The LGBT journal BLOOM has announced judges for its 2011 Chapbook Contest: Mark Doty (poetry), Nina Revoyr (fiction), and Rigoberto Gonzalez (creative nonfiction). Deadline is September 15; entry fee ($15) includes a copy of BLOOM:

1) Contest is open to any author who identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.

2) Any entry by an author who is not LGBT will be disqualified upon BLOOM’s confirmation of author’s identity. Any entry fee will not be refunded.

3) Previous publication in BLOOM does not privilege or diminish an author’s eligibility.

4) For Fiction, material must be original and unpublished, either in print or online. An excerpt from a larger work is eligible, but should not be identified as such. The excerpt will be judged as a stand-alone piece of work.

5) For Poetry, material must be original and at least 50% unpublished. If poems have been published in literary journals, either in print or online, please list the acknowledgments on the Submission Form and not anywhere in the Manuscript. Poems published in books, including anthologies and e-books, are not eligible.

6) For Creative Nonfiction, material must be memoir, biogaphy, travel writing, or personal essay. Material must be original and unpublished, either in print or online. An excerpt from a larger work is eligible, but should not be identified as such. The excerpt will be judged as a stand-alone piece of work.

7) No joint authors.  An author may enter any contest, but each entry requires a Submission Form(download PDF), a Manuscript, and an Entry Fee. Simultaneous submission to other contests is permissible.

8 ) Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. The author’s name should appear only on the Submission Form that accompanies the manuscript and nowhere else, including Headers and Footers.

9) No translations; manuscripts must be in English.

10 ) Manuscript Preparation:

Poetry – Every manuscript must have a Title Page, with the title of the manuscript and a table of the contents (i.e. a list of the poems included). Pages should be numbered in upper right corner, with the Title of the manuscript in the heading. No more than one poem per page; no more than 25 pages (does not include Title Page). A paper clip is preferred, but staples are fine.

Fiction and Nonfiction – Every manuscript must have a Title Page, with only title of the manuscript (no personal information, no word counts, nada). Pages should be numbered in upper right corner,  with the Title of the manuscript in the heading. Please double-space the text; use standard margins; no more than 25 pages (does not include Title Page). A paper clip is preferred, but a staple is fine.

11) ENTRY FEE: $15 by check (payable to BLOOM Magazine) or paid online.  To pay online, complete the form below. Each fee entitles author to one issue of BLOOM.

Entry Fee $15

12) DEADLINE: Submission must be postmarked or emailed by September 15, 2011.

13) REGULAR SUBMISSION: Send Submission Form, Manuscript, and Entry Fee to BLOOM Chapbook Contest, 5482 Wilshire Blvd, #1616, Los Angeles, CA 90036. If you want to be notified of receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or envelope.

14) ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Email manuscript to queerarts@gmail.com with one of three subject lines (Fiction Chapbook Contest, Nonfiction Chapbook Contest, or Poetry Chapbook Contest). Submission Form may be emailed or sent separately. Entry Fee may be paid online or sent separately. NOTE: Work will not be considered until all three items are present.

15) ANNOUNCEMENT: The winner will announced (approximately) in December 2011.

16) Each winner receives $100 and 25 copies of chapbook.

17) Additional guidelines may emerge if we forgot something, but we tried to cover everything.



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