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The Kelsey Street Press Firsts! Contest
In this series of first books by emerging writers, Kelsey Street Press continues to link its editorial policy of addressing the marginalization of women writers to a poetics of allowance that encourages women to write directly from their own creative imperatives.
There is no submission fee for the 2017 Firsts! Contest.
If you would like to purchase any of the previous Firsts! titles, you may use the promo code FIRSTS17 on our website to receive a 20% discount on titles in this series. For a limited time, you may also purchase all three Firsts! titles for $30. (Previous Firsts! titles are 7 Days and Nights in the Desert (Tracing the Origin) by Sabrina Dalla Valle, Rings by Jasmine Dreame Wagner, and Deus Ex Machina by Jennifer Pilch).
The contest winner will be awarded publication, as well as royalties and author copies per our standard contract.
Reading Period: December 1, 2016-January 15, 2017
Contest Judge: Bhanu Kapil
Bhanu Kapil has written five full-length works of poetry/prose: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006: forthcoming in a new edition, Kelsey Street Press, 2016), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene (Nightboat Books, 2011), and Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2015). She maintains a widely read blog on social incubation, prose experiments, and dogs: Was Jack Kerouac A Punjabi? She lives in Colorado where she teaches for Naropa University's Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, and also for Goddard College.
Full Contest Guidelines:
your name-Please do not include any acknowledgments of previous publications or identifying information in the manuscript file.
-See "Manuscript Eligibility" above.
Simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to other publishers or contests are acceptable but please notify us with an email to email@example.com if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org