Sunday, October 29, 2017

2017/2018 Open Reading Period Guidelines

The 2016/2017 chapbook season open reading starts in a few days . . . officially midnight (00:00 November 1).  Here are the guidelines.
—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]”
—If you’ve had a chapbook published by GBP, you’re not excluded this time.  But if there are multiple GBP veterans among the “finalists,” only one will be considered for publication.
—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, plus likely reading slot at AWP and companion broadside.  Other accepted manuscripts could be limited editions of 50 (in which case, 15 author copies).

In selecting chapbooks for publication, 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). 

We have some interesting ideas about “mixing it up” with our publications this season. (Hint: some short-form poetry chapbooks would be nice.)  There’s also the closing of Red Paint Hill Press; we invite orphaned authors to submit (and identify as such), but we’ll stop short of creating a guaranteed slot (more like a special exception) . . . a RPHP finalist could potentially have an advantage for publication.

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

Good luck!

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