the reading is in person) 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

Hard copies can be sent to: The Editors SHP Chapbook Competition The Hudson Valley Writers Center, 300 Riverside Drive  Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591


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