Moonstone's Annual Chapbook Contest

Submissions open from August 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022

Nathalie F. Anderson, Judge


The winner will receive:

· $300 cash prize

· Publication and 25 copies of the book*

· Promotion on our website, newsletter, and social media channels

· Reading at one of our venues in Philadelphia


Please submit about twenty-five pages of poetry.

· Individual poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted so long as you promptly notify Moonstone Press if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

· Include only one poem per page.

· If a poem continues to a second page, indicate whether or not there is a stanza break. Thirty-five lines equal one page. Divider pages or section titles should be included in the total page count. When determining total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (example: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks should also be included as lines when calculating total line length. Count an epigraph as three extra lines.

· The final chapbook will be printed in 11 point Garamond font on pages that are 4 1/2 inches wide, so be aware of line length, tabs, and horizontal spacing within these dimensions.


Include the following as separate pages:

· a biography (this can be included in the cover letter), a cover page, table of contents, dedication, acknowledgments for any previous publications, and an inside title page (with no name). These pages should not be included in the manuscript’s total page count. The cover page should include the manuscript title and all contact information (mailing address, email address, home phone, and cell phone if available).

· Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.


Other Details:

· Submit via Submittable. No hardcopy or mailed manuscripts will be accepted.

· There is a $15 non-refundable readers fee for participating in the contest

* additional copies will be available for purchase


2022 Chapbook Contest final judge

Nathalie Anderson’s books of poetry include Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, Quiver, Stain, and the chapbook Held and Firmly Bound. She collaborated in 2021 with artist Susan Hagen and poet Lisa Sewell on Birds of North America, and her new book, Rough, is forthcoming in 2024 from The Word Works. Anderson’s poems have appeared in such journals as Atlanta Review, DoubleTake, Natural Bridge, The New Yorker, Nimrod, and Plume. She manages the list-serv Lit-Philly that informs about 500 members about literary events in Philadelphia. A 1993 Pew Fellow, she has recently retired from Swarthmore College, where she taught for 39 years, and served as Director of the Program in Creative Writing.

We had difficulty in finding a venue what seats 100 people for the LIVE part of Poetry Ink and are happy to be at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia on Sunday January 8. Beginning on Monday January 9 we will present those who could not join us live on zoom, since Moonstone now has poets from all over the country working with us. This also allows us to extend the deadline to October for submission to the 26th Annual Poetry Ink. Please join us.

We want you all: published poets, unpublished poets, academic poets, street poets, poets who write Sonnet, Villanelle, Haiku, Ekphrastic Poems, Concrete Poems, Epitaph, Elegy, Epigram, Limerick, Ballad,  Ode, Free Verse. Our 26th year of 100 poets reading in alphabetical order. Submit to our 26th anthology and to read.

Deadline: October 31, 2022

Event: January 8th, 2023


Anthology Submissions: Please submit one poem for our 26th Annual Poetry Ink Anthology.

Please limit your submission to one poem. 

Keep this poem limited to 35 lines total. When determining the total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (ex: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks should also be included as lines when calculating the total line length. Count an epigraph as 3 extra lines. A line that has more than 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) should be counted as two lines of your total line count. If lines are staggered like a Ferlinghetti poem, estimate the width of the line. 

The final book will be printed in 11 point Garamond font on pages that are 4 1/2 inches wide. Poems with lines longer than 4 1/2 inches may be rejected due to printing constraints.

$15.00

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 ready-to-publish material for a chapbook (under 50 pages) or a perfect bound, full-length poetry book (at least 80 pages). Poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers 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.

Include a cover page with the manuscript’s title and all contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone numbers), 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.

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

All submissions must be sent through Submittable. Mailed, hardcopy manuscripts will no longer be accepted.

Things you should think about

  • Do you have pictures/illustrations that you want included?
  • Do you have ideas for the cover, or do you want us to design it?
  • Do you want to include a dedication or acknowledgements page?
  • Do you want to include an author page with photo and bio?
  • Do you have quotes for the back cover?

If your chapbook or full-length poetry book  is accepted, we will do the following free:

Production features:

  • 5 ½ by 8 ½ trim size for Chapbook, 6X9 trim size for Perfect Bound. Inside copy would be about 4” by 7” (if the cover is a bleed then the trim size is 5” by 8”)
  • copy in 11 pt with headings in 14 pt
  • Text: 28lb Hammerhill Color Copy Digital (Chapbook) / 60# Natural 420 PPI, black ink (Perfect Bound)
  • Cover: 60lb Hammerhill Color Copy Cover Stock (with full color cover) (Chapbook) / 10pt C1S, 4 color gloss or matte (Perfect Bound)
  • About 30 pages of poetry, 8 pages of front matter (Chapbook)
  • A perfect bound book requires a spine of at least 1/4″ (practically, this means that the books needs a minimum of 80 pages of text) (Perfect Book)


Design and image features

  • Customization of Cover and Interior in consultation with our designer
  • Limited proof revisions with layout designer


Post-publication features

  • Registration with Books In Print® Database
  • Assignment of International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
  • Worldwide Online Book Distribution
  • Online Book Sales


Pricing 

Chapbook - Retail price $10, Price to author: 1 to 25 copies @ 50% discount, 26 copies and up @ 55% discount. Moonstone will retain 10 copies of your book for sale at the Moonstone on-line store

Full-length -Retail price $20. First Order: 100 copies of a 100-page perfect bound book will cost about $1000. Reprint Order: minimum reprint is 25 copies @ $9.00 per book


Deposit & Payment (THIS ONLY APPLIES TO FULL-LENGTH, PERFECT BOUND BOOKS )

We need 50% when you sign the contract and 50% when the 100 copies are delivered.

Moonstone will retain 10 copies of your book for sale at the Moonstone on-line store


If you have a problem contact Larry Robin @ larry@moonstoneartscenter.org or 215-735-9600

Ends on $5.00
$5.00

Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. Held during the last week of September since 1982, the United States campaign "stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them" and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. The international campaign notes individuals "persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read." Send us a poem about censorship or in praise of you favorite banned book.


Deadline: September 9, 2022

Event: September 18, 2022


Anthology Submissions: Please submit one poem for our Banned Books Week Anthology.

Please limit your submission to one poem.

Keep this poem limited to 35 lines total. When determining the total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (ex: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks should also be included as lines when calculating the total line length. Count an epigraph as 3 extra lines. A line that has more than 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) should be counted as two lines of your total line count. If lines are staggered like a Ferlinghetti poem, estimate the width of the line.

The final book will be printed in 11 point Garamond font on pages that are 4 1/2 inches wide. Poems with lines longer than 4 1/2 inches may be rejected due to printing constraints.

100 Thousand Poets for Change was initially conceived by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion in March, 2011, as a worldwide set of events to take place simultaneously on September 24, 2011. Literary event organizers volunteered to host associated events in their own cities or schools. On September 13, 2011, the city of Santa Rosa, California, declared September 24, 2011, to be "100 Thousand Poets for Change Day," and Stanford University offered to archive all documentation and audiovisual records of the event posted on the 100TPC web site. Send us a poem for social change.


Deadline: September 16, 2022

Event: September 24, 2022


Anthology Submissions: Please submit one poem for our 100 Thousand Poets for Change Anthology.

Please limit your submission to one poem.

Keep this poem limited to 35 lines total. When determining the total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (ex: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks should also be included as lines when calculating the total line length. Count an epigraph as 3 extra lines. A line that has more than 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) should be counted as two lines of your total line count. If lines are staggered like a Ferlinghetti poem, estimate the width of the line.

The final book will be printed in 11 point Garamond font on pages that are 4 1/2 inches wide. Poems with lines longer than 4 1/2 inches may be rejected due to printing constraints.

On October 8th 2021, President Joe Biden became the first commander in chief to formally recognize Indigenous People’s Day by issuing a proclamation celebrating the upcoming holiday. The proclamation says: “On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.”

The proclamation ends on a powerful note: “On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we honor America’s first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today.” Send us a poem. 


Deadline: October 1, 2022

Event: October 9, 2022


Anthology Submissions: Please submit one poem for our Indigenous People's Day Anthology.

Please limit your submission to one poem.

Keep this poem limited to 35 lines total. When determining the total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (ex: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks should also be included as lines when calculating the total line length. Count an epigraph as 3 extra lines. A line that has more than 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) should be counted as two lines of your total line count. If lines are staggered like a Ferlinghetti poem, estimate the width of the line.

The final book will be printed in 11 point Garamond font on pages that are 4 1/2 inches wide. Poems with lines longer than 4 1/2 inches may be rejected due to printing constraints.

A series for emerging poets between the ages pf 10 and of 25. A monthly reading series and a bi-annual publication which strives to bring together younger poets from various communities. We tend to gather in our own communities, there is nothing wrong with that except we begin to sound alike, look alike, think alike. Our attempt to expand everyone’s experience, to introduce other ways of everything.


Deadline: November 10, 2022

Event: November 19, 2022


Anthology Submissions: Please submit one poem for our Fall 2022 New Voices Anthology.

Please limit your submission to one poem.

Keep this poem limited to 35 lines total. When determining the total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (ex: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks should also be included as lines when calculating the total line length. Count an epigraph as 3 extra lines. A line that has more than 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) should be counted as two lines of your total line count. If lines are staggered like a Ferlinghetti poem, estimate the width of the line.

The final book will be printed in 11 point Garamond font on pages that are 4 1/2 inches wide. Poems with lines longer than 4 1/2 inches may be rejected due to printing constraints.

On its 100th Anniversary

The Waste Land is a poem by T. S. Eliot, widely regarded as one of the most important poems of the 20th century and a central work of modernist poetry. Published in 1922, the 434-line poem first appeared in the United Kingdom in the October issue of Eliot's The Criterion and in the United States in the November issue of The Dial. It was published in book form in December 1922. Among its famous phrases are "April is the cruellest month", "I will show you fear in a handful of dust", and the mantra in the Sanskrit language "Shantih shantih shantih".[C]


Deadline: December 1, 2022

Event: December 11, 2022


Anthology Submissions: Please submit one poem for our Remembering T.S. Elliot & The Wasteland Anthology.

Please limit your submission to one poem.

Keep this poem limited to 35 lines total. When determining the total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (ex: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks should also be included as lines when calculating the total line length. Count an epigraph as 3 extra lines. A line that has more than 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) should be counted as two lines of your total line count. If lines are staggered like a Ferlinghetti poem, estimate the width of the line.

The final book will be printed in 11 point Garamond font on pages that are 4 1/2 inches wide. Poems with lines longer than 4 1/2 inches may be rejected due to printing constraints.

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 publishers 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 11 point Garamond font on paper that is 4 ½ inches wide.

Include a cover page with the manuscript’s title and all contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone numbers), 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. 

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

All submissions must be sent through Submittable. Mailed, hard-copy manuscripts will no longer be accepted.


If your chapbook is accepted, we will do the following free:

Design and image features:

  • Customize the Cover and Interior in consultation with you and our designer
  • Limited proof revisions with layout designer


Production features:

  • 5 ½ by 8 ½ trim size, inside copy would be about 4” by 7” (if the cover is a bleed then the trim size is 5” by 8”)
  • copy in 11 pt with headings in 14 pt
  • Text: 28lb Hammerhill Color Copy Digital
  • Cover: 60lb Hammerhill Color Copy Cover Stock (with full color cover)
  • About 30 pages of poetry, 8 pages of front matter


Things you should think about

  • Do you have pictures/illustrations that you want included?
  • Do you have ideas for the cover, or do you want us to design it?
  • Do you want to include a dedication or acknowledgements page?
  • Do you want to include an author page with photo and bio?
  • Do you have quotes for the back cover?


Post-publication features:

  • Registration with Books In Print® Database
  • Assignment of International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
  • Worldwide Online Book Distribution
  • Online Book Sales


Pricing

Retail price $10, Price to author: 1 to 25 copies @ 50% discount, 26 copies and up @ 55% discount

Moonstone will retain 10 copies of your book for sale at the Moonstone on-line store


If you have a problem contact Larry Robin @ larry@moonstoneartscenter.org or 215-735-9600

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 ready-to-publish material for a full-length poetry book (at least 80 pages). Poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers 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. 

Include a cover page with the manuscript’s title and all contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone numbers), a biography, table of contents, dedication, acknowledgements for any previous publications

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

All submissions must be sent through Submittable. Mailed, hardcopy manuscripts will no longer be accepted.

Production Features

  • 6X9 trim size for Perfect Bound
  • (poems in this would need to fit at space 4” by 7”)
  • copy in 11 pt with headings in 14 pt
  • text: 60# Natural 420 PPI, black ink
  • cover: 10pt C1S, 4 color gloss or matte
  • A perfect bound book requires a spine of at least 1/4″ (practically, this means that the books needs a minimum of 80 pages of text)
  • If your submission is under 50 pages, please submit to our Open Chapbook Submissions form: https://moonstoneartscenter.submittable.com/submit/91032/open-chapbook-submissions


Things you should think about

  • Do you have pictures/illustrations that you want included?
  • Do you have ideas for the cover, or do you want us to design it?
  • Do you want to include a dedication or acknowledgements page?
  • Do you want to include an author page with photo and bio?
  • Do you want blurbs for the back cover?


If your book is accepted, we will do the following:

Design and image features

  • Customization of Cover and Interior in consultation with our designer
  • Limited proof revisions with layout designer


Post-publication features

  • Registration with Books In Print® Database
  • Assignment of International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
  • Worldwide Online Book Distribution
  • Online Book Sales

Pricing

  • Retail price $20
  • First Order: 100 copies of a 100-page perfect bound book will cost about $1000
  • Reprint Order: minimum reprint is 25 copies @ $9.00 per book

Deposit & Payment

We need 50% when you sign the contract and 50% when the 100 copies are delivered.

Moonstone will retain 10 copies of your book for sale at the Moonstone on-line store


If you have a problem contact Larry Robin @ larry@moonstoneartscenter.org or 215-735-9600

Moonstone Arts Center