Emrys Press Chapbook Prize

Call for Manuscripts: May 15, 2017 through July 30, 2017.

The winning volume will be published in December 2017 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 of the Rensing Center, a gorgeous arts/writing retreat near Greenville SC, in the Appalachian foothills. * The winning book and author will be featured on the Emrys website.
  • The final judge for the competition will be Dorianne Laux.
  • Entries must be filed between 12:01 a.m. May 15 and midnight Jul 30, 2017. All entries should be made via Submittable.
  • Manuscripts should be 24 to 26 pages in length, submitted in PDF, RTF, or MSWord formats only.
  • 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. 
  • The entry fee of $20.00 is payable through Submittable (our submission manager system). 
  • The winner will be announced by Nov 30, 2017.  

*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 Dorianne Laux may not enter. Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify Emrys Press immediately if a manuscript becomes accepted/committed elsewhere.