Sheltering Pines Press
P.O. Box 1344
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
SHELTERING PINES PRESS
FIRST ANNUAL CHAPBOOK COMPETITION, 2005
Final Judge: Henry Braun
The five finalists for this year's competition (in no particular order):
by Chris Green of Evanston, Illinois.
El Rio de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio
by Katie Kingston of Trinidad, Colorado.
by Jay Franzel of Wayne, Maine.
by Maxine Susman of Highland Park, NJ
and Leaving the Green Elm Market
by Jennifer Markell of Jamaica Plain, MA.
The winning manuscripts were chosen from an amazing abundance; 185 entries were submitted.
We were surprised and delighted at the number of quality manuscripts received,
and pushed back our announcement date to ensure that we gave each
and every manuscript the attention that it deserved. Each manuscript
(first stripped of cover letters or any other identifiers,
by a non-staff volunteer) was read by at least two of our staff editors,
and the semi-finalists were then passed along to our final judge,
Henry Braun, whose role as our final judge remained secret
(not only to contest entrants but even to the other SPP staffers!)
until December 1. Of his task, Henry wrote: "What an immense labor
and pleasure you've gifted me with! Reading these chapbook manuscripts
was a labor because so many--in fact, all--were skilled and touching."
But Henry rose to the task and chose what we think are six fabulous manuscripts.
We would like to thank each and every poet who entrusted is with their work and made our first
competition such a great success. We look forward to publishing the winning chapbooks
over the coming months, and look forward to next years' competition as well.
Annie, Dennis, John Michael, Marita, and Henry
Click here for guidelines for the 2006 competition!