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. The 2016 judge was Robin Coste Lewis and the winner is July Westhale for Trailer Trash. $28 reading fee. Click here for full contest guidelines.
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. The 2016 judge was Edwidge Dandicat and the winner is Leticia Del Toro for her story “Café Colima.” $20 reading fee. Click here for full contest guidelines.
The Kore Press Memoir Award is for a memoir written in English by a woman. The winner receives $1000 plus publication. The 2016 judge was Lidia Yuknavitch and the winner is Ming Holden for her memoir Refuge. $25 reading fee. Click here to review full contest guidelines.
Open Submission (is currently not available)
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 Jussara for more information. Please submit your work via our on-line submissions system. Be sure to include in the comments section the genre of each work (fiction, poetry, non-fiction).