Writers have the option to submit work for publication consideration only, for a brief reader’s response, or for a manuscript review. Simultaneous submissions are welcome; please let us know in the comment section if your work is submitted elsewhere. You are welcome to submit as many manuscripts as you like as long as you send a separate reading fee for each. If the fees present a barrier to submitting your work, a limited number of scholarships will be made available. Please send a letter of request for assistance, and what you can afford, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your work via Submittable. Be sure to include in the comments section the genre of your manuscript (fiction, poetry, non-fiction). A link to Submittable will go live here once the Open Submissions dates are set.
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. The winner receives $1500 plus publication. $28 reading fee. The 2016 judge was Robin Coste Lewis and the winner is July Westhale for Trailer Trash. Click here for full contest guidelines. Contest is currently closed.
Short Fiction Award
The Kore Press Short Fiction Award is for a single short story in English by a woman. The winner receives $1250 plus a limited edition chapbook and e-publication. $20 reading fee. The 2016 judge was Edwidge Dandicat and the winner is Leticia Del Toro for her story “Café Colima.” Click here for full contest guidelines. Contest is currently closed.
The Kore Press Memoir Award is for a memoir, or memoir-in-essays, written in English by a woman. The winner receives $1000 plus publication. $27.50 reading fee. The 2016 judge was Lidia Yuknavitch and the winner was Ming Holden for her memoir Refuge. The 2018 judge was Cheryl Strayed, and the winner is Candace Opper for Certain and Impossible Events . Click here for full contest guidelines. The contest is currently closed.
Other, new submission opportunities will be announced in May, 2018.