The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field.

We offer opportunities to artists and writers through a variety of programs throughout the year. Current opportunities are listed below.
Ends on December 15, 2017$30.00

The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Program by December 15, 2017. The selected manuscript will be determined in May 2018 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, 10 of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through the Center. The selected poet will also receive a cash award of $500 and a $500 honorarium for a reading, to be held at the Center in the fall of 2018, as well as an exclusive opportunity for a week long stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York as one of their Winter Shakers. This year’s curators will be Natasha Trethewey19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014).


Please submit a collection or sequence of original poems or a single long poem not to exceed 450 lines or 21 pages (no translations are accepted). The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. Please provide a table of contents and a separate acknowledgements page containing prior magazine or anthology publication of individual poems at the end of the manuscript. Please note that the 450 lines or 21-page limit does not include acknowledgements pages.


File name should be the title of submitted manuscript. Only .PDF, .DOCX. and .DOC files accepted.