NEA BIG READ INTERNATIONAL CHAPBOOK COMPETITION
2021 International 3-Day Poetry Chapbook Contest
October 8, 2021, at 6PM E.S.T. —October 11, 2021, at 6PM E.S.T.
Registration (Online Registration Form Below)
No fee to enter, however you must register by Monday, October 4, at 6PM. E.S.T. Find registration below.
Theme for 2021
“Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”
1st Prize: $500, soft-cover publication (perfect bound), 50 free copies
2nd Prize: e-book publication, gift card
3rd Prize: e-book publication, gift card
Final Judge: Cindy Hunter-Morgan, Author of Harborless
Winners announced in January 2022. Reading by winners and open mic celebration to follow in April 2022 at Peter White Public Library for National Poetry Month.
The 2021 International 3-Day Poetry Chapbook Contest is an opportunity for writers to engage for one weekend in the collective spirit of creating new work. The contest is part of Peter White Public Library’s NEA Big Read programming, focusing on themes and ideas inspired by the chosen book: Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise. The contest is designed to push participants to try new writing methods, ideas, and forms. Following all contest guidelines will help generate poetry that is raw, original, fresh, and exciting.
The theme for this year’s contest is Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Participants are encouraged to write poems that reflect how the past shapes the present and future, a major idea in Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise. To aid participants in this process, 80 poetry prompts have been provided to spark new work. These prompts will be available in a PDF starting on Friday, October 8.
Every participant in the 2021 International 3-Day Poetry Chapbook Contest is on the honor system. No previously published work accepted. All poems must be created between October 8, 2021, at 6PM E.S.T. and October 11, 2021, at 6PM E.S.T. However, in preparation for the contest participants are allowed to gather notes and kernels of ideas for poems. Additionally, participants are given an extra day to type and format their manuscript.
All manuscript entries must be in English, 15-45 pages, typed in 12pt. Times New Roman font, and submitted on one document (WORD or PDF) no later than Tuesday, October 12, at 6PM E.S.T. Please include a Title Page and Table of Contents. Each poem should begin on a new page. The contest judging is blind, so your name should not be anywhere on the manuscript. Instead, submit a separate document with your name, contact information, and the title of your manuscript.
Email manuscripts and your separate document here: email@example.com
For questions and inquiries about the 2021 International 3-Day Poetry Chapbook Contest, email Ronnie Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 International Chapbook Competition