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Welcome to Overleaf, a chapbook manuscript competition which awards contracts to one Canadian and one international poet each year.
Everyone who enters gets to choose a book from our trade catalogue, shipping included.

Something very different this year! Marianne and Suzanne and I had such a good time during the production of Alison Watt's Crossing that we want to do it again: here is our chance to further explore the book arts. The winning chapbooks may or may not be concertina-folded because the winning poems will determine the design. Poets may want to include their own artwork, though the manuscripts will be judged on poetry only. Published poems are welcome if you hold copyright. Imagine such a beautiful chapbook designed just for your poem.

Can't imagine? See examples by clicking here.

The prizes for this year's competition:

A contract with Leaf Press to publish your poem or poem sequence as an artful chapbook. The prize includes ten free copies. This will be a limited edition: numbers and price to be decided together with the author.

The fee of $25.00 per entry supports Leaf's publishing program. By participating you contribute to Canada's small independent publishing community. If you wish to contribute more, simply increase the quantity in the PayPal window. Australian and Japanese poets: we beg you to add a few extra dollars to help with postage. It is often more than the entry fee!

Thank you very much for participating. We look forward to reading your poems.






1. Pay the entry fee:

Click on the PayPal link below. PayPal accepts VISA (no membership necessary) and is a secure way to pay online.

You may also pay by VISA over the telephone 250-390-3028; e-transfer $25.00 to poems[at]leafpress[dot]ca or send a cheque to Leaf Press, Box 416, Lantzville, BC, Canada, V0R 2H0.

2. Send two attachments: a cover letter and the chapbook manuscript to poems[at]leafpress.ca. Please put Overleaf in the subject line to ensure your email will not be lost in the flurry. We will acknowledge receipt.

With the cover letter include the title of the manuscript, your name, postal address, email address and phone number; and the title of the book you wish to receive (click here for a link to the catalogue).

Your manuscript should be 10 poems long maximum. (Line length and poem length will determine your chapbook's shape. Each poem will begin a new page, even if it is a haiku.) Leave your name off the manuscript—blind judging is in effect. Published poems are welcome if you hold copyright.

3. Deadline: September 15, 2017. Announcement:

Woweee ... this has been a rush--in a good way, a body-feel way. Congratulations to Yvonne Blomer of Victoria, BC, and Lindsey Weishar of Mission, Kansas, the 2017 Overleaf winners!


The 2017 Overleaf Chapbook Manuscript Competition will be judged by Tina Biello

Tina Biello is a poet, a playwright, and a Commedia dell'arte mask artist; she teaches mask work for performance to youth. Her chapbook Momenti, published by Leaf Press (2010) was shortlisted for the Bressani Prize, and was part of multidisciplinary art exhibitions of poetry and watercolour in Montreal and Vancouver. Eight of these poems were composed and recorded to a CD of music called Dolci Momenti. Leaf Press published In the Bone Cracks of the Walls, her first full-length book of poems, in 2014; the translation of the book, Nelle fenditure profonde delle mura, toured in Italy in 2015. A Housecoat Remains came out in 2015 from Guernica Editions. Tina is the current Poet Laureate for Nanaimo and has a book forthcoming from Caitlin Press in 2018. Visit her at www.tinabiello.com.

Our Logo Designer is Chris Paul, internationally acclaimed Coast Salish artist known for his limited edition giclee prints, cedar panels, and glass sculptures.
Visit him at www.chrispaul.ca

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