The 2020 Chapbook Contest
The South Dakota State Poetry Society seeks chapbook-length poetry manuscripts for our 2020 Chapbook Contest. All South Dakota residents are welcome to submit. The winner of the chapbook contest receives publication and author copies, and the chapbook is typically debuted at the annual South Dakota Festival of Books.
- John S. Nelson, “West River” (2019, judged by Nathaniel Hansen)
- Daniel G. Snethen, “Bird” (2018, judged by Valerie Wetlaufer)
- Whitnee Thorp, “Cicurate” (2017, judged by Fred Yannantuono)
- Barbara Duffey, “The Verge of Thirst” (2016, judged by Gary Dop)
- Submit up to 30 pages of poetry. No more than one poem to a page, but a poem may be longer than one page.
- Contest open to South Dakota residents only.
- Individual poems may have been published elsewhere, but the chapbook as a whole must not have been published anywhere else. Poems may be on any subject and in any form other than prose.
- Chapbooks must be submitted electronically through Submittable.
- Poets may enter more than one manuscript, but each entry will be charged a separate reading fee.
- Manuscripts will be judged blindly. Each manuscript should include:
- Table of Contents with no personal information.
- Title Page with just the chapbook title and no personal identification.
- A manuscript of poetry with no personal information (only the title and the poem) included; poems do not have to be titled.
An acknowledgments page listing poems that have been published previously, as well as the periodical, anthology or book, and date of publication.