2014 Open Submissions

7 Days left to submit your manuscript

  • Kore Press is now considering book-length manuscripts by women and trans writers in poetry, memoir, short fiction, long fiction, hybrid work & creative nonfiction
  • Open Submissions closes April 24, 2014
  • Every manuscript is considered for publication and given brief, critical feedback (200 words) by a Kore writer-editor.
  • Reading fee is $40 to offset editorial expenses

More information about Open Submissions and how to submit your manuscript online HERE

"This feedback is a rare and priceless gift"

-- 2013 open submissions participant

"I greatly appreciate what Kore Press does for women's poetry"

--2013 open submissions participant

"Thank you for the follow-up. I appreciate the comments and will take them to heart. My reader's feedback was specific and gave me what I needed to come up with a better manuscript."

-- 2013 open submissions participant

Kore is improving the Open Subs review process for 2014 to create quicker turn around and a more excellent experience for all. We'd like to hear your input to make this year the best Open Subs process ever. Contact Mel for a survey or to weigh in via email.

Thank you!

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Congratulations 2013 Short Fiction

Award Winner Myha T. Do

Myha T. Do won $1,000 plus publication by Kore Press for her short story "To Boil Water," selected by Kate Bernheimer.

Myha T. Do was born in Anaheim, CA, and currently lives in Davis. She earned her BA in English and Comparative Literature from UCB (2007), her MFA in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College (2009), and her MA in English Literature from Mills College (2011), and is currently a PhD candidate of Comparative Literature at UC Davis. Her poem, “The Lie,” was published in the anthology, In Other Words (2006); her short story, “To Boil Water” earned an honorable mention in the 2009 E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest; and she received the 2007 Jim Townsend Scholarship for Excellence in Creative Writing. “To Boil Water” is part of her novel manuscript, Earshot.

Bernheimer says of the winning story: "To Boil Water" is so iconoclastic, so elliptical and so very mystic---I just couldn't stop thinking about it. This story channels Yoko Ono via Franny Glass; it's a prayer: an occult and traditional meditation on loss that lives in the past and future at once. I found myself reading it over and over again, as if I myself were alive inside of its word---this story contains eerie wisdom. It has a concrete, tale-like abstraction, expressed with the handmade quality of careful hushed phrases. I admire the author's direct engagement with words. . . . "

2013 Short Fiction finalists are Polly Buckingham's "A Year of Silence" and August Evans' "The Mythology of the Wife."

Polly Buckingham’s (left) fiction and poetry appears in many journals and reviews. Her collections have been finalists for the Flannery O’Connor Award and Bakeless Prize. She is founding editor of StringTown Press and teaches creative writing and literature at Eastern Washington University.

August Evans (on the right, above) has written and taught in Mexico, Sweden, and Aix-en-Provence. She has a Masters from the University of Chicago and has taught college and studied fiction writing in Chicago. Her fiction and book reviews may be found in print and online journals. She will receive an MFA in 2014.

2013 Short Fiction judge Kate Bernheimer

"One of the living masters of the fairy tale."--Tin House

author of The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold

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Joy Harjo judge

2014 First Book Award for Poetry

Contest now closed; judging underway.

Results announced in April

Poet, Musician, Storyteller, Writer & Artist Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation.

2014 contest details here.

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2013 Open Submissions

Ms review completed in December

Click here for 2014 submission guidelines


Big Thanks to Kore Press 2013 Open Submissions Editors!

Lela McNeil

Ian Ellasante
Mary Molinary Cathy de la Cruz
Amy King Emily Jeanes
Erin Wilcox Aisha Sloan
Spring Ulmer Joni Wallace
Mary Byrne Deborah Fries
Mary Woo Joy Gonsalves
Adria Bernardi Ann Dernier
Lisa Levine Tara Nesbit
Stacey Donovan Ching-In Chen
Carolyn Hembree Andi Werblin
Heather Nagami Beth Bishop
Starla King Melissa Goodrich
Sylvia Chan Andie Francis
Kristi Maxwell Rebecca Seiferle


See you in Seattle: AWP 2014

Kore, in the house for 20 years (AWP Boston)

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Programming Event History

Grrls Literary Activism Workshops

help get the voices of young women and trans youth heard


Roads to Here and Now :: Raising Our Voices

produced in collaboration with the Crossroads Collaborative

at the University of Arizona, 2013

view it here


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Her Power. And Ours.

a response to The Wonder Women film

premiered at The Loft Cinema, Tucson, in '12

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Works-in-Progress or How I Stopped Worrying

and Learned to Love

A short film on media, sex, sexuality & self image

a response to Miss Representation

the film screened at at The Loft Cinema, Tucson, 2011

view it here

Grrls' mentor Jamie Lee with Aida Villareal-Licona

& Marigold Hall. photo by Kimi Eisele

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Visit the Grrls website, blog, and Facebook.

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National Poetry Month Special :


Build your library with divine deals on Kore Press poetry essentials

2014 Spring poetry bundle:

4 New titles for $55 ($70 value)

This Coalition of Bones, by Cori A. Winrock

River Legs, by Jen McClanaghan

The Bright Field of Everything, by Deborah Fries

The Best of Kore Press 2012 Poetry, edited by Ann Dernier




National Poetry Month Special :


This Coalition of Bones
by Cori A. Winrock


shipping for this title

in April is free





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Kore Press Membership

Artwork by Shelagh Mulvaney

Contribute to a bright future for

women & girls!

For 20 years, Kore Press has engaged in progressive social change by lifting up the voices of women and grrls through literary activism. We are one of three feminist presses in the country that has lasted 20 years, the only one to publish more than 5 literary titles/year and invest in the next generation of female leaders. Our goal is to ensure sustainable growth for another 20 years, with rigorous reflection and bold investment, to transform Kore Press into a prominent, national beacon for ALL women in the literary arts. 

Become a sustaining Kore Press member!

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Why we publish women & educate girls

Kore Press mission

As a community of literary activists devoted to bringing forth a diversity of voices through works that meet the highest artistic standards, Kore Press publishes women's writing to deepen awareness and advance progressive social change.

Kore Press is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization made possible only by grants, book sales, and gifts from individuals like yourself.

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April March

Other back issues are available here.

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Kore Press Celebrated 20 Years at the

Benefit Auction & Garden Party

Sunday, November 10, 2pm

ART PREVIEW (a few pieces are still available)

Thank You to Mayor Rothschild and over 100 artists, businesses & generous sponsors who helped make a wonderful, successful day!

The Mayor, far left, next to co-founders Bowden & Falkenstrom, proclaims Nov. 10 Kore Press day in Tucson. The ribbon cutting marked the end of 2 decades of good, hard work, and set an intention for a robust and well funded future!

Happy winning bidders at check out.

More event photos by Tom Willett here

See photos from the 2012 Auction event on Facebook and more photos here. See the 2012 art here

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Kickstarter Success: We Did It!
Introducing our Kickstarter Backers
who said YES to women writers

THANK YOU for The Best of Kore Press 2012

photograph ("Voracious") by Valerie Galloway

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Programming Event History

Female Veterans & large-scale community collaborations

The Listening Project

Keeping history real

by lifting up the voices of women & girls

End of project audio showcase/listening session

and Q&A with grrls and veterans

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A cross-generational, cross-cultural, civil discourse project in Tucson, AZ. Teen grrls trained in the documentary arts are conversing with female veterans and service members in AZ to record their stories, and reflect on their own experiences. Grrls will create radio stories for public broadcast and interviews will become part of on an on-line audio archive for civil discourse.

Supported in part by the Tucson-Pima Arts Council/KRESGE,

The Southwest Foundation, and AZ Tax credit donors.

See the Grrls and Kore ED interviewed on AZ Public Media

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See the Archive & Events History for Kore's

BIG READ Tucson, an initiative of

the NEA and ArtsMidwest

more also at bigreadtucson.com

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Coming in Hot opens dialogue across cultures

and generations with the stories of female veterans

Adapted for the stage from the groundbreaking 2008 title Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq, Coming in Hot is theater activism

with curriculum for dialog about women in the military.

Want to produce this play with your students? contact lisa@korepress.org

Visit the Coming in Hot: Civil Discourse website, blog, and Facebook.
























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Kore has been publishing the creative genius of women writers since 1993, in part to maintain equitable public discourse and an accurate historic record. Greek for "daughter," Kore (kor-ay) recalls the myth of Persephone in which a daughter is taken into the underworld and re-emerges half the year because of a bargain struck by her mother and the nasty fellow down below. The daughter's emergence from the dark depths each year, like the creative process itself, marks a time of change!

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National Poetry Month Special :


Boost your poetry collection with three new Spring titles from Kore Press and receive three collectible, handcrafted chapbooks by amazing Tucson writers.

6 titles for $60 ($84 value)

This Coalition of Bones, by Cori A. Winrock

River Legs, by Jen McClanaghan

The Bright Field of Everything, by Deborah Fries

plus chapbooks

Shoreline Series, by Barbara Cully

Revenant, by Stephanie Balzer

Redshift, poems by Joni Wallace



National Poetry Month Special :


River Legs
by Jen McClanaghan


shipping for this title is

free in April







National Poetry Month Special :

Two-for-one Deborah Fries

Buy Fries' latest book of poems, The Bright Field of Everything, and receive her first collection, Various Modes of Departure, as our gift to you in April to inspire reading!                

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The Bright Field of Everything


Various Modes of Departure

by Deborah Fries

both books for $14





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New Releases

now available

The Bright Field of Everything

poems by Deborah Fries

". . .packed with the telling of life beloved and ironic, full of ecstatic skepticism."---John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

$14, 6x9," 64 pgs, perfect bound 


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River Legs

poems by Jen McClanaghan

2013 First Book winner chosen by Nikky Finney

"River Legs is a powerful and haunting debut"---David Wojahn

$15.95, 6x9," 80 pgs, perfect bound 


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This Coalition of Bones

poems by Cori A. Winrock

"Winrock's is an intense and compelling voice. Tell your mama."

--Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

$15.95, 6x9," 88 pgs, perfect bound 


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The Best of Kore Press: Poetry

edited by Ann Dernier

with Lisa Bowden, Gail Browne, Natalie Diaz, Niki Herd,

Rebecca Seiferle & Joni Wallace

Introduction by Alison Hawthorne Deming

"This is an important collection because it demands that we, as

female writers, not conform, rather, we must only write the things

that are in us to be written.”—Natalie Diaz

$15, 6x9," 88 pgs, perfect bound 

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Recent Releases

Reading Emily Dickinson in Icelandic

poems by Eva Heisler

"Eva Heisler has written a remarkable book."—Michael Burkard

$15.95, 6x9," 114 pgs, perfect bound 


Dead Meander

essays by Adria Bernardi

"Bernardi's poetic prose is hypnotic and original"

—Eleanor Wilner

$17.95, 6x8," 152 pgs, perfect bound

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recent backlist

See the book trailer for Skinny here

New review for Skinny in Pebble Lake Review.

Click here to read.

Skinny by Carolyn Hembree

a first book of poems

$14, 6x9," 72 pgs perfect bound

Click here to read an Interview by Lisa Levine

Double Agent by Michelle Chan Brown

$14, 6x9," 80 pgs, perfect bound

Click here to read an Interview by Lisa Levine


Given Away by Jennifer Barber

$14, 6x9," 80 pgs, perfect bound 


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Girrl by Niki Herd

a limited edition broadside

$10, 9.75 x 13"

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a real favorite

Sexy Brains tee-shirts designed by

the Grrls Literary Activism Workshop


Women's V-neck, dark gray with pink ink (women's XL, L, M, S)

Men's crew neck, white with pink ink (L & XL)

Kore Press T-Shirts



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