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Opportunity for Florida Poets

Juried Show or Competition


Deadline December 1, 2017
Sponsor YellowJacket Press
Location Tampa , FL


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 winners 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.


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.

Winner(s) will be announced in February, 2018.

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.

How to Participate

An online submission form is at Yellowjacketpress.Org

If this is your first time using Submittable, 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.

This opportunity has been submitted by The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact YellowJacket Press with questions or for more information.