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Published on June 28th, 2012 | by Wild Gender


A Poetry Contest for Feminists of All Genders

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Open to feminists of all genders and sexual identities, Gazing Grain Press–named for a line from an Emily Dickinson poem–is hosting a contest to promote socially-consious poetry to a wide audience. The contest is sponsored by the Fall for the Book literary festival.

“We’re excited to the be the first self-named feminist chapbook press that encourages submissions from folks of all genders and sexualities,” said M. Mack, genderqueer-identified co-editor of the press.  feminist, femme queer, feminist press, letterpress

As such, the press touts adherence to no one “definition” of feminism, but instead encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches.

The winner of the contest will receive publication of their poem, 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.

Contest winners 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  to be held from Sept. 26 through 30.

Manuscripts are read by the editors, who will select a set of finalists to send to the judge for winner selection. Submissions will be accepted through August first with a reading fee of $20. Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $20 fee.

The judge of the contest is Brian Teare, a former National Endowment for the Arts fellow and 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 BornSight Map, the Lambda-award winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2013. His chapbooks include PilgrimTranscendental Grammar Crown, and ] up arrow [, as well as the forthcoming volumes Paradise Was TypesetHelplessness 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 our online submission manager.

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