Agape Editions Poetry Book Contest Accepting Admissions

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Open for submissions: January 15-April 15, 2016.

Agape Editions, an imprint of Sundress Publications, announces the first annual Numinous Orisons, Luminous Origin Literary Award for a Book of Poetry. All authors are invited to submit qualifying, full-length manuscripts (45-150 pages) during our reading period, which is January 15-April 15, 2016.

We are looking for manuscripts of forty-five to one hundred fifty (45-150) single-spaced pages of poetry. Individual pieces or selections may have been previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Single-author and collaborative author manuscripts will be considered. Manuscripts translated from another language will not be accepted.

Entry fee is $23 per manuscript. We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that authors notify us immediately if their work is accepted elsewhere. Authors may submit as many manuscripts as they like, so long as each is accompanied by a separate entry fee. Entrants should pay submission fee(s) at our store, then email manuscript to agapeeditions@gmail.com along with your Agape Editions store receipt. Be sure to note both your name and the title(s) of your manuscript(s) in both the subject line and in the email.

The author of the winning manuscript will receive $500 and 10 author copies. Agape Editions will also send out additional copies for review on the author’s behalf.

As an imprint of Sundress Publications, Agape Editions is part of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; we are entirely volunteer-run. We publish chapbooks and full-length works in both print and digital formats, and operate a publication series in association with THEThe Poetry Blog. The majority of our authors are women and people of color. As suggested in our mission statement, we are strongly committed to diversity—we are not merely “open to” work by authors from different backgrounds; we need them in order to thrive.

To learn more about the mission and work of Agape Editions, please visit our website at http://agapeeditions.com.

Project Bookshelf: Jasmine An

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My bedroom used to be in the family library. When I moved upstairs into my sister’s old room, I left the geology textbooks, Chinese language learning picture books, and copy of Shakespeare’s 1623 folio behind. I brought with me a crate full of old field guides where I carefully identified and sketched flora and fauna in Thailand, Karen Tei Yamashita’s brilliantly weird collection on cyborgian Asian-America (complete with the story of the chicken who sang Madame Butterfly and a toaster sex scene), Pierre Bourdieu’s book of theory I used to write my undergrad thesis, my favorite gay fantasy novel, and a wonderfully dry translation of Journey To The West (the literary home of Sun Wukong, my monkey muse). The hammock in the bottom right crate is particularly useful for enhancing the reading experience.

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Jasmine An is a queer, Chinese-American who comes from the Midwest. A 2015 graduate of Kalamazoo College, she has also lived in New York City and Chiang Mai, Thailand, studying poetry, urban development, and blacksmithing. Her chapbook, Naming the No-Name Woman, was selected as the winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming in February 2016. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in HEArt Online, Stirring, Heavy Feather Review, and Southern Humanities Review. Her soulmate and forever muse is Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. As of 2016, she can be found in Chiang Mai continuing her study of the Thai language.