Slate Roof Press


Slate Roof Press announces its Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winner is presented with the 2022 Elyse Wolf Prize of $500 and becomes an active member of the press, including a commitment to in-person tasks. Slate Roof’s award-winning book designer and printer produces beautiful books with letterpress covers and high-quality papers. Based in Greenfield, MA, Slate Roof is a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative publishing the best new voices in poetry in art-quality chapbooks since 2004.

To maintain a pool of people easily available for in-person tasks at the press, this year's contest focuses on our traditional home territory of western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. Submitters to the contest must reside in one of the following counties: Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, and Berkshire counties in Massachusetts; or in Windham County, Vermont. Submissions from outside this area will not be considered.

Submit manuscripts between May 1 and June 15, 2022

Eighteen 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, participating in book fairs and presentations, designing promotional materials, providing feedback on other members’ manuscripts, editing/proofreading final copy, book assembly, and book distribution. 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    • Note that while individual poems may have been published, the collection as a whole must be unpublished, including self-publication.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 June 15, 2022 (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.

Slate Roof Press:

poetry in art-quality chapbooks made collaboratively

Now in our 16th 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.



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 attending monthly meetings. Contest winners will 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.