Announcing the ROBIN BECKER CHAPBOOK PRIZE: Please read the complete guidelines below, and please help to spread the word!
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SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS announces the 2008 ROBIN BECKER CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an original, unpublished manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered writer.
Prize: $100 plus 25 copies.
Submission deadline: Postmarked between March 1 and May 15 of each year.
Eligibility: Open to all L/G/B/T poets writing in English (no translations, please).
Any poet who identifies as L/G/B/T is eligible to submit to the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. The manuscript itself need not address L/G/B/T themes, though such work is welcome. The final judge for this series is Robin Becker.
Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages (not including front matter). Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number; the second cover page should have the manuscript title only. Include a table of contents page. Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.
Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical note. The author's name must not appear in the manuscript. All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged in. Manuscript titles and their log numbers will be posted on the web site [http:// sevenkitchens. blogspot. com] (remove spaces from URL) as they are received.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Submissions must be posted between March 1 and May 15, 2008. The winning manuscript will be announced on or before August 15. Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for publication in the chapbook series.
Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail. Do not staple or bind your manuscript. If you are sending by mail, please use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope. If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .rtf files are ideal); you must include the words “Robin Becker Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail.
Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit (multiple submissions are welcome). Checks should be made payable to Ron Mohring. Online payment may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com. Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook, to be published before December 31, 2008.
The winner will receive $100 and 25 copies of the chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews of the chapbook.
Send your manuscript:
~ by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to: sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com; or
~ by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.
ABOUT THE SERIES JUDGE:
Robin Becker serves as poetry editor for the Women's Review of Books and is a professor of English and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of six collections of poems, including Giacometti's Dog (1990), All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000) and Domain of Perfect Affection (2006), all from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and of the chapbook Venetian Blue (Frick Art & Historical Center, 2002).
Becker's honors include individual fellowships from the Bunting Institute, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She won the 1996 Lambda Literary Award for All-American Girl, and the 1997 Virginia Faulkner Prize for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner Magazine. In 1998, Becker was a visiting Scholar at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York. In 2007, she was the Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet at Bucknell University. She has served as final judge for many national poetry competitions including the Astrea Awards, the Benjamin Saltman Prize from Red Hen Press, The Idaho Prize from Lost Horse Press, the John Ciardi Prize from Bk Mk Press, and the Prairie Schooner Book Award in Poetry. Becker's column on poetry and the poetry scene, Field Notes, appears in the Women's Review of Books.