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Submission Deadline for Moonstone Arts Poetry Chapbook Contest

February 28


Moonstone is inviting poets to submit their manuscripts for our 2020 Chapbook Contest. One winner and two runner ups will be picked for publication. The contest judge is Leonard Gontarek, author of six books of poems, and conductor of several poetry workshops.  The winner will receive a $300 cash prize. Both the winner and the two runner ups will be published and receive 25 free copies of the book and a reading.

Submission Requirements:

While Moonstone Arts Center and Moonstone Press started out as a Philadelphia based organization, the pandemic and zoom has made us international. We are open to submissions from everyone.

Please submit about twenty-five pages of material. Poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted, but you must promptly notify Moonstone Press if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere. When determining total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas. Number or section breaks should also be included when calculating total line length. Divider pages or section titles should be included in the total page count. The final chapbook will be printed in 12 point Times New Roman font on paper that is 5 ½ inches wide.

In addition, please include a cover page with the manuscript’s title and all contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone numbers). Also include a biography, table of contents, dedication, acknowledgements for any previous publications, and an inside title page. These pages do not count towards the manuscript’s total page count. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

A $15.00, nonrefundable reading fee is required for us to accept and review your work.


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