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SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS announces the 2010 ROBIN BECKER CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer writer.
Prize: 50 copies.
Submission deadline: Postmarked between March 1 and May 15 of each year.
Eligibility: Open to all L/G/B/T/Q poets writing in English (no translations, please).
Please note: Two manuscripts will be selected as co-winners of the 2010 Robin Becker Prize: one by a writer with no previous book or chapbook, and one by a writer with previous book or chapbook publication.
Please read the guidelines carefully; the complete guidelines are posted on the Seven Kitchens site and we are not responsible for other versions of the guidelines that may be posted, in whole or in part, elsewhere.
Any poet who identifies as L/G/B/T/Q is eligible to submit to the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize.
- The manuscript itself need not address L/G/B/T/Q themes, though such work is welcome.
- The final judge for this year's series is Eloise Klein Healy.
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, if appropriate.
- The collection may contain a series of poems or one single chapbook-length poem.
- Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.
- Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) bigraphical note, including a statement of any previous book or chapbook publication.
The author's name must not appear in the manuscript.
- Collaborative works are accepted. Should a winning manuscript be collaboratively written, the author copies will be shared equally.
- 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 Seven Kitchens web site [http:// sevenkitchens dot blogspot dot com] as they are processed.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly by email if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
- Submissions must be posted between March 1 and May 15, 2010.
- The winning manuscripts will be announced on or before August 15, 2010.
- Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for publication by Seven Kitchens Press.
Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail.
- If sending by mail, do not staple or bind your manuscript; please use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope. Please do not use expedited delivery services; your postmark date is sufficient to ensure your entry qualification, and we will allow 7-10 days for receipt of all mailed entries after May 15. Use First-Class Mail and consider spending the money you've saved on a chapbook from a small, independent press!
- If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx files); you must include the words "Robin Becker Chapbook" in the subject line of your e-mail to get past our spam filter.
- Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit (multiple submissions are welcome). IMPORTANT: Checks should be made payable to Ron Mohring. Online payment may be made via PayPal to seven kitchens at yahoo dot com.
- Each entrant will receive one copy of either winning chapbook (entrant's choice of which title), to be published during the winter of 2010-11.
- Each co-winner will receive fifty (50) copies of her or his chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews of each title.
Send your manuscript:
- by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to: sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com; or
- by regular postal mail to Ron Mohring, Seven Kitchens Press, PO Box 668, Lewisburg PA 17837.
ABOUT THIS YEAR'S JUDGE:
Eloise Klein Healy is the author of six books of poetry: Building Some Changes (Beyond Baroque Foundation); A Packet Beating Like a Heart (Books of a Feather Press); Ordinary Wisdom (Paradise Press/re-released by Red Hen Press); Artemis in Echo Park (Firebrand Books), nominated for the Lambda Book Award and released as a spoken word recording by New Alliance Records; and her collections from Red Hen Press, Passing and most recently, The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho. The Inevitable Press published her chapbook Women's Studies Chronicles in the Laguna Poets Series.
Healy's work has been widely anthologized in collections including The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave; The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place; Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals; Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond; and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present.
The Founding Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita, Healy is also the co-founder of ECO-ARTS, an ecotourism/arts venture and Guest Poet at the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Festival. Her imprint with Red Hen Press, Arktoi Books, established in 2006, specializes in publishing the work of lesbian authors.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
This chapbook series honors Robin Becker, whose continuing accomplishments as a poet, professor, and mentor of lesbian and gay writers deserve wider acclaim. 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).