09 June 2012

Grazing Grain Press Feminist Poetry Chapbook Contest 2012

Post date: 09 June 2012
Deadline: 1 August 2012

2012 Chapbook Contest from Fall for the Book and Gazing Grain Press is a new, inclusive feminist poetry 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 to a wide audience.

The winner will be selected in mid-August, 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 (9/26-9/30).

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

READING PERIOD: June 15-August 1, 2012.

READING FEE: $20. Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $20 fee.

PRIZE: Publication, 10 contributor copies, and invitation to read at the 2012 Fall for the Book literary festival (accommodation and travel to Fairfax, VA will be paid within the continental United States). Runners-up and/or designated finalists will also be invited to receive recognition at the event.

JUDGE: Brian Teare

A former National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is the author of The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-award winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2013. His chapbooks include Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, and ] up arrow [, as well as the forthcoming volumes Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness and Black Sun Crown. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.


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. 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 and a table of contents, if applicable.

3. Please include ONLY in the “comments” section of the Submittable form a cover letter with contact information, bio, and, if you wish, a few sentences about what feminism means to you and your work. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript itself.

4. The manuscript should not have been previously published in a complete form; however, previously published individual poems are acceptable. We also accept simultaneous submissions. Notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

5. Submit via Submittable.


For queries: gazinggrainpress@gmail.com

For submissions: via submishmash

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