Five Reasons You Should Submit to Our Chapbook Contest

Knowing when and where to spend the energy submitting your creative work can be difficult. Maybe you’ve already hit your rejection-capacity for the month and one more “we regret to inform you” will send you to the wilderness for a hermitage away from the publishing game. Before you pack your bags, hear us out.

1. If you win, you’ll receive publication, 50 free author copies, and a $500 honorarium. We get it, $500 isn’t the jackpot, but we’ve got an excellent team that’s thrilled to market your book. No joke—if you follow us on social media, you’re likely either impressed or annoyed by how often our books pop up on your feed.

2. You get the chance to join a community of incredible writers dating back to 2012, when the contest started. Imagine it: your book wedged on a shelf between past winners such as Danez Smith and Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie.

3. Even if your manuscript isn’t selected, you will have prepared and—hopefully—polished a collection of poems. Which is to say, you’ll get to experience the pat on the back that comes with finishing a body of work. And even better: provide proof to the skeptical family members that yes, you are doing something.

4. This is a contest for creatives, judged by creatives. We know how much time and attention goes into the process and will handle your manuscript with care equivalent to a neurosurgeon doing neurosurgeon things.

5. Our taste is not highly particularized—all topics and styles are welcome. If we had to name it, we value poetry with energy, voice and force, work that crosses borders or effaces them completely, work that enters into larger social conversations, work that lives in the world, work with calloused hands and a half-empty stomach. Poetry is and ought to be part of our everyday lives and culture.

Thank you for sharing your poetry with us. Best of luck.

The 2021 Chapbook Contest deadline has been extended until January 17th, 2022. Don’t wait until next year.

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Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival

Exit 36 Festival Information

Join us in Pompano Beach for the fourth annual Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival!

The festival seeks to serve the community through educational, theatrical, and literary performances. It will showcase regional, national, and international writers, facilitators, and artists to honor the creative genius of our own cultural arts pioneers.

Includes:
Writing workshops
Artists’ talks
Slam Poetry competition

This year’s celebrity judge is Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show and The Resident)

Get your tickets for December 9-11 or participate ONLINE: Eventbrite

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Best of Button Week 227

“I think it’s regrettable that we need to see ourselves in someone before we care about their struggle.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Summer Durant, Olivia Gatwood, Rachel Wiley, & Andrea Gibson! Congrats Poets!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Phil Kaye, Andrea Gibson, Blythe Baird, Desireé Dallagiacomo, & our newest release from Dave Harris!

Blythe Baird – “The Lesbian Reevaluates” (100K Views!)

“I’m trying to remind myself that redefining my identity does not make me a liar.”

Congratulations to Blythe on topping 100,000 views on this magnificent poem. Check out more videos from Blythe here and here.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, and our newest release from William Evans!

Alyesha Wise – “To This Black Woman Body, Part I” (100K Views!)

“Tell them that if this here ain’t black and woman enough well, my black and woman enough body just don’t want you.”

Congratulations to Alyesha on topping 100,000 views on this beautiful poem. Check out more videos from Alyesha here and here.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, and our newest release from Melissa Lozada-Oliva!

Siaara Freeman – “Hexes For My Exes (after Rachel Wiley)”

2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“I wish you girls who claim they can’t cook, and they can cook, they just don’t wanna cook for your punk ass.”

Don’t miss this dynamic poem from Siaara Freeman, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, our newest release from Melissa Lozada-Oliva & more.

Amaya Blankenship – “My Walk Home” (Get Lit)

Performing at the 2017 Get Lit Classic Slam.

“In the dark, light only casts shadows and it’s easy to be a target when lurking hands can hide.”

Don’t miss this dynamic poem from Amaya Blankenship, performing during the finals of the 2017 Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam, the largest youth poetry tournament in Southern California. Order Get Lit Rising today at simonandschuster.com, and join the #LiteraryRiot at getlit.org.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, our newest release from Melissa Lozada-Oliva & more.

Best of Button Week 133

“He once said I’m cute when I’m angry. Well, I’m about to look phenomenal.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Alysia Harris, Emi Mahmoud, Sabrina Benaim. Congratulations poets!

While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, and our newest release from Melissa Lozada-Oliva.