Opportunities → Chapbook Competition
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
For more than 25 years, Center for Book Arts has annually invited writers to submit a manuscript for review by a guest judge who is an expert in the field.
The guest judge selects a winner and two runners-up for the competition.
CBA then commissions artists to design and produce a limited-edition chapbook of the competition winner’s manuscript, a limited-edition chapbook of a manuscript by the guest judge, and two limited-edition broadsides respectively featuring poems by the competition runners-up.
CBA also programs a reading and publication launch as part of the competition. Publications from previous competitions are available in the bookshop.
Each year, the competition winner receives ten copies of their chapbook, a $500 honorarium, a $500 stipend to participate in the competition reading, a week-long stay at Millay Arts, and one copy each of the guest judge’s chapbook and the runners-up’s broadsides.
The two runners up each receive ten copies of their respective limited-edition broadside, a $250 honorarium to participate in the competition reading, and one copy each of the winner and guest judge’s chapbooks.
2023 POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2023 Poetry Chapbook Competition from 09/01/2022 through 12/15/2022. Guest judge will be announced shortly.
VIDEOS OF PREVIOUS READINGS
Winner: Mai Serhan
Runners-up: Megan Sugnyoon & Nicola Masciandaro
Guest Judge: Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
Winner: Eric Pankey
Runners up Beth Ann Fennelly and Ann Snodgrass
Organized by Jane Hirshfield
Winner: Ailish Hopper
Runners-up: Ann Fisher-Wirth & Joy Katz
Guest Judge: Jean Valentine
Winner: Rachel Zucker
Guest Judge: Lynn Emmanuel
Winner: Jack Ridl
Guest Judge: Billy Collins
Winner: Donald Platt
Guest Judge: Eaven Boland
Winner Judith Vollmer
Guest Judge: Mark Doty
Winner: Andrew Kaufman