About: An inclusive feminist chapbook contest edited by George Mason University MFA alumni and sponsored by the Fall for the Book literary festival. This contest is open to feminists of all genders and sexualities and is meant to promote socially conscious poetry 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!
The winner will be selected in early July, and the book will be published in September. The winner will be honored with a reading and reception at the Fall for the Book literary festival in Fairfax, VA (September 22 to 27, 2013).
Manuscripts are read by the editors, who will select a set of finalists to send to the judge for winner selection.
Reading Period: March 15-June 1, 2013. Submissions are currently OPEN.
Reading Fee Categories: $16 flat fee; $22 with your choice of one title; $28 with both 2012 and 2013 titles. Contest book orders will be mailed in September.
Prize: Publication, 20% of print run, and invitation to read at the 2013 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 Gazing Grain Press miniatures–limited run, handmade artist books.
Judge: Cathy Park Hong
Cathy Park Hong‘s first book, Translating Mo’um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Her third book of poems, Engine Empire, was published in May 2012 by WW Norton. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and other journals. She is an assistant professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.
POETRY AND 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 blind.
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. Submit via our online submission manager.
COVER ART SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Submit no more than three images as representations of your work. Feel free to include a link to your website or web gallery in the submit form. If you wish, include a statement in your cover letter about what feminism means to you and your work. Visual art in any medium (including photographs of three-dimensional work) and photography is accepted.
Submit via our online submission manager.
OPEN BOOK REVIEW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
- Length: 500-1000 words.
- Unsolicited reviews are welcome.
- We only consider previously unpublished book reviews. A book review may be re-posted with proper acknowledgement of its first appearance at Gazing Grain Press.
- Edit please! Grammatical mistakes detract from the quality of a review.
- Appropriately and correctly cite and quote in MLA format. Provide links to publisher and seller where appropriate.
- Provide a bio of 50-100 words.