Sundress Publications Open for 2017 Chapbook Contest
Deadline: April 15, 2017


Sundress Publications is pleased to announce its fourth annual chapbook contest. Authors of all genres are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period of February 1st to April 15th, 2017.

We are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be between twelve to twenty-six (12-26) pages in length, with a page break between individual pieces. Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Both single-author and collaborative dual-author manuscripts will be considered. A unifying element is encouraged but not required. Manuscripts must be primarily in English; translations are not eligible.

The entry fee is $10 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title from our store.

The winner will receive a $200 prize, plus publication as a beautiful full-color PDF available exclusively online for free. Runners-up will also be considered for publication.

This year's judge will be Darren C. Demaree. Darren C. Demaree lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. He is the author of six poetry collections and the recipient of nine Pushcart Prize nominations. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.

All manuscripts should include a cover page (with only the title of the manuscript), table of contents, dedication (if applicable), and acknowledgments for previous publications. These pages will not be included in the total page count. Identifying information should not appear in any part of the manuscript. Authors with a significant relationship to the judge (friends, relatives, colleagues, past or present students, etc.) are discouraged from entering. We are dedicated to a fair judging process that emphasizes the quality of the writing, not the résumé of author.

Simultaneous submission to other presses is acceptable, but please notify Sundress immediately if the manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry. No revisions will be allowed during the contest judging period. Winners will be announced in Summer 2017.

Send your manuscripts as a DOC or PDF to contest@sundresspublications.com along with a receipt number or screenshot for your payment or order.




Sundress Academy for the Arts Now Accepting
Applications for Fall Artist Residencies
Deadline: May 7th, 2017


The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for short-term artists' residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more. Each residency includes a room of one's own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet and cable.

The length of a residency can run from one to week to two months. SAFTA is currently accepting rolling applications for the next residency period:

  • Fall Residencies: August 21 to December 31, 2017 (Deadline: May 7th, 2017)

    The SAFTA farmhouse is located on a working farm that rests on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee "holler" perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,000 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities.

    The short-term residency bedroom is 130 sq. ft. with queen-size platform bed, closet, small dresser, and desk. There is also a communal kitchen supplied with stove, refrigerator, and microwave plus plenty of cook- and dining-ware. The office and library have two working computers—one Mac, one PC—with access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. The library contains over 700 books with a particularly large contemporary poetry section and, thanks to the Wardrobe, many recent titles by women. The facility also includes a full-size working 19th century Challenge copy of a C&P old-style letterpress with type, woodworking tools, and a 1930's drafting table.

    For the fall residency period, SAFTA will be offering one full fellowships and one half fellowship for women writers sponsored by VIDA. Our residency judge will be announced later this spring.

    Partial scholarships are also available to any applicant with financial need.

    To apply for the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) residency, you will need the following:

  • Application form (including artist's statement and contact information for two references)
  • CV or artist's resume
  • Artist sample (see website for more details on genre specifications)
  • Application fee of $25 or $15 for current students (with student email) payable online

    To apply, visit our website: http://www.sundressacademyforthearts.com




    Doubleback Books Accepting Out-of-Print Manuscripts Of Any Genre
    Deadline: Rolling


    Authors of works that have gone out of print due to the closure of the original press may submit full-length or short books, including novels, novellas, chapbooks, short story collections, poetry collections, essay collections, and memoirs. We will read manuscripts of any literary genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, none of the above, some of the above, or all of the above. Editors may also submit out-of-print manuscripts their presses published before closing. To be eligible, works must have been both published and out of print by no earlier than 2000.

    To submit, you may send your manuscript(s) in .PDF or .DOC format via email to doubleback@sundresspublications.com. At this time, we do not require a query letter prior to submission. Simply include a brief cover letter in the body of the email telling us a little bit about your work and yourself.

    Accepted manuscripts will be turned into downloadable e-books available for free on the Sundress Publications website! Previous titles include Karyna McGlynn's Alabama Steve and Jehanne Dubrow's The Hardship Post.

    Along with your manuscript, please include the name of the manuscript's original publisher, as well as the name and contact information of the publisher's former editor-in-chief, if available. Be sure to note the genre of the manuscript in your cover letter.