Deadline: June 30, 2013
The Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize is open to all poets, published or unpublished.
The prize is open to international entries, although the poetry should be in English.
Manuscripts may be either a collection of poems or one long poem and should be a minimum of 20 pages and a maximum of 40 pages (not including the title page).
Poems should adhere to a theme, however loosely.
We consider themes for adults as well as collections for children.
Individual poems may be previously published, but poems should not have been published as a group in any form, including self-published collections.
No more than 10% of the poetry should have been posted to the poet’s own blog or web site previously, and print and digital rights to any published poems should have reverted to the author to be eligible.
All poems should be single spaced and typed in size 12 Times New Roman or similar font.
Each manuscript should include a title page. This page should include the title, a one-sentence explanation of the chapbook’s theme, and contact information on the poet. Please use your real name for your submission. If you prefer to use a pseudonym on your chapbook, you may list that as well and we will use it on public contest results.
If any poems have been previously published, please indicate their titles and where they were published.
If the poet already participates in readings, poetry groups, or writers’ organizations, we would love to hear about that, but it is optional.
The reading period for the 2013 competition begins on April 1, 2013. Entries must be submitted by June 30, 2013. Submissions will only be considered if received between those dates.
The quarter-finalists will be announced July 31, 2013. Semi finalists Aug. 30. Finalists Sept. 15. The winner will be chosen by a celebrity poet judge, and we can’t always be sure when the judging will be completed, but hopefully by Nov. 1.
We are all-electronic. How to submit: [Edited — our submission process will change in 2014. Watch this blog http://caseyshaypress.blogspot.com/2013/04/2014-poetry-prize-contest-is-open-for.html for details.]