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Poetry Call for YellowJacket Press Annual Chapbook Contest

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Submissions are now open for the YellowJacket Press (YJP) Annual Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets. In memory of friend and YJP Poet, Mary Elizabeth (Bettie) Perez, this year’s competition has been dubbed the BETTIE Contest for Florida Poets. 

The winner(s) will receive $200, thirty copies of the book and will be invited to read with YJP during the AWP conference in Tampa in March 2018.

 GUIDELINES: Poetry manuscripts should be no longer than 24 pages total, including 18-20 pages of poetry, title page, table of contents and acknowledgments.  Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All entrants must be permanent adult residents of Florida.  

All entrants may receive a copy of the winning book.  To submit go to 

 Submission deadline is midnight December 1.  The winner(s) will be announced in February, 2018.

 YellowJacket Press has moved to using Submittable. Mailed and emailed submission will not be considered.

Submitting Online
If this is your first time submitting, you will need to create an account before uploading your document. To do this, click “My Account” at the top right corner of this page. 

  • Upload your submission as a Word (.doc, .docx), rich-text format (.rtf) file, or PDF.
  • Include a brief bio separately, along with the date you became a Florida resident, and notice of previous publications of specific poems, if applicable. 
  • You will still be prompted to checkout. A modest $12 reading fee covers processing costs and helps keep YellowJacket Press viable so we can continue to publish and support Florida poets.  You will be required to enter your credit card information in order to complete the submission.  

Previous winners of the contest include:  Dive by Heather Sellers of Tampa (2013); The Magician’s Daughter by Meryl Stratford of Hallandale Beach (2012); Girls Turned Like Dials by Liz Robbins of St. Augustine (2011); A Tiny Hunger, by Laura Sobbott Ross of Sorrento (2010); My Grandfather Singing by Jesse Millner of Fort Myers (2009); Better Accidents, by Kate Sweeney of Tampa (2008); Our Keen Blue House, by Michael Trammell of Tallahassee (2007); Many Loves, by Michael Hettich of Miami (2006); Message on a Branch, by Sharon Scholl of Jacksonville (2006); Night Windows, by Susan Lilley of Orlando (2005); Music in Arabic, by Mary Jane Ryals of Tallahassee (2005); Florida Straits, by Gregory Byrd of Clearwater (2004).   To purchase one of the above, send an additional $6.50 along with your submission.

The mission of YellowJacket Press is to support emerging and established poets in Florida with an annual chapbook contest, chapbook publications, and public readings. YellowJacket Press creates a means for poets to share and promote their work, and nurtures a sense of community among poets and audiences across the state.

For more information about YellowJacket Press or the chapbook contest contact .or check the website at