UPDATED on April 1, 2014
See below for ways to submit
your work to Kore Press.
Four ways to submit
to Kore Press
1. Open Submissions
Kore Press accepts submissions for full-length books during our
annual open submission period each winter. The open submissions period
is not a contest; manuscripts are not reviewed anonymously. Please
understand we are under no obligation to publish any manuscripts
we receive during our open submissions period. We expect to publish six to nine titles a year, including our poetry and short fiction contest
Deadline: April 24, 2014
Manuscripts must be uploaded to our on-line submissions manager
between January 1st and April 24, 2014 (generally through the end of AWP each year).
What we are
We seek book-length manuscripts
in poetry, memoir, short fiction, long fiction, hydrid work and creative nonfiction, written by
women,* that reflect the highest standards of literary quality.
We are especially interested in work that is genre-bending, innovative, and experimental.
Kore Press is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization. To offset the cost of substantial editorial time required
to review and respond individually to manuscripts, there is a non-refundable reading fee of $40, payable to Kore Press.
No editor receives extra compensation for reading manuscripts.
You are welcome to submit as many manuscripts as you like, as
long as you send a separate reading fee for each. Due to the enormous amount of work that goes into the review process, we have had to increase our reading fee by $5 this year.
Each submission is individually read and responded to by an editor. Our editorial panel of experts responds personally with letters offering short critiques. Simultaneous submissions are welcome; please let us know in the comments section, however, if your work is submitted elsewhere. If you sent an entry to the poetry or fiction competitions, it is fine to submit the same manuscript during the open submissions period; the review system and the reviewers are different for each process.
What to Submit
For poetry, submit a manuscript
via our online submissions system. Poetry submissions should be a minimum of 48 pages and a maximum of 98 pages. For a novel or collection
of short stories, submit an excerpt: 2 or 3 stories or chapters, but no more than 50 pages.
For a memoir or a work of creative nonfiction, send a one-
or two-page synopsis plus the first 50 pages. If we're interested
in reading more of your prose, we will ask you to send the rest. Please submit these via our online submissions system. Be sure to include if the work is "prose" or "poetry" in the comments section.
to include on your manuscript's title page:
• telephone number
• email address
• title of manuscript
• submitted online
by the appropriate reading fee (Canadian residents add $3 for bank processing fee if submitting in Canadian dollars)
poetry or prose written by the applicant (unless the work is
at the time of submission (if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere
during our deliberation process, please notify us immediately)
by a page listing previously published stories or poems, if any.
First Book Award for Poetry
The First Book Award is for a poetry manuscript
in English by a woman who has not yet published a full-length
book. Nikky Finney selected Jen McClanaghan's River Legs as the 2013 winner. 2014 contest judge is Joy Harjo. The contest is now closed. Results will be announced by April 2014.
3. Short Fiction Award
2013 judge Kate Bernheimer selected Myha T. Do as the winner! Karen Brennan selected "A Parallel Life" by Mary Byrne (Irish writer living in Normandy, FR). for the previous Short Fiction Award (due out March 2014). Contest will reopen next year. Click here to submit, and click here to review the full contest guidelines.
4. Op Ed, Article or Essay for Online Pub
Write a blog entry for Persephone Speaks or the newsletter and email it to Lisa with the subject line "Blog" or "Newsletter." Please read the blog and online newsletter before submitting.
Blog entries on life as a woman writer are especially appreciated, however all topics having to do with women, genders in the literary world, the intersections of race, sexual idenitity, gender feminisms, literature, arts, activism, politics and culture will be considered.
Articles should be between 500 to 1,000 words. Authors will not receive payment. Chosen pieces will be posted on the blog, on the Kore Press website and in our monthly email newsletter, which is sent to over 6,800 readers.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submit online here* and if you require further information, please e-mail us.
*Note on our Submissions Manager:
Click here for our online submission system and please be sure to attach only .doc, .rtf, or .pdf files. We do not accept .docx files and will not consider any that are submitted. We generally only consider text that is submitted, but if you include images as an integral part of your work, please contact us directly to discuss. Please keep file sizes small. If you have any questions, please email us. Do not leave questions in the comments section of the Submission Manager as they will not be answered right away. Thank you!
Judge: Nikkey Finny
Michelle Chan Brown
Judge: Bhanu Kapil
Love and the Eye
Judge: Claudia Rankine
Something in the
Judge: Patricia Smith
Souvenirs of a
Judge: Harryette Mullen
Judge: Sonia Sanchez
The Errant Thread
Various Modes of Departure
Judge: Jane Miller