Sundress Publications is pleased to announce its second annual chapbook contest for emerging writers. Authors with no more than two full-length books are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period from Febuary 15th to April 30th, 2013.
We are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be between twelve to twenty (12-20) pages in length, with one piece per page. Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Only single-author and collaborative dual-author manuscripts will be considered. A unifying element is encouraged but not required. Manuscripts must be primarily in English; translations are not eligible.
The entry fee is $7 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title. The winner will receive a $200 prize, plus publication as a beautiful full-color PDF available exclusively online. Runners-up will also be considered for publication.
This year’s judge will be Nick McRae. He is the author of The Name Museum (C&R Press), for which he received the De Novo Poetry Prize, and the chapbooks Mountain Redemption (Black Lawrence Press) and Moravia (Folded Word Press). He is also the editor of the anthology Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Publications). All are forthcoming in 2013. His work has appeared or will soon appear in Birmingham Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. In addition to serving as an assistant editor of Sundress Publications, Nick is associate editor for 32 Poems, poetry coordinator for the Best of the Net anthology, and poetry review editor for The Journal. This summer, Nick will join the staff of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
All manuscripts should include a cover page (with only the title of the manuscript), table of contents, dedication (if applicable), and acknowledgments for previous publications. These pages will not be included in the total page count. Identifying information should not appear in any part of the manuscript. We are dedicated to a fair judging process that emphasizes the quality of the writing, not the résumé of its authors. Authors with a significant relationship to the judge (close friends, relatives, colleagues, past or present students, etc.) are discouraged from entering.
Simultaneous submissions to other presses are acceptable, but please notify Sundress immediately if the manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry. No revisions will be allowed during the contest judging period. Winners will be announced in late spring/early summer 2013.
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