Contest Guidelines

Issue 21

Issue 21

of Gertrude Journal is now available.

Art by Daniel Barrow and writing by Kristi Carter, Douglas Cole, Holly Day, Jeff Golomb, Joshua R. Helms, Megan Kruse, Martha Lundin, Freesia McKee, Michael Montlack, Nancy Carol Moody, Robby Nadler, Simon Perchik, Thomas Pickarski, M.M. Pryor, Ron Riekki, Ryan Anthony Rogers, Nicole Santalucia, Lela Scott MacNeil, and Per Wiger.

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Featured Writer: Ryan Anthony Rogers

Gertrude is pleased to feature "Pieces of Sky" by Ryan Anthony Rogers in our current issue.

In the beginning, there was me without you. Then you. Then the two of us.

After that, there was me without you again. And then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then them, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then him, and then that guy in Maui, and then a bisexual divorce attorney named Kyle Something.

Now, it’s me without him or you, and sometimes without myself. Thankfully, I don’t know loneliness, so I don’t ever feel isolated when it’s me without you or him. I just sleep alone and read more and eat less and spread love around to the people who aren’t too far away. I take work home with me and stay late at the office, occasionally stepping outside to smoke cigarettes and feel crowded by the stars. This isn’t making do. This isn’t trying to pass for busy. I’m not channeling anything. I just operate outside of us, now. Read the rest of the story from Issue 21 now »

Chapbooks: What People Are Saying

The 2013 chapbooks have been published and are now available for purchase. Here's what reviewers are saying about this year's winners:

Vertigo
"I enjoyed these stories. I see in them also promise of good things to come.”
- Tom Abrams, author of Goya's Head

The Ghost the Night Becomes
"Reading these poems is like listening to the blues while driving alone at night down some lost country road. The Ghost the Night Becomes entwines sex and desire, violence and loss, in unforgettable, haunting ways. The poems are tender and deeply human, and the language is lush. Stewart’s elegies follow you like ghosts 'wrist-bound to one another.'”
- Ansel Elkins, author of Blue Yodel

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Chapbook Contest Guidelines

Each year Gertrude Press publishes two chapbooks; one fiction and one poetry. These beautiful, perfect bound books include a unique cover in a limited press run. The winners of our annual contest will also receive $250, 50 copies of the printed book, and 2 e-book files (MOBI and EPUB). Submit your work for consideration!

Poetry Chapbook Guidelines:

  • Submit 25-30 pages of poetry, either online or via surface mail.
  • Indicate which poems have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished poems are welcome.
  • Poetry may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.
  • Include a cover letter and SASE for notification. Sorry, we do not return manuscripts.
  • Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.
  • Contest is blind judged. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript.
  • Include a $15 submission fee payable to Gertrude Press; online submissions are $17 to cover printing, ink, etc.
  • Submissions accepted beginning September 15, 2014 until May 15, 2015 (postmark deadline).

Fiction Chapbook Guidelines:

  • Submit 3000-3500 words of short fiction, multiple stories or a self-contained novel excerpt, either online or via surface mail.
  • Submissions should be set in 12pt font and double-spaced.
  • Indicate which selections have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished pieces are welcome.
  • Fiction may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.
  • Include a cover letter and SASE for notification. Sorry, we do not return manuscripts.
  • Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.
  • Contest is blind judged. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript.
  • Include a $15 submission fee payable to Gertrude Press; online submissions are $17 to cover printing, ink, etc.
  • Submissions accepted beginning September 15, 2014 until May 15, 2015 (postmark deadline).

Writer Compensation:
$250 cash award
50 complimentary copies of the chapbook
Your chapbook will also be published in EPUB and MOBI format for distribution as an electronic publication through our web site.
Chapbooks will be distributed to subscribers, libraries, and bookstores carrying Gertrude, the Press’ annual literary journal.
You can purchase past chapbooks online here.

Congrats to Chapbook Winners

 

 


  

 

Congratulations to our 2013 Chapbook Competition winners!

Submission period for 2015 is now open. Read guidelines...

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