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, 2017 dates to be announced.
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, 2017 dates to be announced.
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 2017 judge is Cheryl Strayed, and the contest opens May 24, closes 11:59 pm (MST) October 31st, 2017. Click here for full contest guidelines and to submit your ms.
Open Submission (is currently being revised)
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 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 fee for this response presents a barrier to submitting your work, a limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please submit your work via our online submissions system. Be sure to include in the comments section the genre of each work (fiction, poetry, non-fiction).