CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

 

2015 NEW WOMEN'S VOICES SERIES CHAPBOOK COMPETITION (Now in its 17th year!)

A prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in print edition and eBook format.

Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify.

International entries are welcome. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Final judge: Leah Maines. All entries will be considered for publication.

The top-ten finalists will be offered publication in the New Women's Voices Series.

Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee. 

 

To submit online click on https://finishinglinepress.submittable.com/submit/37185           

or mail $15.00 USD entry and fee to

 

NWV Chapbook Competition

Finishing Line Press

P O Box 1626

Georgetown, KY 40324

USA


Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2015

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.

 

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2014 Open Chapbook Competition Results (289 entries)

Winner: Terry Eicher of New Haven, CT for USES OF THE BAOBAB

Finalists

1st Honorable Mention: Pablo Miguel Martinez of New York, NY

2nd Honorable Mention: Ethan Joella of Pen Argyl, PA

3rd Honorable Mention: Madeleine Beckman of New York, NY

And 14 Semi-finalists

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Finishing Line Press Horse Anthology Contest Winner’s List

(In order as they will appear in the chapbook.)

 

FIRST PLACE:  “Cigar (1990-2014)” by Jordan Nichols (age 20)

“Race Course” by Marcella Cross      (age 14, Honorable Mention)

“Our Own Kind” by Marilyn Burkhardt

“The Horse” by Nina E. Larsen

“Along Apple Trails” by Claire D. Mazur

“The Dance” by Phyllis Price

“Marah” by Jacqueline Kolosov  

“Postcard” by Joan Leotta

“Ode to a Filly” by Rebecca Baez

“Meditating on Grooming” by Mary Wlodarski

“Counterbalance” by Matt Kraunelis

“War Horse” by Phyllis Price

“Rhythms” by Jerri Hardesty

“Winter Horse” by Helene Cardona

“Ode to Star” by DeMar Regeir

“Music Education” by Gwen Hart

“Headfirst: A South Texas Tale” by Jim LaVilla-Havelin

“Just Like Her” by Miriam Bat-Ami

“Love at Last Sight” by Lisa Underwood

“Hiring a Horse” by Patricia Brooks

“Redeemer” by Mary McDonough

“Walking On Air” by Mary McDonough

“Draft Horse Run” by Kathy Truders

“Luke” by Barbara MacKay

“The Last Word” by Emily Cross (Honorable Mention) 

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GENERAL CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS:

We read general submissions year round. Manuscript must be a paper copy. Please include a $15 reading fee with your manuscript.  Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter (you can pay by check or money order.)   or submit online using our online submissions manager:  https://finishinglinepress.submittable.com/submit  

Send to
Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324
USA

 

 

Online submissions: please use submittable link to enter and pay:  

 

http://finishinglinepress.submittable.com/submit

 


 

 

If you prefer, it is fine to send a check or money order with your submission instead of using the buy now button.


All manuscripts are selected by editorial process. Response time is 3-6 months.

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.


Become a "FRIEND OF FINISHING LINE PRESS." Please help support small press poetry.  Donations small or large are welcomed and appreciated.


Finishing Line Press is an award-winning small press publisher.

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.

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