Slate Roof Press



Winners of the Slate Roof Press Poetry Chapbook Contest/Elyse Wolf Prize are awarded publication and $500. We produce beautiful books with letterpress covers by an award-winning bookmaker, using high-quality papers. Elyse Wolf Prize winners become active members of the press, making a three-year commitment, gaining valuable experience in publishing, and participating in monthly meetings and the tasks of running the press. Based in Greenfield, MA, Slate Roof is a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, publishing art-quality chapbooks since 2004.

Winners of the Slate Roof Press Glass Prize for an original broadside will each receive $250. Each poem will be printed in a beautiful limited letterpress edition of 100 numbered and signed copies.

There are currently no open calls for submissions.

Eighteen Years of Poetry

Slate Roof members are involved in all aspects of publishing, such as working with local vendors, sending out promotion, managing bookstore accounts, participating in book fairs and presentations, designing promotional materials, providing feedback on other members’ manuscripts, editing/proofreading final copy, book assembly, and book distribution. The chapbooks are designed by the poet; we attend to papers, binding, and typography. Currently, our print run is 350 copies; of that, 25 copies are given to the author and 50 are retained by Slate Roof for promotional purposes. Poets retain copyright. All profits return to the press.

  1. To enter, review Membership Requirements below and to the right.

  2. Prepare your submission:
    • A title page with title of the manuscript only; a table of contents page; no more than 28 pages of poems; 12 pt. Times (or equivalent), 8.5 x 11 paper, 1” margins, pages numbered. No identifying information on any pages.
    • A separate cover sheet with title of manuscript, your name, address, telephone number, email address, and a short bio that notes collective or group experience you have or skills related to publishing.
    • Note that while individual poems may have been published, the collection as a whole must be unpublished, including self-publication.

  3. Determine your method of submission:
    • If submitting online (preferred method),  go here . Paste cover sheet into text box. Upload title page, table of contents, and manuscript (all three as a single document, no identifying information); pdf strongly preferred; doc, docx, txt, or rtf acceptable; other formats will not be accepted. See full instructions online.
    • If submitting hard copies, mail two copies of all materials to the Slate Roof address below by June 15, 2022 (postmark). No staples. Confirmation and contest notification will be by email unless you include SASE postcard and envelope.

  4. Submit! (Please choose the payment option below that works best for you).

    $10 reading fee. If submitting online, please make your payment via credit card. If submitting by post, please make a check out to Slate Roof Press and send with your submission to the address below. All entries will be considered complete once payment has been received.

    Sliding scale. If the reading fee presents a hardship due to the pandemic or other reasons, please 1) email us your manuscript at; and 2) go here to make a donation in an amount that feels accessible. If you feel you are in a position to make a donation exceeding the $10 reading fee in support of a fellow poet, we welcome your generosity. Your manuscript submission will be considered complete once both the text and the donation have been received.

    Slate Roof Press, 15 Warwick Avenue, Northfield, MA 01360-9638.

A winning manuscript will be chosen by the press via a blind review. In addition, we may offer publication and membership to finalists. For additional information on Slate Roof Press, contact us here, or email us at We reserve the right not to select a winner, in which case entry fees will be refunded. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Slate Roof Press:

poetry in art-quality chapbooks made collaboratively

Now in our 16th year, Slate Roof Press is member-run and committed to publishing the best new voices in poetry with a focus on Massachusetts and regional poets. Designed by the poets themselves, Slate Roof chapbooks feature letterpress covers, special papers, and hand-sewn bindings.



Our collaborative is dedicated to publishing the best in poetry and involving poets in the process. Contest winners agree to a three-year work commitment, averaging 8-10 hours/month, including attending monthly meetings. Contest winners will work with the collaborative to publish and market their work as well as the work of other members. Members receive feedback on drafts, and final manuscripts are edited by Slate Roof members.


Elyse Wolf is a signature member and five-year Merit Award recipient of the Colored Pencil Society of America. She received a B.A. in Art from UMass Amherst and went to the Art Students League in New York for two years on a Ford Foundation Scholarship where she studied with Morris Kantor and Theodoros Stamos. After moving to Washington, D.C., she took classes at the Corcoran Museum School Open Program with William Christenberry and Brockie Stevenson.

Her Artwork has appeared in numerous shows, including the Susan K. Black Blossom Two-Year Museum Traveling show, the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, the Salmagundi Club and The National Arts Club in New York City, the Corcoran Museum Biennial, numerous CPSA International shows, The Art League in Alexandria, VA, The Troika Gallery in Easton, MD.

Her work has also appeared in these books: Blossom II Art of Flowers, The CPSA Signature Showcase, The Best of Colored Pencil, 2 volumes; as well as American Artist Magazine and The Artist’s Magazine.

Elyse is a member of the Jackson Art Center in Washington, D.C. and the Torpedo Factory Art Association in Alexandria, VA; and she is a Signature/Merit Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.

  • For information on the 2020 SRP Chapbook Award/Elyse Wolf Prize winner Lynn Shorter, please click here.

  • For information on the 2019 Broadside Award and Glass Prize and winners Jendi Reiter and Armen Davoudian, please please click here.

  • For information on the 2018 SRP Chapbook Award/Elyse Wolf Prize winner Audrey Gidman, please click here.