chapbook CONTESTS

ANNUAL YELLOWJACKET PRESS (YJP) CHAPBOOK CONTEST FOR FLORIDA POETS:

 

Submissions begin on October 1st and end on midnight December 10th.  The winner(s) will be announced in February. The winner receives $200, 30 copies of the book,  and will be invited to read with YJP. The contest is judged anonymously by members of the YJP Advisory board.

 

Previous winners of the contest include:  Dive by Heather Sellers of Tampa (2013); The Magician’s Daughter by Meryl Stratford of Hallandale Beach (2012); Girls Turned Like Dials by Liz Robbins of St. Augustine (2011); A Tiny Hunger, by Laura Sobbott Ross of Sorrento (2010); My Grandfather Singing by Jesse Millner of Fort Myers (2009); Better Accidents, by Kate Sweeney of Tampa (2008); Our Keen Blue House, by Michael Trammell of Tallahassee (2007); Many Loves, by Michael Hettich of Miami (2006); Message on a Branch, by Sharon Scholl of Jacksonville (2006); Night Windows, by Susan Lilley of Orlando (2005); Music in Arabic, by Mary Jane Ryals of Tallahassee (2005); Florida Straits, by Gregory Byrd of Clearwater (2004).

 

 

CLICK HERE to submit to our contest.

 

 

A NOTE from the FOUNDING EDITOR

 

Dear Florida Poets,

 

For some time, we at YJP have been wrestling with the necessity of charging contest fees.  Most poetry presses use fees in order to stay solvent and that is the case with us. Poets understand that, and most of us want to contribute to our literary community.  But at times paying fees can be a financial burden for poets, myself included, especially when those fees hit $15 and above.  Sometimes, the system just doesn’t seem fair.

For those reasons, this past year I and the YJP advisory board debated whether or not to maintain our annual fee-based Florida Poets contest. Instead we considered hosting an open reading period that required a nominal fee of just enough to cover our use of Submittable and publication costs. The pros and cons were compelling.

 

On the one hand, with an open reading period we liked the idea of not asking you for more than a couple dollars in order for us to read and consider your work. Our editorial board does this as a complete labor of love—no one on the YJP staff gets paid.  In that case, the lucky poet would receive no money, but would still get copies of his/her book to sell.

On the other hand, with the contest we liked the idea of raising the profile of whomever won. That person might enjoy the cache that winning brings, as our poets to date have.  But with a small cash prize on top of our other expenses, we would need to continue to charge a contest fee. Last year’s fee was $12.

 

We’ve come up with a compromise. We are holding a contest and will name a winner, giving some talented poet bragging rights. But the prize money will be reduced from $200 to $100. We don’t believe the reduction in this small amount of cash will make or break anyone. At the same time, we are reducing our entrance fee by half of what it was last year, to $6. That amount will cover our Submittable fee, the prize money and the cost of publication.

We all know that poets spend oodles of cash submitting to contests and we all understand why contest fees are so necessary to (especially) small presses like ours. But all of us at YJP want to give our Florida poets a break. We hope this new model will make it easier for you and other poets to participate.

 

To read a thorough article on the state of poetry publishing, fees, etc., check out this article:

https://kattywompuspress.com/sammy/the-hugely-profitable-business-of-poetry/

 

If you have any feedback you’d like to share, feel free to drop a line at our email.  Thanks for your ongoing support and your poetry.  We look forward to reading your submissions soon.

 

Yours in Poetry,

Gianna Russo

 

 

 

 

THE PETER MEINKE PRIZE:

 

Submissions are open between June 15 and June 30 midnight or until we reach 200 submissions. Members of the YJP Advisory Board will judge the manuscripts anonymously. The winner of this year’s contest will be announced by Sept. 10, 2018, and will receive $500, 50 copies of the book, and will be invited to read with other YJP poets in October at the Other Words Conference in Tampa.

 

Previous winners of the Peter Meinke Prize include Melissa Carroll for The Karma Machine; J.D. Scott for Night Errands, George Bishop for Following Myself Home, and Aliesa Zoecklein for At Each Moment, Air. Until this year, the contest was only open to Florida poets. Now it is open to any U.S. citizen.

 

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

 

Poetry manuscripts should be no longer than 24 pages total, including 18-20 pages of poetry, title page, table of contents and acknowledgments.  Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All entrants must be adult residents of the United States. All entrants of our contests may request a copy of the winning book.

 

All submissions are through Submittable. Mailed and emailed submission will not be considered.

 

 

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

 

Poetry manuscripts should be no longer than 24 pages total, including 18-20 pages of poetry, title page, table of contents and acknowledgments.  Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All entrants must be adult residents of the United States. All entrants of our contests may request a copy of the winning book.

 

All submissions are through Submittable. Mailed and emailed submission will not be considered.

 

HOW TO KNOW IF WE'RE A GOOD FIT FOR YOUR WORK:

 

YellowJacket Press is looking for well-crafted, meaningful, relevant, moving poetry collections that may or may not reflect the experiences of living in Florida.  We read anonymously, and while we strive to represent all demographics, we do not base our decisions on personal information of any kind. We just want good poems that make us wish we had written them ourselves.

 

We suggest that you read the sample poems in our catalog in order to get a sense of the YJP aesthetic.  Even better, order one of our books to see if your work is comparable in quality, and perhaps style.  Read the biographical notes about each poet, and compare that information with your own.

 

WHAT WE DO AND DON'T PUBLISH:

 

We publish poetry chapbooks (small, unified collections of poetry) of no more than 24 pages. We do not accept previously published full chapbooks, though individually published poems are fine (they should be listed in an acknowledgments page).

 

SUBMITTING ONLINE:

 

If this is your first time submitting, you will need to create an account before uploading your document. To do this, click “My Account” at the top right corner of the Submittable page.

 

1. Upload your submission as a Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF.

 

2. Include a brief bio separately, along with the date you became a Florida resident, and notice of previous publications of specific poems, if applicable.

 

3. You will still be prompted to checkout. A modest $12 reading covers processing costs and helps keep YellowJacket Press viable so we can continue to publish and support Florida poets.  You will be required to enter your credit card information in order to complete the submission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previous winners of the Peter Meinke Prize include Melissa Carroll for The Karma Machine; J.D. Scott for Night Errands, George Bishop for Following Myself Home, and Aliesa Zoecklein for At Each Moment, Air. Until this year, the contest was only open to Florida poets. Now it is open to any U.S. citizen.