2015 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, respectively, will be honored with a reading and reception at the Fall for the Book literary festival and the New Leaves festival in Fairfax, VA.

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 15, 2015

Reading Fee: $15 flat fee or $21 with choice of one chap (2015 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 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.

Poetry Judge: Natalie Diaz
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Her second book will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2016. She is a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellow and a 2012 Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. In 2104, she was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, as well as the Holmes National Poetry Prize and a Hodder Fellowship, both from Princeton University, a Civatella Ranieri Foundation Residency, and a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program and lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.

Prose Judge: Amber Sparks
Amber Sparks is the author of the short story collection May We Shed These Human Bodies, and co-author (with Robert Kloss and illustrator Matt Kish) of the hybrid novella The Desert Places. Her second short story collection, The Unfinished World and Other Stories, will be published by Liveright in 2016. You can follow her on Twitter @ambernoelle, or at ambernoellesparks.com.

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Book Review Submissions

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

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Chapbook Cover Art Submissions

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