CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS
FINISHING LINE PRESS HAS NO READING FEE IN NOVEMBER
The month of November is our annual reading period. During this month we gladly accept manuscripts,
and we do not require a reading fee/processing fee during this month for all manuscripts shipped to us via regular post.
We are specifically looking for poetry chapbook manuscripts; however, we will gladly read manuscripts of any length during this period.
Please mail (via regular post) your manuscript of any length or genre to:
Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324
A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with the correct postage must accompany all mailed manuscripts.
A SASE is needed for any kind of response, even if the writer does not want the material returned.
A good photocopy of the manuscript or a computer printout, rather than the original, should be sent.
Finishing Line Press is not responsible for lost manuscripts.
If you prefer submitting online, there is a $2 processing fee.
(It’s cheaper to submit electronically—save the stamps, save the trees, and save the SASE.)
To submit online: https://finishinglinepress.submittable.com/submit/49290
2015 Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition
results this winter
2015 New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition Results
The Winner of the 2015 New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition is Alysia Nicole Harris of New Haven, Connecticut for "How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars To Stars."
Harris won $1,000, publication, and a full registration for AWP Los Angeles 2016. Judge: Leah Maines. 455 entries.
Honorable Mentions are offered publication in the award-winning New Women’s Voices Series. Semi-finalists are offered general publication.
WINNER: Alysia Nicole Harris of New Haven, CT for How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars To Stars
1st HM Kathleen Tibbetts, The Orange Dreams of the Orange Tree
2ND HM Laura Marello, Balzac's Robe and Other Poems
3RD HM Kristin Kovacic, House of Women
4TH Sarah Sala, The Ghost Assembly Line
5th Liz Axelrod, Go Ask Alice - Liz Axelrod Poems
6TH Eileen Lewis-Lurin, Speechless
7TH Gina Forberg, Leaving Normal
8THDee Matthews, Souvenirs
9TH Lisa Katz, Are You With Me?
10TH May Lee-Yang, How I Lost My Name: Poems, Prose, and Other Things Without a Name
Cindy Bosley, The Siren Sonnets
Mary Ellen Geer, The Lost and the Found
Maryam Hand, Piercing the Veil
Mary Catherine Harper, Some Gods Don't Need Saints
Janet Norman Knox, At[tempts] to Ex[plain]
Linda Lancione, The Taste of Blood
Kelly Morse, Natural Language
Lindy Obach, North of Zenith
Pireeni Sundaralingam, News from Elsewhere: Fragments of the Sri Lankan Civil War
Carolyn Supinka, Stray Gods
Sally Thomas, RICHELDIS OF WALSINGHAM
Laura Budofsky Wisniewski, In the Garden There is War
ABROAD WRITERS' CONFERENCE/FINISHING LINE PRESS AUTHORS Poetry Contest RESULTS:
AWC is awarding a free conference stay and registration to the winner (at value of over $3,500)
AWC is proud to offer a special Poetry Contest for Finishing Line Press Authors.
Congratulations to Finishing Line Press author Alison Carb Sussman!
Alison has been selected as the winner of the Abroad Writers' Conference/Finishing Line Press Authors Poetry Contest.
She is awarded a full conference registration and stay at the BUTLERS TOWNHOUSE, DUBLIN
December 12 – 19, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, the UNESCO City of Literature.
FEATURING AUTHORS: JOHN BANVILLE, KEVIN BARRY, JOHN BOYNE, MARY COSTELLO, NOEL DUFFY,
DEBORAH HENRY, MEDBH MCGUCKIAN, JACQUELYN MITCHARD, RUTH PADEL, MICHELE ROBERTS, ETHEL ROHAN, GABRIELLE SELZ, BRITT TISDALE STATON, AND FINISHING LINE PRESS AUTHORS, and Special Guests BOOKER FINALIST JOSIP NOVAKOVICH, DECLAN MEADE, publisher of THE STINGING FLY literary magazine and the Stinging Fly Press, member of The Explorers Club, Delta Willis,
and Chef MICHAEL RUHLMAN. (MICHAEL RUHLMAN is a James Beard award-winning author of 20 books including four cookbooks he co-authored with chef THOMAS KELLER of THE FRENCH LAUNDRY–the French Laundry is listed as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world and top 10 in the US. Michael will be joining us in Dublin, he will be teaching a food and travel workshop along with Delta Willis. In addition, Michael’s joining Nancy in the kitchen to help prepare our special dinners. He has been involved in seveal television shows, “Cooking Under Fire” on PBS, a judge on “Next Iron Chef”, and he’s been a featured guest on the Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations”, Las Vegas and Cleveland episodes.)
Come join us in Dublin.
Winner: Alison Carb Sussman for
“Acting Like a Woman” and “Reuniting With Mother at the Zoo”
Honorable Mentions are:
1st HM: Patricia Belote for “slander”, “Lush Green”
2nd HM: Georgia Jones-Davis for “Monumental Dog”
3rd HM: Don Colburn for "The Higgs Boson”
4th HM: JoAnn Preisser for “City of Windows”
5th HM: Chloé Leisure for “Día de los Muertos”, “Pelagic Nesting”
Winning poet will join FLP authors at the Abroad Writers' Conference in Dublin, Ireland, December 12 - 19th.
Contest was judged by Leah Maines.
Deadline: September 10th.
PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH OTHER FLP AUTHORS
Nancy can answer all your questions concerning the conference. She is the head of AWC.
Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324
Online submissions: please use submittable link to enter and pay:
If you prefer, it is fine to send a check or money order with your submission instead of using the buy now button.
A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with the correct postage must accompany all manuscripts. A SASE is needed for any kind of response, even if the writer does not want the material returned.
A good photocopy of the manuscript or a computer printout, rather than the original, should be sent. Finishing Line Press is not responsible for lost manuscripts.
Recent winners and notables: Congratulations to poet Cheryl Loetscher and Finishing Line Press for Winning the New England Poetry Club's Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award (for the best chapbook published in the preceding year) for the Finishing Line Chapbook, Unclaimed Baggage, Judged by Harris and Svetlana Sussman; Tania Runyan's poetry collection Delicious Air won the 2007 Belles Lettres Book of the Year award by the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Brenda Kay Ledford's Shew Bird Mountain won the 2007 PAUL GREEN MULTIMEDIA AWARD. The Paul Green Multimedia Award is given by the North Carolina Society of Historians. Marianne Worthington’s Larger Bodies than Mine (NWV Series) won the 2007 Appalachian Book of the Year Award for Poetry awarded by the Appalachian Writers Association. Anne Wilson won the San Diego Book Award (for "a book of poetry ") for her book SOLEA! Congratulations to BG THURSTON author of Saving the Lamb for making the “Highly Recommended” list of the 8th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards; Frederick Smock's Sonnets was a finalist in the Kentucky Literary Awards for excellence in poetry. Linda Annas Ferguson’s chapbook, Stepping on Cracks in the Sidewalk, won an honorable mention in the 2007 Oscar Arnold Young Book Award of the Poetry Council of NC. Kaye Bache-Snyder won first place in the National Federation of Press Women’s annual competition, in category 75, creative verse for her book PINNACLES AND PLAINS. Carolyn Howard-Johnson was awarded the Military Writers Society of America Silver Award for Excellence for her chapbook of poetry, Tracings. Abigail Gramig's poem "Requiem" (first published by Finishing Line Press in her chapbook DUSTING THE PIANO) is included in Billy Collins' new anthology 180 More : Extraordinary Poems for Every Day by BILLY COLLINS (Editor). Julene Tripp Weaver author of Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues; George Held, author of Grounded and The Art of Writing and Others, GARY L. LARK, author of Men At the Gates, Joyce Greenberg Lott,author of DEAR MRS. DALLOWAY, and to Paula Sergi author of FAMILY BUSINESS and John Brantingham author of PUTTING IN A WINDOW were all recently featured on Garrison Keillor's THE WRITER'S ALMANAC radio show. Karen Zaborowski Duffy’s (author of Giving in to the Smoke) poetry was featured on the PBS show The Newshour with Jim Lehrer . Michael Milburn’s poem “Preserved” from his FLP chapbook The Blessings of Motion and Silence appeared in Mary Karr’s weekly Book World feature, “Poet’s Choice.” In her column Ms. Karr picks a poem (or poems) each week and introduces it briefly. Book World is syndicated to a number of other papers, including the Washington Post Book World in The Washington Post National Weekly, washingtonpost.com, on-line data services and microfiche and CD-ROM versions of The Washington Post. Also appearing in The New Yorker (online only). Finishing Line Press has also been featured in Poet's Market Insider Report.
FOR BOOK ORDERS PLEASE EMAIL CHRIS AT email@example.com
Shay McCleavy, Intern, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mimi David, Jeannie Murphy, and Joe Morrison, staff, email@example.com