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.

The Future of America

VOTE

What is our future? Will we take the effort to vote on November 8th?  Do we  believe in Democracy or will we become an authoritarian state? 

Four million students graduate high school each year, but most do not vote until they are 25. We would live in a different world if they voted. We would live in a different world if all those pushed from the voting booth made their voices heard.

This may be the most important election in our lifetime. 

VOTE and urge other to VOTE. Do it with with us through poetry. 

Send us your poem to help others raise their voices.

Deadline: November 1st


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

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 thirty-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 and number/section breaks. 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 separate cover letter with a biography statement and contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone numbers). 

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 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 and number/section breaks. Divider pages or section titles should be included in the total page count. 

Include a separate cover letter with a biography statement and contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone numbers). 

If your submission is under 50 pages, please submit to our Open Chapbook Submissions form: https://moonstoneartscenter.submittable.com/submit/91032/open-chapbook-submissions

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.



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

Moonstone Arts Center