Wild Leek Press is pleased to announce the winners of the Wild Leek Press Inaugural Poetry Chapbook Competition and would like to thank all who entered. We are honored to have final guest poetry judge Ron Rash for our inaugural competition and so many excellent submissions. We are also happy to announce that within the same pool of submitters we expanded the inaugural competition to include winners for both letterpress printing methods and modern printing methods, and guest poetry judge Ron Rash chose the winner for each category. We will be sending individual letters to all submitters. Wild Leek Press will have information on purchasing the forthcoming chapbooks and broadsides soon.


Letterpress Printing:
1st Place: A Book of Birds by Susan Rae Sampson
A Book of Birds will be published as a completely letterpress-printed, beautifully-designed hand bound chapbook using handset movable type.
2nd Place: Chimney Birds by Jonathan Greene
One poem from Chimney Birds will be printed as a beautifully-designed letterpress-printed broadside using handset movable type.


Modern Printing:
1st Place: The Kindness of Crocodiles by Ann Struthers
The Kindness of Crocodiles will be published with modern print methods, and this chapbook will include a beautifully-designed handcrafted cover.
2nd Place: What’s Given by Roger Pfingston
One poem from What’s Given will be printed as a beautifully-designed broadside using modern print methods.


Honorable Mention (listed in alphabetical order):
Adrian Cepeda, Only Stars Rhyme at Midnight
Bill Denham, death will come
Carissa Dezort, Screenplay
Joanne Esser, Cataloguing Holiness
Soheila Ghassy, These Strangers or The Mystic’s Tale
Haley Hartzog, Wandering Thoughts
Maggie Hess, Reeds of Our Childhood
Caroline Holland, Remembering Cedar
Thomas Holmes, Beekeeper
Edison Jennings, A Letter to Greta
Melinda de Jesus, Peminology
Lawrence Kessenich, Pearl
Miriam Levine, Saving Daylight
D.A. Lockhart, Gravel Lot that was Montana
Herbert Martin, Two Times Twelve or Twelve and Twelve
Anne Merritt, Light Through Marble Veins
David Olsen, Second Chances
Kimberly Reyes, Warning Coloration
Joshua Richardson, Testament of Memories
Jason Santerre, Why Are We Not Screaming?
Joyce Schmid, Natural Science
Martin Settle, Maple Samaras
Caroline Shea, Lambflesh
Bobbie Shephard, Stand Closely and Other Poems
Annie Woodford, Kick Count


Closed: Wild Leek Press Inaugural Poetry Chapbook Competition 2017

Deadline: April 4, 2017

The Wild Leek Press Inaugural Poetry Chapbook Competition is now closed to submissions. The writer whose manuscript receives first place will be awarded publication and 12 author copies, which will be beautifully-designed, hand-crafted, and letterpress-printed using hand-set type in a limited-edition run. The writer whose manuscript receives second place will receive 12 copies of one poem from their manuscript printed as a limited-edition letterpress broadside, which will be printed using hand-set type. Wild Leek Press is located on the campus of Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia. All entries must be submitted through Submittable.


Final Judge: Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of four collections of poems, including Eureka Mill, Among the Believers, Raising the Dead, and Waking; five novels, including New York Times bestselling novel Serena, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, and The Cove; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award; and most recently, Something Rich and Strange. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.



  • First place: Publication of manuscript as a hand-crafted, limited-edition letterpress chapbook and 12 author copies
  • Second place: One poem from manuscript published as a limited-edition letterpress broadside and 12 prints



  • Please submit 15-25 pages of poetry in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format via Submittable.
  • Submit a cover letter with your name and title of manuscript.
  • Entry Fee: $10
  • Individual poems in manuscript may be previously published, but chapbook must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please withdraw your submission as soon as possible if accepted elsewhere.
  • Submissions will be accepted until midnight (EST) April 4, 2017.
  • Notification of results will be sent via email and posted publicly on the Wild Leek Press
  • Submissions that contain misogyny, homophobia, racism, or religious intolerance will not be considered for publication.
  • Keep in mind that, though we are not specifying character counts of lines, the length of lines and poems will need to fit in a handcrafted standard-sized book using handset type.
  • For all work accepted, we request First North American serial rights, with all rights reverting back to the author upon publication. We ask that you please credit Wild Leek Press as the original publisher for reprints.