The PSA Chapbook Fellowships
Four renowned poets will each choose a winning chapbook manuscript for publication and distribution by the Poetry Society of America. Winners will receive $1000. Winners will also have the option of teaching a single class at Purchase College for $1,000 under the sponsorship of the Royal and Shirley Durst Chair in Literature.
The Two Categories
–The PSA National Chapbook Fellowships
Judged by Harryette Mullen and Mark Strand
This contest is open to any United States resident who has not published a full-length poetry collection.
–The PSA New York Chapbook Fellowships
Judged by Rae Armantrout and Kevin Young
This contest is open to any New York City resident (in the five boroughs) who is 30 or under and has not published a full-length poetry collection.
*Note: Poets may apply to one contest only.
Additional guidelines for both categories:
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1. Manuscript page length: between 20-30 pages. Poems must be typed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and bound with a spring clip. No illustrations may be included. Do not include photocopies of poems from magazines or journals. Please submit only one copy of your manuscript. Manuscripts should include no more than one poem per page.
2. A complete submission should include:
a. Title page with contest name (The National Chapbook Fellowship or The New York Chapbook Fellowship), your name, address, telephone, email, and any other relevant contact information. Your name should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript.
b. A title page with just the title of the manuscript.
c. An acknowledgements page. Poems included in your manuscript may be previously published, but please include an acknowledgements page listing specific publications. Note: previous publications and/or the inclusion of published poems will not serve as a determining factor in the screening or judging of manuscripts.
d. A complete Table of Contents.
e. Payment of a $12.00 non-refundable entry fee (check or money order payable in U.S. dollars to Poetry Society of America). This fee is not waived for PSA members. Please do not send cash. While you may not submit to both The National Chapbook Fellowship and The New York Chapbook Fellowship, multiple submissions to one contest are accepted. Please note: we require separate entry fees for each manuscript you submit.
f. Self-addressed stamped post card for confirmation of receipt and a self-addressed stamped envelope for announcement of the winners.
3. Manuscripts by more than one author will not be accepted.
4. Translations will not be accepted.
Entries will be accepted between October 1st and December 23rd, of 2006. Entries postmarked later than December 23rd, 2006 will not be accepted. Manuscripts will not be returned. Electronic and faxed submissions will not be accepted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, you must notify the PSA. Submission to the Chapbook Fellowship Program does not prohibit you from applying to the PSA Annual Awards.
Mail all entries to:
Poetry Society of America
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY 10003