Emrys Press Chapbook Prize


Call for Manuscripts: May 15, 2019 through July 30, 2019.

The winning volume will be published in December 2019 by Emrys Press.

  • The Emrys Press Chapbook Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible. The winning poet will receive a $1000 honorarium upon publication plus 20 copies of the book. In addition, he/she will be invited as guest for one week to the Rensing Center, a gorgeous arts/writing retreat near Greenville, S.C., in the Appalachian foothills. Dates of use of Poet Guest House to be arranged.* The winning book and author will be featured on the Emrys website and announced in Poets and Writers.

  • The final judge for the competition will be Joseph Millar.

  • Entries must be filed between 12:01 a.m. May 15 and midnight Jul 30, 2019. Only online submissions are accepted. All entries should be made via Submittable.

  • Manuscripts should be 24 to 28 pages in length, single side, submitted in PDF, RTF, or MSWord formats only. Title and contents pages DO NOT count towards page length.

  • The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript. Do NOT put your name on the entry. The title page should contain the title only. Author contact information is to be collected separately via Submittable.

  • Include a contents page. Do not include your name, acknowledgments, author bio, or any other identifying information in the manuscript file. Manuscripts will be read anonymously.

  • Work must not have been previously published as part of a book or as a self-published chapbook. Individually published poems are acceptable. Simultaneous submissions acceptable with notification.

  • The entry fee of $25.00 is payable through Submittable (our submission manager system).

  • The winner will be announced by Nov 30, 2019.

*Note: Transportation to/from the Rensing Center not included.

Eligibility: Poets writing in English are eligible. Previous book publication is not a consideration. Students, former students, and close friends of Joseph Millar may not enter. 

About Emrys Press

Now in its 15th year of publishing bright, original, and sometimes edgy fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, Emrys Press held its third poetry chapbook competition in 2018. From almost three hundred entries, Stilt House, by Jacob Boyd from Chicago, Illinois, was selected winner by Heather McHugh. The poems are exceptional and the book design beautiful, with a stunning cover art – Watchtower  by Amy Casey, image courtesy of Zg Gallery, Chicago.  Special thanks to the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville SC, for their support on this project. Copies are available at $14.00 at www.emrys.org.

Please follow us on Facebook and other social media, in magazines and journals, and watch for new opportunities to publish with us.  If you are a writer looking for a home, think of Emrys Press.  In addition to the Emrys Press annual poetry chapbook contest, with submissions accepted May 15 – July 30, the Emrys Journal takes submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction each year from August to November 1st.  You can find many worthy older publications in the Emrys Press BOOKSTORE

2018 Emrys Press Chapbook Winner – Jacob Boyd, Stilt House

2017 Emrys Press Chapbook Winner - Mary B. Moore, Amanda and the Man Soul

2016 Emrys Press Chapbook Winner - Sarah Stickney, Portico