The 2013 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize is open for submission!
We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook
Prize is open for submissions April 1 through June 30, 2012. There is
NO fee to enter this contest.
Mary Ballard Wright wrote poetry, but almost no one knew it. She
raised three children through two marriages, kept a home, and
scribbled verses in those moments when she dared to think of something
other than daily life.
In 1979, a tornado swept through her town of Wichita Falls, taking her
home and everything she owned. Among the things she lost were her
life's work, handwritten poems kept in a closet.
Mary died in 2010, and here at Casey Shay Press, we have decided, in
her memory, to publish one poet each year. It is our hope to keep
others' work from sudden loss, be it a natural disaster, a technical
failure that destroys a hard drive, or a personal loss in the theft of
the laptop where we kept our work.
The winner of the Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize will receive
$500, 25 printed copies of the chapbook, and a book contract for the
sale of physical and electronic versions of the chapbook.
There is NO fee to enter this contest, but each entrant may submit
only one manuscript.
Rule for Entries:
Deadline: June 30, 2012
The Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize is open to all poets, published
Poems should adhere to a theme, however loosely.
We consider themes for adults as well as collections for children.
Individual poems may be previously published, but poems should not
have been published as a group in any form, including self-published
No more than 10% of the poetry should have been posted to blogs or web
sites previously, and print and digital rights to any published poems
should have reverted to the author to be eligible.
Manuscripts may be either a collection of poems or one long poem and
should be a minimum of 20 pages and a maximum of 40 pages (not
including the title page).
All poems should be single spaced and typed in size 12 Times New Roman
or similar font.
Each manuscript should include a title page. This page should include
the title, a one-sentence explanation of the chapbook's theme, and
contact information on the poet. Please use your real name for your
submission. If you prefer to use a pseudonym on your chapbook, that
will be arranged later.
If any poems have been previously published, please indicate their
titles and where they were published.
If the poet already participates in readings, poetry groups, or
writers' organizations, we would love to hear about that, but it is
The reading period for the 2013 competition begins on April 1, 2012.
Entries must be submitted by June 30, 2012. Submissions will only be
considered if received between those dates.
The quarter-finalists will be announced July 31, 2012.
We are all-electronic, so submissions should be emailed with a doc,
docx, rtf, or txt file attachment to
<poetryprize(at)caseyshaypress.com> (replace (at) with @)
Please do not copy your poems into the body of the email.
Take a look at our 2012 winner: Uncommon Clay by Darlene
Franklin-Campbell! You can read free samples of her work at Amazon or
Barnes and Noble.
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