UPDATED on February 17, 2015
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: Open Submissions is on hiatus in 2015 so we will not be accepting/reading manuscripts for review. Check back at the end of 2015 for status update.
What we look for
We seek book-length manuscripts
in poetry, memoir, short fiction, long fiction, hybrid work and creative nonfiction, written by
women,* that reflect the highest standards of literary quality and compel our editors.
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 the substantial editorial time required
to review and respond individually to all manuscripts, there is a non-refundable reading fee of $40, payable to Kore Press.
No one 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. If the fee increase presents a barrier to submitting your work, a limited number of scholarships are available. Just contact Therese for more information.
Each submission is individually read and responded to by an editor. Our editorial panel of experts responds personally with a minimum of 150-200 word observation of your project. 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 fiction, non-fiction or poetry in the comments section.
to include on your manuscript's title page:
• telephone number
• email address
• title of manuscript
• submitted online
by a $40 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 publications.
First Book Award for Poetry
The Kore Press First Book Award is for a poetry manuscript
in English by a woman who has not yet published a full-length
book. 2015 contest judge is Tracie Morris, deadline April 30, 2015. $1500 prize plus publication, $28 reading fee. Contest opens in February. Click here to submit, and click here to review the full contest guidelines.
3. Short Fiction Award
2015 judge is Roxane Gay, deadline is February 14, 2015. $1250 prize plus chapbook and e-publication, $20 reading fee. Contest is now CLOSED. Click here to review the full contest guidelines.
4. Op Ed, Article or Essay for E-News
Op Eds, articles, interviews and essays for the Kore e-newsletter can be emailed to Lisa with the subject line "Newsletter" submission.
Topics having to do with women and/or gender in the literary world, racial justice, LGBTQ voices, the intersections of race, sexual idenitity, feminisms, literature, arts, activism, politics, age, motherhoods, girlwork, sex, aesethics, culture, art and more are welcome. Got a burning something inside of you that you gotta yell from the roof tops? We wanna hear it!
E-news pieces generally run should be between 500 to 1,000 words, but we consider shorter bites and longer works as features. Authors do not receive payment at this time. Chosen pieces will run in our monthly e-newsletter (over 6,800 readers), linked to the Kore website and announced on social media.
HOW TO SUBMIT MSS
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!
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