Slate Roof Press


Covid-19 Update: Our press model has always included in-person business meetings but we are meeting via Zoom for the foreseeable future. We hope to resume in-person meetings if and when an effective vaccine is available and accessible by all.

Submit your manuscript between May 31 to July 31, 2020. The contest rules are below.

Slate Roof Press announces its Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winner will be granted the 2020 Elyse Wolf Prize of $500 and will become an active member of the press. Slate Roof’s award-winning bookmaker produces beautiful books with letterpress covers and high-quality papers. Based in Greenfield, MA, Slate Roof is a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, which has published the best new voices in poetry in art-quality chapbooks since 2004.

Sixteen Years of Poetry

Slate Roof members are involved in all aspects of publishing, such as working with local vendors, sending out promotion, managing bookstore accounts, accounting, designing promotional materials, providing feedback on other members’ manuscripts, and editing/proofreading final copy. The chapbooks are designed by the poet; we attend to papers, binding, and typography. Currently, our print run is 350 copies; of that, 25 copies are given to the author and 50 are retained by Slate Roof for promotional purposes. Poets retain copyright. All profits return to the press.

  1. To enter, review Membership Requirements below and to the right.

  2. Prepare your submission:
    • A title page with title of the manuscript only; a table of contents page; no more than 28 pages of poems; 12 pt. Times (or equivalent), 8.5 x 11 paper, 1” margins, pages numbered. No identifying information on any pages.
    • A separate cover sheet with title of manuscript, your name, address, telephone number, email address, and a short bio that notes collective or group experience you have or skills related to publishing.
    • Note that while individual poems may have been published, the collection as a whole must be unpublished, including self-publication.

  3. Determine your method of submission:
    • If submitting online (preferred method), go here. Paste cover sheet into text box. Upload title page, table of contents, and manuscript (all three as a single document, no identifying information); pdf strongly preferred; doc, docx, txt, or rtf acceptable; other formats will not be accepted. See full instructions online.
    • If submitting hard copies, mail two copies of all materials to the Slate Roof address below by July 31, 2020 (postmark). No staples. Confirmation and contest notification will be by email unless you include SASE postcard and envelope.

  4. Submit! (Please choose the payment option below that works best for you).

    $10 reading fee. If submitting online, please make your payment via credit card. If submitting by post, please make a check out to Slate Roof Press and send with your submission to the address below. All entries will be considered complete once payment has been received.

    Sliding scale. If the reading fee presents a hardship due to the pandemic or other reasons, please 1) email us your manuscript at; and 2) go here to make a donation in an amount that feels accessible. If you feel you are in a position to make a donation exceeding the $10 reading fee in support of a fellow poet, we welcome your generosity. Your manuscript submission will be considered complete once both the text and the donation have been received.

    Slate Roof Press, 15 Warwick Avenue, Northfield, MA 01360-9638.

A winning manuscript will be chosen by the press via a blind review. In addition, we may offer publication and membership to finalists. For additional information on Slate Roof Press, contact us here, or email us at We reserve the right not to select a winner, in which case entry fees will be refunded. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.


Our collaborative is dedicated to publishing the best in poetry and involving poets in the process. Contest winners agree to a three-year work commitment, averaging 8-10 hours/month, including monthly meetings. The meetings have been held in Greenfield, MA, but are currently via Zoom until a vaccine is available for the virus. Contest winners work with the collaborative to publish and market their work, as well as the work of other members. Members receive feedback on drafts, and final manuscripts are edited by Slate Roof members.


Elyse Wolf is a signature member and five-year Merit Award recipient of the Colored Pencil Society of America. She received a B.A. in Art from UMass Amherst and went to the Art Students League in New York for two years on a Ford Foundation Scholarship where she studied with Morris Kantor and Theodoros Stamos. After moving to Washington, D.C., she took classes at the Corcoran Museum School Open Program with William Christenberry and Brockie Stevenson.

Her Artwork has appeared in numerous shows, including the Susan K. Black Blossom Two-Year Museum Traveling show, the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, the Salmagundi Club and The National Arts Club in New York City, the Corcoran Museum Biennial, numerous CPSA International shows, The Art League in Alexandria, VA, The Troika Gallery in Easton, MD.

Her work has also appeared in these books: Blossom II Art of Flowers, The CPSA Signature Showcase, The Best of Colored Pencil, 2 volumes; as well as American Artist Magazine and The Artist’s Magazine.

Elyse is a member of the Jackson Art Center in Washington, D.C. and the Torpedo Factory Art Association in Alexandria, VA; and she is a Signature/Merit Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.

For information on the 2019 Broadside Award and Glass Prize and winners Jendi Reiter and Armen Davoudian, please click here.