Ends on October 31, 2017

You are invited to submit a poem for the Not Our President Chapbbok

We are producing a chapbook of poems about the current state of America under Trump. We are inviting poets in the Philadelphia area to submit to the Chapbook, Not Our President. That includes students attending colleges located in the Philadelphia area.

Poems will be published in the Not Our President chapbook. Poems should not exceed 1 page in length (maximum 30 lines, 4 ¼ wide). The final chapbook will be printed in 12 point Times New Roman font on pages that are 5 1/2 inches wide.

Participants will get the opportunity to read their work at the Not Our President program at Fergie's Pub located at 1214 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, on November 5, 2017 at 2pm. 

Ends on October 31, 2017$15.00
$15.00
  • Winner will receive a $300 cash prize, publication, and 25 free copies of the book*, promotion on our website and a group reading at one of our venues in Philadelphia on Wednesday January 31, 2018.
  • Submissions accepted from May 1st to October 31st, 2017.

Please submit about twenty-five pages of material - Individual poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted so long as you promptly notify Moonstone Press if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

A $15.00, nonrefundable reading fee is required for us to accept and review your work. Please pay using the payment forum below.

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. 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 and remember that the final chapbook will be printed in 12 point Times New Roman font on pages that are 5 1/2 inches wide.

Include the following separately - The cover page should include the manuscript title and all contact information (mailing address, email address, home phone, and cell phone if available). a biography, 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.

Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Submit manuscript & other information via the submittable website:

moonstonartscenter.submittable.com/submit/85972/the-moonstone-press- poetry-contest

The reading of the winner and runners up will be on Wednesday January 31 at Fergie’s Pub @ 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Submission deadline is October 31, 2017 -Winners will be announced the end of December.

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

Mail the cover page *ONLY* along with a $15 reading fee*** payable to:

Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

* A Pennsylvania native, Grace Bauer has taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1994. She is the author of 9 books and chapbooks, most recently, MEAN/TIME. She has also co-edited two anthologies, most recently, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse.

** You can order as many copies as you like in addition to the 25 provided

*** Please note that this fee is nonrefundable should you decide not to participate.


While Moonstone is especially interested in publishing poets from the Philadelphia area, we embrace the entire poetry community regardless of the poet’s home address.

Please submit about twenty-five pages of material.  

Individual poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. 

If applicable, please include with your manuscript an acknowledgements page referencing prior publications. 

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted so long as you promptly notify Moonstone Press if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 

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Mail your manuscript along with a $15 reading fee to:

Moonstone Arts Center

110A S. 13th Street

Philadelphia PA 19107. 

Please note that this fee is nonrefundable.