In cooperation with the Kent State University Press, the Wick Poetry Center sponsors an annual poetry chapbook competition for Ohio writers, a National Teen Writing contest, as well as the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. The winning manuscripts are published by the Kent State University Press, and the winners give a public reading of their work on campus.

Ends on October 31, 2016$ 15.00
$ 15.00

The Chapbook Competition for Ohio Poets is open to all current residents of Ohio, including students enrolled in an Ohio college or university. One manuscript will be selected for publication in the Wick Chapbook Series, published by Kent State University Press. This prize is regarded for its excellence since 1992. In addition to publication, the winner is invited to give a reading at Kent State University. 

Past winners include Thomas Sayers Ellis, Hugh Martin, Philip Metres, Diane Gilliam, Karen Kovacik, and F. Daniel Rzicznek. 

Catherine Wing is the general editor of the series. The winner will be announced in January 2017.


The Wick Poetry Center accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($15) exclusively through our submissions manager, Submittable. We do not accept postal or email submissions. 

Poets must be Ohio residents OR currently enrolled in an Ohio college or university. Manuscripts must include 16 to 30 pages of poetry, with no more than one poem per page. The poet’s name and any other identifying information must NOT be included anywhere on the manuscript. The poet’s name, address, email, telephone number, title of manuscript, and school (if applicable) should only appear in the cover note section on Submittable. Current students, interns, fellows or staff of the Wick Poetry Center are not eligible to enter the competition.

Manuscripts must be submitted online between August 31 and October 31, 2015. No late entries will be considered. The winners will be announced in January 2015.