Sundress Publications Now Open for Full-Length
Poetry Manuscripts by Transgender, Intersex, and Nonbinary Authors
Deadline: March 31st, 2017


Sundress Publications is opening for submissions of full-length manuscripts by transgender, intersex, and nonbinary authors through March 31st, 2017.

We are looking for manuscripts of forty-eight to eighty (48-80) single-spaced pages of poetry. Individual pieces or selections may have been previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Single-author and collaborative author manuscripts will be considered. Manuscripts translated from another language will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that authors notify us immediately if their work has been accepted elsewhere.

To submit, email your Sundress store receipt for submission fee or book purchase, along with your manuscript (DOC, DOCX, or PDF), to sundresspublications@gmail.com. Be sure to note both your name and the title of the manuscript in your email header.

Sundress authors receive 25 copies of their book plus an unlimited number at cost. The press further supports our authors by sending review and prize nomination copies, actively seeking reviewers, and working to build a community of compassionate literary citizens.

A 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is entirely volunteer-run, publishes chapbooks and full-length works in both print and digital formats, and hosts a variety of online journals. Although we are conscious of the lack of representation by women writers in literary publishing, we are a non-discriminatory publishing group focused on the creativity of all artists, regardless of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, education, etc. We are firm believers in fostering artists whose work is worthy of recognition.




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 female-identified writers sponsored by VIDA. This year's judge will be Idra Novey. Novey is the author of the novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize and a New York Times Editors' Choice. Her most recent poetry collection Exit, Civilian was selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she's written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, the Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America. She's also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector's novel The Passion According to G.H.

    Limited partial scholarships are also available to applicants 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




    Sundress Seeks Submissions for New Hybrid Anthology,
    Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities
    Deadline: May 15, 2017


    Editor: Nicole Oquendo

    This anthology aims to feature the strange and wonderful intersection between work by writers and artists of hybrid identities and the hybrid work they produce. We are especially interested in work from writers and artists of color, trans, queer, neurodivergent, or disabled writers and artists, writers and artists with invisible illnesses, and anyone else who feels their identity is itself an intersection. In short, if you believe your identity is a hybrid form that influences your craft, we want to hear from you.

    Since this anthology will be available exclusively online for free, contributors to this anthology cannot be paid at this time. However, submissions to this anthology are free. Submissions are due to anthology@sundresspublications.com by 11:59 EST on May 15th, 2017.

    Submission Guidelines

    This anthology seeks hybrid or otherwise experimental prose, poetry, and other forms from writers that identify as having a hybrid identity. Shorter work is preferred unless the hybrid nature of a piece demands a higher word or page count. Submit up to one submission batch per genre.

    Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but let us know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. While disclosure is not required, we'd also love to know more about your hybrid identity in your cover letter, including how you feel your hybrid identity influences your craft.

    Fiction
    Send one (1) story of up to 5,000 words, or up to three (<3) flash stories, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read FICTION — Your Full Name — Title of Work.

    Nonfiction
    Send one (1) essay of up to 5,000 words, or up to three (<3) flash essays, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read NONFICTION — Your Full Name — Title of Work.

    Poetry
    Send up to five (<5) poems attached in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read POETRY — Your Full Name — Title of Work.

    Multimodal/Hybrid
    If your submission is multimodal/hybrid (possibilities include images along with text, including but not limited to comics and photo essays, work with sound components, or blends of multiple genres), send one (1) piece of up to 5,000 words, or up to three (<3) flash pieces, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read HYBRID — Your Full Name — Title of Work.

    If your attachment may be too large to be handled via email, contact us and let us know.




    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.