Deadline: December 1, 2022

Entry fee: $20

About the competition

The annual Slipstream poetry contest offers a $1,000 prize plus 50 professionally-printed copies of your book. Deadline is Dec. 1 every year. Everyone who enters the poetry contest receives a copy of the winning chapbook plus one complimentary issue of Slipstream magazine.

The winner of the contest is typically announced in late spring/early summer. The book and author are featured prominently on the Slipstream website for one year, as well as in all Slipstream catalogs, press releases, and promotional materials.

Winning chapbooks are submitted by Slipstream for review by various national and international poetry/writing publications and may also be featured in the Grants and Awards section of Poets & Writers magazine

Competition guidelines

  • Slipstream is a not-for-profit press, established in 1980. Our annual poetry chapbook contest offers a $1,000 prize plus 50 professionally-printed copies of your book. Deadline to enter is Dec. 1.
  • There is a $20 reading fee to enter the contest, which is handled through PayPal if you submit online. Everyone who enters the competition receives a copy of the winning chapbook plus a classic issue of Slipstream magazine (a $20 value).
  • To enter, send up to 40 pages of poetry: any style, format, or theme (or no theme). If submitting your manuscript by U.S. mail, include a $20 check, bank draft, or money order for the reading fee. Due to recent increases in the cost of mail, manuscripts will no longer be returned. Send only copies of your poems, not originals.
  • Please do not submit poetry manuscripts via email (use email for inquiries & correspondence only).
  • Contestants must provide a U.S. mailing address to participate.
  • Or mail to: Slipstream Poetry Contest Dept. W-1 PO Box 2071 Niagara Falls, New York 14301
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as you keep us informed of status. Previously published poems with acknowledgements are also acceptable. If you are sending us copies of your poems via mail, please provide legible typewritten or computer-printed copy only. Photocopies that are easy on the eyes are fine.
  • Everyone who enters the poetry contest receives a copy of the winning chapbook plus one classic issue of Slipstream magazine. In order to receive your books, you must provide a U.S. mailing address.
  • The winner of the contest is announced in late spring/early summer. The winner is featured prominently on the Slipstream website for one year, as well as in all Slipstream catalogs, press releases, and promotional materials.
  • Winning chapbooks are submitted by Slipstream for review by various national and international poetry/writing publications and may also be featured in the Grants and Awards section of Poets & Writers magazine.
  • Submit your entry here.
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