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Annual Chapbook Competition
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The Annual SHP Chapbook Competition

The prize for the annual SHP Chapbook Competition is a $1000 cash award, publication, twenty books, and will be featured at the annual Sanger-Stewart Endowed Reading at The Hudson Valley Writers' Center. At the discretion of the judges, a second chapbook may be selected for publication with an award of $250. SHP uses a blind judging system and subscribes to the CLMP contest code of ethics.

2014 Guidelines and Rules

  • The Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition is open to all writers who have not yet published a collection of poems in book or chapbook form.

  • Individual poems may be previously published, but poems must not have been published as a group in any form, including self-published collections.

  • Manuscripts may be either a collection of poems or one long poem and should be a minimum of 16 pages and a maximum of 20 pages (not including the title page or table of contents).

  • All poems should be single spaced. Please use a 12-point font and a standard typeface.

  • All manuscripts must include a title page and table of contents

  • We encourage on-line submissions made through our submissions-manager service ( On-line submissions must not include the writer's name or other identifying information anywhere in the uploaded file. All online submissions must be paid through Submittable.

  • Manuscripts submitted by mail must include the SHP Manuscript Submission Form (Download Here). Each manuscript must be accompanied by a $20 Reading fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to The Hudson Valley Writers' Center

  • Poets may submit more than one collection for consideration, but a $20 reading fee must accompany each entry.

  • The reading period for the competition begins on February 15. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by May 15th. Submissions will be considered only if received between those dates.

  • The author of the winning manuscript will be announced in September.

    Additional Guidelines for Poets Submitting via Standard Post

  • If requested, a copy of a previous published SHP chapbook (chosen by SHP) will be sent to the entrant provided an 8x10 envelope with $2.20 in postage is sent in with the contest manuscript.

  • Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript.

  • Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of results. Manuscripts cannot be returned and will be recycled upon completion of the competition.

    Questions and submissions can be e-mailed to
    or sent by mail to:

    SHP Chapbook Competition
    300 Riverside Drive
    Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591


Submit to the SHP
Chapbook Competition online:

Complete payment and uploading of your submission via Submittable:

Submit to Slapering Hol Press

Submit through standard post:
Complete the SHP Manuscript
Submision Form

Mail your application form, $20 reading fee, and manuscript to:

SHP Chapbook Competition
300 Riverside Drive
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

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