Gazing Grain Press Inclusive Feminist Poetry and Prose Chapbook Contests

About: These contests are open to feminists of all genders and sexualities and are meant to promote socially conscious poetry, prose, and hybrid writing to a wide audience. We adhere to no one definition of feminism—we encourage a broad and diverse range of approaches. Challenge us!

Gazing Grain Press is edited by George Mason University MFA alumni and sponsored by the Fall for the Book literary festival.

Reading Period: March 1st – May 15th, 2015.

Poetry Judge: Natalie Diaz

Prose Judge: Amber Sparks

Poetry Prize: Publication, 10% of print run, and invitation to read at the 2015 Fall for the Book literary festival in Fairfax, VA (accommodation and travel within the continental United States will be paid). Runners-up and/or designated finalists will also be invited to receive recognition at the event. Contest finalists will be considered for publication in the Gazing Grain Press miniature series of limited-run, handmade artist books.

Inaugural Prose Prize: Publication, 10% of print run, and invitation to read at the 2016 New Leaves literary festival in Fairfax, VA. Runners-up and/or designated finalists will also be invited to receive recognition at the event. Contest finalists will be considered for publication in the Gazing Grain Press miniature series of limited-run, handmade artist books.

***Full Submission Details on our Website

POETRY OR HYBRID TEXT MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1.  This competition is open to all poets writing in English who have no affiliation with the judge, the editors, or the George Mason University MFA program.

2.  The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript itself. Include identifying information only where it is asked for in the submit form. Editors will read submissions anonymously.

3. Manuscripts must be between 15 and 25 pages (not including front and back matter), numbered accordingly, with only one poem per page. Every manuscript should include a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, if applicable.

4. The manuscript should not have been previously published in any complete form; however, previously published individual poems are acceptable. We also accept simultaneous submissions.  Notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are accepted, with a separate reading fee for each manuscript.

5. Submissions are only accepted via Submittable.

6. The winner will be announced in August 2015; the winning poetry chapbook will be published in September. The poetry winner will be honored with a reading and reception at the Fall for the Book literary festival and the New Leaves festival in Fairfax, VA.

PROSE OR HYBRID TEXT MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

What we’re looking for: Prose submissions including fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid texts. These could take the form of memoir excerpts, essays, short stories, novellas, series of short-short or flash prose pieces, or some hybrid of the above–though certainly not limited to these categories.

1.  This competition is open to all writers writing in English who have no affiliation with the judge, the editors, or the George Mason University MFA program.

2.  The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript itself. Include identifying information only where it is asked for in the submit form. Editors will read submissions anonymously.

3. Manuscripts must be between 15 and 25 pages (not including front and back matter), numbered accordingly. Every manuscript should include a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, if applicable.

4. The manuscript should not have been previously published in any complete form; however, up to 25% of the submitted manuscript may be previously published. We also accept simultaneous submissions. Notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are accepted, with a separate reading fee for each manuscript.

5. Submissions are only accepted via Submittable.

6. The winner will be announced in August; the winning prose chapbook will be published in April. The prose winner will be honored with a reading and reception at the New Leaves conference in Fairfax, VA.

All manuscripts are read by the editors, who will select a set of finalists to send to the judge for winner selection.  


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