Poetry Chapbook Competition

The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Competition.
The deadline for the 2016 competition is December 1, 2015.

The winning manuscript will be chosen in the spring of 2016 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, ten of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through the Center.

The winning poet will also receive a cash award of $500, and a $500 honorarium for a reading, to be held at the Center in the fall of 2016, as well as an exclusive opportunity to stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York as one of their Winter Shakers.

This year’s judges will be Mary Ruefle and Sharon Dolin.
Download the PDF application


The Center for Book Arts invites applications for our Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing Seminar For Emerging Writers. The seminar, taught by our Master Printer Barbara Henry, runs twice a year in early May and early November. The seminar is tuition-free for participants and includes the cost of materials. Those selected must attend the entire five-day workshop.

The next seminar will take place at the Center May 6-10, 2015, Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. The application postmark deadline is April 6, 2015. 

The following seminar will take place in the fall of 2015, dates TBA. The application postmark deadline for the fall is October 1, 2015.

Download the PDF application
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