Tuesday, November 17, 2015

And We’re Off and Reading!

The 2015/2016 Season Open Reading submission window closed this past Saturday and now we have lots of reading to do! 

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted.  Finalists will be contacted in the second half of December.  We’ll only be reaching out to those who are being selected or come really close.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the selection process or timing.

We anticipate selecting two to five manuscripts, and some of those could be for “limited edition” runs.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Get Ready to . . . SUBMIT!

The Grey Book Press 2015/2016 chapbook season open reading kicks off in about 24 hours. So, after you get home from your Halloween party, maybe while you’re still a little drunk, send us your manuscript.  And then set your clocks back an hour.  Or two.

The window opens at midnight (00:00 November 1).  Here are the guidelines.
—If you’ve had a chapbook published by GBP, you’re excluded this time.  (There will be a special “event” for you later.)
—One entry per person.  No reading fee.
—Manuscripts will be read as “blindly” as possible, so please take your name off the title page.
—Manuscripts should have between 16 and 24 pages of poems.
—Email submissions to greybookpress (at) gmail (dot) com.  Subject line: “SUBMISSION - [LAST NAME] - [TITLE]”
—Send submissions until 11:59 p.m. on November 14, 2015.
—Notifications around mid-December.
—There will be at least one “winner” and one “runner up.”  The “winner” will receive an open-ended publication with 25 author copies.  Other accepted manuscripts could be limited editions of 50 (in which case, you’d receive 15 copies).

Just as a side note, we usually aim for “range” in making multiple acceptances. For instance, the favorite/best/most resonant chapbook will be the “winner,” and other selected manuscripts will be . . . different (from the “winning” chapbook and one another). 

If you have any questions not answered/addressed above, let us know at the email listed above.

Good luck!

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Since the release of Mike Sikkema’s chapbook at the end of August, we’ve had some relative downtime. But it hasn’t be restful. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes, so let’s call it the “calm before the storm.”

We have three chapbooks set for release in the coming months. The first, by Erin Trapp, is slated for December. This one is, technically (and quietly) the fifth chapbook of the 2014/2015 season. After that will be two “off-cycle” chapbooks by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa (January) and E. Kristin Anderson (February). Hopefully without too much of the “flexibility” we’re famous for.

The 2015/2016 season kicks off at the end of this month with the approximately two-week open reading period. “Winners” will be announced in December, and those chapbooks will start materializing in the Spring. We’re looking at possibly packaging some chapbooks into a limited subscription for the 2015/2016 season. More details on that as next year’s schedule takes shape.

But the big news, the thing we’ve been working on for several months, is our first real book. As previously noted, the poet is Ann Dernier, and the book is titled In the Fury. As with our chapbook schedules, the actual release date is a little inexact; “officially,” the date is December 1. But everything is going to come together before that, when we will start the pre-ordering and the sales through our website. Ann will also be doing some readings that will be announced in multiple places and at multiple times. It’s anticipated that the book will be featured prominently when GBP makes an appearance at a literary/arts festival in Atlanta in mid-November. Much more news to come as things are confirmed.

We’ll be making a more direct announcement next week about the imminent open reading period and the concurrent book pre-sale.


Time Missing
The next chapbook in our 2014/2015 season is Time Missing by Mike Sikkema.  It’s a fragmented poem exploring abduction and captivity narratives and their non-linear, interconnected realities.  We were drawn to the emotional depth and the winding path the poem takes in navigating the difficult journey as it unfolds. 

I like this poignant distillation:
“I was unclear I don’t mean

Space opened up

I opened into space”

Order your copy now and you won’t be sorry.  (Not about the chapbook, anyway.)

(That was a joke.  Mike’s awesome and you’re gonna love this one.)


We kind of skipped right over the month of July. There was a lot going on behind the scenes. First of all, there was the excitement surrounding Ashley D’Arcy’s early poems, which is now officially sold out. (If you’re in NYC, you may be able to find a copy at McNally Jackson Books.)

Next up, it’s another chapbook from Mike Sikkema, who’s poised to become the most published poet at Grey Book Press. Look for that one in the next few weeks.

The Autumn will be relatively calm until (drum roll, please) our first BOOK—-the debut full length from Ann Dernier. I don’t want to go too deep into it right now because you’ll be getting a lot of it once we get into September. Let’s just say it’s going to be great and everyone involved is very excited.


. . . from our move to a new house.  With most of the catalog copies packed up, we were limited to the newest (2015) titles.  And with a week and a half of limited access to the Internet, our ability to communicate and gather order information was slowed considerably.  But we’re back on track now, and most orders should be shipped by Wednesday (July 8).  After that, there won’t be many copies of Ashley D’Arcy’s chapbook left!