Amsterdam Press Poetry Chapbook Competition

11 November 2008

Submission Guidelines

First Prize: $100 Honorarium and Chapbook publication with Amsterdam Press’ Gob Pile Chapbook Series
Two Runners Up: $50 Honorarium and Chapbook publication with Amsterdam Press’ Gob Pile Chapbook Series

Final Judge: Bob King

POSTMARK DEADLINE: December 31, 2008
EMAIL Submissions: December 31, 2008, 11:59 PM
Reading Fee: $15 check, money order, or paypal
Includes a one-year subscription to Plain Spoke (a $9 savings!)

All entries considered for publication. Contest will be judged blindly. Send only one chapbook manuscript per entry, but enter as often as you like. We do not have a page requirement, so use your own judgment.

Works may be previously published; however it is your responsibility to give credit to these publications and provide that information with your submission. We accept simultaneous submissions; however our entry fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere. We encourage multiple submissions, but each manuscript requires an additional reading fee.

We cannot consider work from anyone affiliated with Amsterdam Press or Plain Spoke.

Poet’s name should only be typed on the entry form / cover letter. Include SASE for notification (optional). Electronic submissions will receive notification via email. Mailed Manuscripts will be recycled. Send one entry form per chapbook manuscript, please. Electronic submissions should include the information from the entry form in the body of the email. Poems should be typed in a clear, legible, 12 point font. Poems should appear on separate pages. Poems that continue onto a second page should indicate whether the stanza continues with a “(stanza continues)” at the top of the second page. Do not staple pages together. Entrants should also include a brief biographical statement, under 200 words, written in third person.

Make Checks payable to Amsterdam Press. We will only accept checks and money orders drawn on US banks. We will also accept PayPal payments. Send $15.00 to .

Entry Form:
You must include the following information in the body of an email or in a cover letter:
Email Address
Manuscript Title

Your Entry Should Include:

Envelope with address & return address printed legibly.
A cover letter.
An entry form.
Payment of $15 entry fee
A brief biographical statement (around 200 words)

A copy of the manuscript printed on white paper in black ink
An electronic copy of the manuscript (may be emailed to

All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Plain Spoke

Flip Kelly Poetry Prize
Amsterdam Press
6199 Steubenville Road SE
Amsterdam, Ohio 43903

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