Welcome to Finishing Line Press

  Finishing Line Press is an award-winning small press publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky, USA.





A prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in print 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. Pay by check or money order with submission, or pay online using your credit card or Paypal using the link below:



Postmark DeadlineMarch 31, 2014 (DEADLINE)

NWV Chapbook Competition

Finishing Line Press

P O Box 1626

Georgetown, KY 40324



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






Mailed submissions:

Please send a $15 check or money order with your mailed submission made payable to Finishing Line Press.


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.



The new issue of Finishing Line Press' partner publication Levure Littéraire is now online. Our FLP guests for Issue 8 are Judy Bebelaar,   Christina LovinSuzannah Gilman , Gary Walton, Marc Harshman, Melora Walters and Hélène Cardonahttp://levurelitteraire.com/edito-english/

Levure Littéraire is a non-profit publication funded by donations.  All donations are tax-deductible.  Please mention FLP/USA when donating.  To donate any amount (even 1 euro helps!), please click on the "donate" button at    http://levurelitteraire.com/ 


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Finishing Line Press

PO Box 1626

Georgetown, KY 40324


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LAKE COMO, Italy June 22 – 29, 2014



RAE ARMANTROUT–Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

ROBERT OLEN BUTLER–Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

NIKKY FINNEY–National Book Award in Poetry

PAUL HARDING–Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

EDWARD HUMES–Pulitzer Prize in Journalism

JACQUELYN MITCHARD–Orange Prize finalist, Editor-in-chief Merrit Books

ALEX SHOUMATOFF–Contributing editor Vanity Fair

JANE SMILEY–Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

SUSAN WHEELER–National Book Award finalist in Poetry

In June 2014, we’re holding our Abroad Writers’ Conference at a 18th century Villa on the shores of Lake Como. We are holding our conference at Villa La Gallietta at Lake Como, Villa La Gallietta was one of seven eighteenth-century villas built along the western shores of Lake Como, near the church of Saint George and Villa Olmo. Originally built by Pietro Antonio Fossani from Milan, who in 1772 bought the Villa Gallia and the surrounding land. Gallietta means "little Gallia", with relation to the larger building Villa Gallia. In 1830, the Villa was renovated by Melchiorre Nosetti. Nosetti adapted the facade to a neoclassical style. It should be mentioned that Count Giambattista, the writer from the Gallia family, created a selection of works in this very house which he loved for its seclusion, peace and silence. The building’s current appearance dates back to the renovation of 1830, commissioned by the physician Dr. Giuseppe Frank, professor at the University of Pavia, who purchased it in 1825 and hired the architect Melchiorre Nosetti who not only adapted to the facade to a basic Neoclassical style, but also refurbished the interiors. Upon his death, Giuseppe Frank named the University of Pavia as his sole heir, which a short time later sold the villa to the Marquis Brivio Sforza, in 1866. Since 1985 Villa Gallietta has been protected by the "Belle Arti" fine arts commission both for its architectural value and for the fresco and the elliptical vault of the atrium. The villa was also the subject of a novel written in 1856 by the French author Nathalie Comtesse.

Please Contact: Nancy Gerbault abroadwriters@yahoo.com



Workshops and accommodations are priced to fit most budgets.  This is a great opportunity to meet the FLP staff, and to study with some literary greats in one of the most beautiful places in the world.







Leah Maines, Director, leahmaines@aol.com

Christen Kincaid, Sr. Editor, flpbookstore@aol.com

Kevin Maines, Managing Editor, kevinmaines@aol.com

Roxanne Cohen, Kindle Editor, flpasst@gmail.com

Ryan Kincaid, Production Manager, finishingbooks@aol.com

Elizabeth Maines, Graphic Design, lmaines0@gmail.com   

Maureen Baxter, Editorial Asst., finishingbooks@aol.com

Shay McCleavy, Intern, finishingbooks@aol.com

Mimi David, Jeannie Murphy, and Joe Morrison, staff, finishingbooks@aol.com







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