Saturday, August 10, 2013

Submit! Gold Line Press

The deadline approacheth for this terrific contest. Pay attention poets and prose writers!

Last year's fiction winner - Alisa Sluaghter's Bad Habitats (chosen by writer Dana Johnson) is a wonderful example of the power of the chapbook form and an ingenious contribution to the literature of Southern California - linked tales told from the unlikely POVs of coyotes, skunks, herons and other non-human creatures.

From their website:
Multiple submissions are acceptable as long as they are submitted separately with separate entry fees.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please be sure to withdraw your submission via Submittable if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Please update any changes in contact information via your profile on Submittable.
No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered. The author of the winning manuscript will have the opportunity to make revisions prior to publication. 
Friends, colleagues, and current or former students of the judges — as well as current students of English or Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and recent alumni (graduating years 2007 to present) — are not eligible to submit. This year’s chapbook judges are Trinie Dalton (fiction) and Susan McCabe (poetry).
In January 2014 we will announce contest results by email, as well as on the Gold Line Press site. The winning chapbooks will be published in spring of that year.
Each winner receives $500, publication of her/his perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN, and 10 contributor copies. Gold Line Press sends out 30 copies on behalf of winners to respected literary venues for review. Winners can purchase additional copies of their chapbooks at cost.
We seek works of fiction that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: novellettes, carefully curated collections of vignettes or short short stories, or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design. Excerpts of novels or short story collections will not be considered unless they form a sustained and individual project in their foreshortened form. For poets, we also recommend that manuscripts be cohesive and self-contained in the chapbook length.


Manuscripts must be 20-30 pages in length for poetry entries, and 7,500-15,000 words for fiction entries (not including the title page and table of contents). Please submit your manuscript typed in font such as Times New Roman or Arial -- some alternative fonts such as Didot are difficult to read on a digital screen.
Manuscripts should be paginated with a table of contents at the beginning, unless the form of the book does not warrant it.
Include a cover page with title of manuscript only. No identifying material should appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Your identifying information will be available to us via our submission manager when needed.
Please do not include an acknowledgments page.
Individual poems/short stories may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be original and unpublished.
The manuscript must be in English. Translations are ineligible.
The $15 entry fee ($18 for applicants outside the US or Canada) includes a copy of the winning chapbook in your genre.
All manuscripts must be received between JULY 15 and AUGUST 31, 2013, 2012 via Submittable.

We do not accept hard copy submissions. Any manuscripts and checks we receive in the mail will be shredded and recycled without being read.

For more information, click here.

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