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Call for Submissions: Gazing Grain Press

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Check out this poetry chapbook contest, edited by George Mason University MFA alumni and sponsored by the Fall for the Book literary festival. The contest is open to feminists of all genders and sexualities and is meant to promote socially-conscious poetry to a wide audience.

Reading Period: June 15 - August 1, 2012
Reading Fee: $20 per manuscript

Gazing Grain Press will publish the winning chapbook; the winner will receive 10 contributor copies and an invitation to read at the 2012 Fall for the Book literary festival (accommodation and travel to Fairfax, Virginia will be paid within the continental United States). Runners-up and/or designated finalists will also be invited to receive recognition at the event.

Manuscripts will be read by Gazing Grain editors, who will select a set of finalists to send to the judge for winner selection. The winner will be selected in mid-August, and the book will be published in September. The winner will be also honored with a reading and reception at the Fall for the Book literary festival in Fairfax, Virginia (September 26-30).

The 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. Manuscripts must be between 15 and 25 pages, with only one poem per page. The manuscript should not have been previously published in a complete form; however, previously published individual poems are acceptable.

Read additional submission details here.

* Brian Teare, a former National Endowment for the Arts fellow, and the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Headlands Center for the Arts.


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