Call for Submissions: Mineral Point Poetry Series Chapbooks

The Mineral Point Poetry Series 2017

Opens August 1, 2017

Closes August 31, 2017

$250.00 honorarium and Brain Mill Press Publishing Contract

Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a town of artists and makers in the Driftless region of Wisconsin — a landscape the glaciers never reached and flattened out, so it remains shadowed, hilly, ragged, and unexpected.

Brain Mill Press is pleased to announce our Open Reading Period for the 2017 Mineral Point Poetry Series. In odd years, the series editor will select chapbooks for publication in this series. In even years, the series editor will select a full collection of poems by a single author.

For 2017, Mineral Point Poetry Series editor and poet Kiki Petrosino will choose 1-4 chapbooks for digital and print publication in the series. There is no theme for this reading period.

Submit manuscripts of 20-30 typed pages with no more than one poem per page via between August 1, 2017, and August 31, 2017. The author’s name should not appear on the cover page or within the manuscript.

The author of the selected collection will receive an honorarium of $250 plus royalties upon publication. All the books in the Mineral Point series are professionally edited and produced, and the print editions perfect bound, with a cover featuring original photography acquired for the series. The ebook will be internationally distributed. All poetry books will be promoted by the press, submitted for review, and chosen and promoted by the series editor.

Find more information at The 2015 Mineral Point Poetry Series chapbook selections, currently available, included: TANKA & ME by Kaethe Schwehn (a Minnesota Book Award nominee), MY SEABORGIUM by Alicia Rebecca Myers (a 2015 Best New Poet), FAIR DAY IN AN ANCIENT TOWN by Greg Allendorf, and MY TALL HANDSOME by Emily Corwin (Indiana Review‘s Poetry Editor). The 2016 full collection selection, A WIFE IS A HOPE CHEST by Christine Brandel, and a chapbook of poems by series editor Kiki Petrosino, BLACK GENEALOGY, will be released in Fall 2017.

Series Editor Kiki Petrosino is the author of two books of poetry: Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), both from Sarabande Books. Her collection Witch Wife is forthcoming from Sarabande in December 2017. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent on-line poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.

Brain Mill Press is a small, independent publisher of 10-15 titles a year in fiction, memoir, and poetry, with a strong interest in promoting the voices of women, writers of color, and LGBTQIA+ writers.

Please submit your 20-30-page (no more than one poem per page), unpublished, original full-length poetry collection to Submittable will provide guidelines for successful electronic file submission. Your collection may include work previously published as single poems.

The Series Editor and Brain Mill Press reserve the right to solicit manuscripts during the Open Reading Period.

Good luck, and for additional inquiries contact Brain Mill Press.


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