chapbook CONTESTS

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.

 

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

 

Submissions begin on October 1st and end on midnight December 1st.  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).

 

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.

 

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

 

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.