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Your chance to
Win $1,000 and get your POETRY printed
The Center for Book Arts

The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Competition by December 1, 2004. The winning manuscript will be chosen in April 2005 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 2005. This year's judges will be Jean Valentine & Sharon Dolin.


Please submit a collection or sequence of poems or a single long poem not to exceed 500 lines or 24 pages. The cover page should contain, on a single detachable page, the manuscript title, author's name, along with address, phone number, and email. The author's name should not appear anywhere else. A second title page should be provided without the author's name or other identification. Please provide a table of contents and a separate acknowledgements page containing prior magazine or anthology publication of individual poems. Manuscripts should be bound with a simple spring clip.

NOTE: Poems may have appeared in journals or anthologies but not as part of a book length collection.

Reading Fee: Please send a $20 check payable to The Center for Book Arts. The fee will be applicable towards the purchase of the winning chapbook.

Please Include: A #10 SASE for notification of the winner; manuscripts will not be returned.

Deadline: Manuscripts must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2004.

Download the application (PDF format): chapbookguidelines.pdf
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Jean Valentine is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Cradle of the Real Life (Wesleyan, 2000). Earlier books are Dream Barker (Yale Series of Younger Poets, 1965), The River at Wolf (Alice James Books, 1992) and Growing Darkness, Growing Light (Carnegie Mellon, 1977). She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and was awarded the Shelley Memorial Prize by the Poetry Society of America in 2000. Jean Valentine lives and works in New York City.

Sharon Dolin is the author of two books of poetry, Heart Work (Sheep Meadow, 1995) and Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). Another book of poems, Realm of the Possible, will be published by Four Way Books in 2004. She is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently The Seagull (Center for Book Arts, 2001). She has been the recipient of a national award from the Poetry Society of America, a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy, and several fellowships to Yaddo and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught at The Cooper Union, New York University, and The New School. She currently teaches poetry workshops at the 92nd St. Y's Unterberg Poetry Center in New York City.