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.
ABOUT THE 2022 COMPETITION (SUBMISSION CLOSED)
2022 Guest Judge: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge is the author of fourteen books of poetry, and has collaborated with many artists, including Richard Tuttle and Kiki Smith. Her most recent book, A Treatise on Stars (New Directions), received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry. She lives in northern New Mexico.
VIDEOS OF PREVIOUS READINGS
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