Twelve Winters Press, a literary publisher, is dedicated to bringing out high-quality work that may be difficult to place with commercial publishers, or even independent and university presses—perhaps because of its length, complexity, or difficulty in pigeon-holing into a specific genre or category. We are small, however, and must take on projects in a very limited manner, emphasizing quality over quantity.
Ends on 11/2/2015
The Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize is awarded to an unpublished
book of poetry. The winner’s collection will be published by Twelve Winters
Press in print and digital formats (with the possibility of an author-read
audio version). The winner will also receive twenty copies of the print edition,
20% of the funds generated by the contest entries up to a maximum prize of
$1,000, and an offer of the Press’s standard publishing agreement, which
includes 20% royalties.
The winner and finalists will be determined by the final judge, J.D. Schraffenberger, and the winning collection will be reviewed by the North American Review. Some finalists may be offered publication via Twelve Winters as well.
Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:
- The collection must be between 50 and 80 manuscript pages.
- Follow standard manuscript submission guidelines (e.g., a minimum of 11-point font, in either Times New Roman, Calibri, or another conventional typeface).
- The poems must be the poet’s original work, and she/he must have the rights and permissions to publish the poems and all of their contents.
- The poems must be in English. Words and brief phrases in other languages within the poems or as epigraphs are acceptable.
- The submitted manuscript must be free of any information that identifies the poet.
- Close friends, family and students of J.D. Schraffenberger are ineligible.
Entries must be submitted via the Press’s Submittable site by November 1, 2015. There is a nonrefundable $25 fee – or $35, nonrefundable, if the entrant wishes to receive a copy of the winning collection when it is published.
The winner and finalists will be announced in spring 2016.
For questions about the contest, please contact Twelve Winters Press at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Contest Judge:
J.D. Schraffenberger is editor of the North American Review and an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two collections of poems, The Waxen Poor (Twelve Winters) and Saint Joe’s Passion (Etruscan), and his work has appeared in numerous journals, including Brevity, Best Creative Nonfiction, and Prairie Schooner. He is also the editor of The Great Sympathetic: Walt Whitman and the North American Review (NAR Press).
Ends on 1/15/2016
Twelve Winters Press is seeking submissions for a print anthology of multimodal narratives. Anyone anywhere may submit independent or collaborative work, and there is no fee. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2015.
Submissions must work on or with the two-dimensional printed page and should be narrative in the broad sense – any account of fictional or nonfictional connected events. Work may comprise graphics, text, and/or any other printable code, notation, or means of making meaning, and must combine modes of communication (e.g., verbal and visual). Color and graphical elements are not strictly required, but are especially encouraged. An ideal submission should exhibit a dimension of strong visual interest and somehow defy, pervert, and/or subvert existing notions of genre and idiom. Without meaning to recommend a specific aesthetic, popular examples of the type of narrative we are seeking might be found in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves or Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library series. Work that is easily assigned a traditional category (e.g., "poetry," "photography," "flash fiction," "batik") or might fit with other, more traditional outlets, may not be a good fit with the anthology.
Only printable media will be accepted; however, if the submission innovates a way to involve other media that relies principally on the print medium, it may be considered. (E.g., a QR code linking to a music library would not be acceptable, per se, but could work as an appendix to, or integral element of, a principally print work.) The anthology is targeted to an English-speaking audience. Spanish, sign, Martian, etc., elements may be considered, provided an English-speaking audience can understand what they are meant to understand.
The book will contain approximately 160 pages at 8.5" x 8.5", perfect bound, with a default print area of 6.5" x 6.5", printed in process color. Submitted work should be formatted to these specifications; otherwise we may modify work to fit the layout. Submissions are permitted and encouraged to take full advantage of the format, including, as desired, the entire 8.5" x 8.5" page, but contributors should be mindful of the bleed and gutter.
Submit a complete work or representative, self-sufficient excerpt of 3 to 12 pages as formatted .PDF, .DOC(X), or high-quality (300 DPI) .JPEG or .TIFF. In your cover letter, please include both a brief contributor bio and a brief statement explaining the concept of the work and how you feel it fits the nature and objectives of the anthology. Please direct questions to the project editor at email@example.com. SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE AND NOT VIA THIS EMAIL ADDRESS, PLEASE.
Twelve Winters Press will acquire first serial rights to all accepted work, with rights reverting to the author upon publication. The anthology will be available worldwide in print, Kindle and Nook editions, possibly with audio and other media versions as well.
Anthology editor Adam McHenry Nicholson is the founder and managing director of Sala Creative Association, a professional association and resource for creatives in all fields, as well as a freelance writer and editor. He has taught English composition and literature, written and illustrated for independent comics zines and collections, and codirected an arts center, managing communications, attracting guests, and coordinating visual, literary, and performing arts events.