The Ontario Poetry Society
The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award -

About TOPS








Members' Poetry







Open To All Canadian Citizens

First Prize:
$50 & 50 Free Chapbooks & A Fancy Certificate
Plus the chapbook will be advertised for one year on T.O.P.S. website

Plus 5 Honourable Mention Awards of a Fancy Certificate Each

Plus All entrants receive one copy of the winning chapbook collection.

Rules and Guidelines:
Manuscripts of 24 poems accepted.
Poems may be previously published, but not previously have won any contest prizes or awards.
The chapbook can be one long poem or a variety of different poems.
Maximum # of lines per poem is 35 lines.
The spaces between the stanzas count as lines.
Line length should be restricted to 55 characters & word spaces.
Chapbook page size is 8.5" high x 5.5" wide.
Manuscript to be submitted on plain white paper
(8.5" x 11") with one poem per page.
The poems need to be in the order of appearance in the chapbook.
Poems must include a front page index showing only the chapbook title
and the poem titles in the order you desire.
Poems need to be printed on only one side of a sheet.
Do not send any pictures or artwork or biographical information.
The winner can provide these things, as well as the publication credits for any previously
published poems in the manuscript, once the contest is closed.
No Author I.D. to be anywhere, front or back, on any part of the submission.
Include a separate cover page with author name, address,
phone number & e-mail (if possible), as well as a chapbook title & listing of poem titles.

Entry fee:
$15 for the first manuscript. Additional manuscripts are $10 each.
There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant.

Chapbooks to be printed on 24 lb. paper, colour card stock cover and black ink.
An I.S.B.N. will be provided and 2 extra copies will be printed & sent to the
National Library of Canada for their Archives.
A chapbook launch will be arranged within Ontario.
Should the winner live out of town, it is up to them
to arrange travel and accommodations in the city or town
for the book launch, at their own expense.

Additional copies for purchase by the winner are $4 each.

New Extended Deadline:
Entries to be postmarked on or before July 31, 2013.
Include a #10 s.a.s.e. (self-addressed stamped envelope) for the winners list.
Manuscripts are not returned, unless a larger envelope is enclosed with sufficient postage.

Send submissions to:

The Ontario Poetry Society,
#710 - 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9

The author retains all right to his/her poetry.
The Ontario Poetry Society is granted one time rights,
to publish the work in the chapbooks.

Contest judge is John B. Lee