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Chapbook Competitions

2013 Chapbook Competitions for Ohio Poets

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The Chapbook Competition for Ohio Poets is open to all current residents of Ohio, including students enrolled in an Ohio college or university. Two manuscripts will be selected for publication in the Wick Chapbook Series, published by Kent State University Press, and regarded for its excellence since 1992. In addition to publication, the winners are also invited to give a reading at Kent State University.

Past winners include Thomas Sayers Ellis, Hugh Martin, Philip Metres, Diane Gilliam, Karen Kovacik, and F. Daniel Rzicznek.

Peter Campion is the 2013 judge. Catherine Wing is the general editor of the series. The winners will be announced in January 2014.


The Wick Poetry Center accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($15) exclusively through our submissions manager, Submittable. We do not accept postal or email submissions.

Poets may only enter a manuscript in one category: OPEN or STUDENT, and only students currently enrolled in an Ohio college or university may enter the student competition. Manuscripts must include 16 to 30 pages of poetry, with no more than one poem per page. The poet’s name and any other identifying information must NOT be included anywhere on the manuscript. The poet’s name, address, email, telephone number, title of manuscript, and school (if applicable) should only appear in the cover note section on Submittable. Current students, interns, fellows or staff of the Wick Poetry Center, or any entrants with whom the judge has had a personal or professional relationship, are not eligible to enter the competition.

Manuscripts must be submitted online between August 31 and October 31, 2013. No late entries will be considered.