Slate Roof Press

Introducing the Slate Roof Press Glass Prize for an original broadside

We are accepting submissions from March 15 to June 15, 2019

Slate Roof Press is delighted to announce its first poetry broadside contest. Two poems will be selected, one drawn from local contestants living in either Franklin or Hampshire county in Massachusetts; and the other drawn from contestants across the United States.

Each contest winner will each receive the Glass Prize of $250, and each poem will be printed in a beautiful limited letterpress edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. Winners receive 10 author copies of their broadside; copyright reverts to the author after 1 year. We will sponsor a reading for the local winner, and also record readings of both winners to be posted on Facebook and other venues.

Now in our 14th year, Slate Roof Press is member-run and committed to publishing the best new voices in poetry, with a focus on Massachusetts and regional poets. Designed by the poets themselves, Slate Roof chapbooks feature letterpress covers, special papers, and hand-sewn bindings.

  1. All entrants must state the city and state where they currently live. Any submission not including city and state will be disqualified and the money not refunded. No international submissions will be considered.

  2. Your submission must include the following:
    • A maximum of 3 poems, each no more than 30 lines long, in one document; no name or identifying information on any pages. Poems should be written using 12 pt. Times (or equivalent), 8.5 x 11 paper, 1” margins.
    • A separate cover letter including the title of your submission, your name and address, telephone number, email address, and a short bio. If submitting online, paste the cover sheet into the “cover letter” text box.
    • All poems must be unpublished, including self-publication.

  3. Determine your method of submission:
    • If submitting online (preferred method), go here. Paste your cover sheet into text box. Upload poem(s) as a single document, no identifying information; pdf format 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 up to three poems to the Slate Roof address below by June 15, 2019 (postmark), with a check for the reading fee (see below). No staples. Be sure to include your email for confirmation and contest notification.

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

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

    The winning poems will be chosen by the press via a blind review. For additional information on Slate Roof Press, contact us here, or email us at Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately if any poem is accepted elsewhere.

The Elyse Wolf Prize for a chapbook of poetry returns in 2020!

Winners of the Slate Roof Press Poetry Chapbook Contest/Elyse Wolf Prize are awarded publication and $500. We produce beautiful books with letterpress covers by an award-winning bookmaker, using high-quality papers. Elyse Wolf Prize winners become active members of the press, making a three-year commitment, gaining valuable experience in publishing, and participating in the tasks of running the press. Based in Greenfield, Mass., Slate Roof is a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative which has published art-quality chapbooks since 2004.


As a collaborative, we are dedicated to publishing the best work and involving poets in the publishing process. Chapbook contest/Elyse Wolf prize winners agree to a three-year work commitment, averaging 8-10 hours/month, including a monthly business meeting in Greenfield, Mass. The winners work with members toward publication and marketing of his/her work, as well as the work of others in the collective. Members receive feedback on drafts and final manuscript, as well as suggestions regarding editing.

Fifteen Years of Poetry

Slate Roof members are involved in all aspects of publishing. Typical member tasks include reviewing manuscripts, managing consignment accounts, assembling books, editing and design, accounting, promotion, and readings, which are essential to book sales. The chapbooks are designed by the poets and our printer; we pay careful attention to typography, paper choice, binding, and cover art. Our current 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.


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.