2016 Chapbook Contests from Gazing Grain Press and Fall for the Book

Submission Guidelines

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

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

Reading Period: March 1 to May 8, 2016

Reading Fee: $15 flat fee or $21 with choice of one chap (2016 winning chapbook or selection from our catalogue). Let us know your choice in the “submit” form, with your cover letter.

Prize: Publication, 10% of print run, and invitation to read at the 2016 Fall for the Book literary festival in Fairfax, VA (accommodation and travel within the continental United States will be paid). The prose winner receives an invitation to read at the 2017 New Leaves 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 events. Contest finalists will be considered for publication in the Gazing Grain Press miniature series of limited-run, handmade artist books.

Poetry Judge: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her most recent collection of poetry, Lighting the Shadow, was published by Four Way Books in 2015. Her visual and literary work has appeared widely including The New York Times, American Poetry Review,Guernica, LitHub, Callaloo, American PEN Center, and many others. Currently, Griffiths teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Brooklyn. 

Prose Judge: Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of four books: UnfinishedThe Evolutionary Revolution, Changing (recipient of a PEN Beyond Margins Award), and Parabola (winner of the 2006 Chiasmus Press “Un-Doing the Novel” Contest). With Blake Butler, she edited the anthology 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Young Writers. Hoang serves as co-director of Puerto del Sol, Editor at Tarpaulin Sky, and Associate Editor at Starcherone Books. She received her M.F.A. in Prose from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.

Chapbook Submissions

See category below for chapbook submission guidelines.

Book Review Submissions

Book reviews are accepted unsolicited year-round. Reviews appear online at gazinggrainpress.wordpress.com

(See category below for book review submission guidelines.)

Chapbook Cover Art Submissions

(See category below for guidelines.)



Gazing Grain Press is accepting art for consideration for the covers of published titles and for use in our miniatures. We accept art submissions year-round.

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.

The published artist will receive 10% of the print run and shall negotiate a usage contract with GGP.

Note: Art submissions are not read anonymously.

  1. Length: 500-1000 words.
  2. Unsolicited reviews are welcome.
  3. 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.
  4. Edit please! Grammatical mistakes detract from the quality of a review.
  5. Appropriately and correctly cite and quote in MLA format. Provide links to publisher and seller where appropriate.
  6. Provide a bio of 50-100 words.

Note: Review submissions are not read blind.