2018 Wallace Award Chapbook Contest, With Guest Artist Edreys Wajed

Foundlings Press is proud to announce Edreys Wajed as the guest book artist for its second annual chapbook publication competition — now “The Wallace Award,” named in honor of the Foundlings canine mascot, Wally. The editorial staff will read manuscripts through Nov. 30., and will announce the winner on Dec. 30, 2018. Wajed — celebrated artist, educator, and emcee — will provide original cover art and design for the winning chapbook, to be released in a limited edition in spring 2019.


  • 15-45 pages

  • Manuscripts must be previously unpublished

  • Individually published poems are OK - but please note as needed

  • Do not include any identifying information in submission document

  • Include name and contact information in email (no bios necessary)

  • $10 entry fee

  • After paying entry fee, send submissions to foundlingszine@gmail.com

Submit here: 2018 Wallace Award

All who submit will receive a free digital download of Foundlings Magazine Vol. IV. All proceeds will directly fund the production and promotion of the winning chapbook.

About the Artist: Edreys Wajed

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer, and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions in each. His approach in each endeavor is unique, high-quality, and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life.

As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship, and passion to inspire people are what drive his spirit of entrepreneurship.

From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife, to touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall, which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, seven of which he painted with his unique style and use of line.