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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Announcing the 2014/2015 Season Winners

The 2014/2015 open reading period was our most successful (and, unexpectedly, most attended) yet. I wasn’t pre-organizing/gathering the submissions as they came in, choosing instead to let them pile up and organize as the deadline passed. (Surprise!) There were a lot of strong submissions this year. We pared the pile of chapbook submissions to eight . . . then realized we missed one and it was actually nine. (Surprise!)

The plan was to aim for three or four (more than a year ago), and we ultimately chose four. As I was going through the finalists, I was consciously trying to pick a good mix . . . although the “season” will, I think, be a little more experimental/adventurous than we’ve done in the past.

The “winning” chapbook was EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER by Candice Wuehle, and we’ll be starting the “season” with that one in February. The rest of the chapbooks will follow, one every couple/few months, through the Spring and Summer. (We have to allow room for other special projects brewing.)

Oh!  The other chapbooks.  We’ll also be featuring a collaborative chap by Margaret Bashaar and Lauren Eggert-Crowe (Spring) and a limited-edition chapbook by Ashley D’Arcy (Summer). This year, for whatever reason, we did not exclude previous GBP chapbook authors from being considered (frankly, I’d rather publish great poetry than ALWAYS look for new voices), which is how it came that we’re going to be publishing another work from Mike Sikkema.

We’ll have more on the schedule soon. Until then, look for a new GBP chapbook in February!

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Reading, Reading: 2014 Edition

We’re coming up on “mid-December,” which was the hoped-for notification window.  But, in keeping with GBP tradition . . . we need a little more time. 

As the chapbook submissions were rolling in, we weren’t counting them.  We waited until after the deadline before organizing/quantifying.  Turns out, we had quite a pile.  We’re well on our way, though, and we’ve already seen some good stuff!

The plan (hope?) is that we’ll be able to start contacting “finalists” before we go away for Holidays (next weekendl) with announcements on the website around the beginning of 2015.  I’m not sure we’ll post the “finalists” for everyone to see.  May depend on how many “finalists” we have vs. how many chapbooks we’ll ultimately choose from this batch (estimating about three).

Okay, back to reading!

UPDATE (12/20 evening):  We’ve narrowed the manuscripts down to the Top Eight (which won’t be presented here).  As eight is too many for our schedule, we’ll be making more cuts over the coming days/week(s).  Notifications are going out between right now and 48 hours from now.  If you haven’t heard anything by this time Monday (12/22), your manuscript is no longer being considered and thank you very much for submitting. 

UPDATE (12/30 evening):  Notifications have been made to the chosen authors, and we’re sketching out our (busy!) schedule for the first half of 2015.  All told, we should have at least twice as many chapbooks as 2014.  We’ll be announcing the “winners” and the near-term schedule this coming weekend.

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We now have a pile of submissions to pore over.  Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Just a note: We’ll be posting the results here on the site, so if you’re not chosen, you very likely won’t receive an email. 

We’re going to try to make notifications by mid-December, with announcements here soon after.  By January we hope to have the publication schedule set for the first half of 2015.  Besides the 2014/2015 “season” chapbooks (what we’re reading now), there will be some special collaborative chapbook projects, as well as (perhaps!) something . . . bigger.  You’ll see.  YOU’LL ALL SEE!

(More soon.)

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The Grey Book Press 2014/2015 chapbook season kicked off a day or two ago (depending on how you look at it).  In case you’re new to this, here’s the deal:
—One entry per person.  No reading fee.
—Manuscripts will be read as “blindly” as possible, so please take your name off the title page.
—Manuscripts should have between 16 and 24 pages of poems.
—Email submissions to greybookpress (at) gmail (dot) com.  Subject line: “SUBMISSION - [LAST NAME] - [TITLE]”
—Send submissions between now and 11:59 p.m. on

Bastille Day

November 14, 2014.
—Notifications around mid-December.
—There will be at least one “winner” and one “runner up.”  The “winner” will receive an open-ended publication with 25 author copies.  Other accepted manuscripts could be limited editions of 50 (in which case, you’d receive 15 copies.).

If you have any questions not answered/addressed above, let us know at the email listed above.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Bastille Day is July 14, not November 14.  The open reading period is about two weeks, not eight months.  So, as of right now (November 10), you have four days to submit your chapbook manuscripts!

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Less than a month before we officially kick off the 2014/2015 season, we close the 2013/2014 season with Michele Battiste’s LEFT: Letters to Strangers.

We’d originally thought this would appear during the Summer, but Michele has been promoting her recent book, Uprising (available from Black Lawrence Press). There’s a sort of interwoven narrative in these pieces (all letters) concerning relationships, blurred consciousness/reality, and a mysterious box. Like much of Michele’s poetry, it moves and shakes, soothes conversationally at times . . . and then smacks you (gently).  There’s often beauty coupled with a hint of danger.  Like:

“I could have left
the box outside but I anticipated
rain and also remembered
the riots, how they started
like a single wisp
of stratus gathering mist.”


This chapbook is available now!  Get ‘em while they’re fresh . . . printed in multiple shades of green!

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Years ago, because we (er, I) really hate Summer, GBP adopted a policy that we’d not publish anything during the Summer months (which, in Florida, lasts for a long, long time).  And then we promptly broke that rule because our publication schedule stretched past Spring.  This year, we accepted fewer chapbooks and at least one of those fell off the schedule, so we found ourselves with a break.  (Albeit, mostly unannounced.)

So, now we’re waking up from our Summer hibernation.  First order of business is the last book from our 2013/2014 season . . . LEFT: Letters to Strangers from Michele Battiste.  That will be going into production in the next week or so and available for purchase by the end of the month.  The next solid event will be our Open Reading period, which (like last year) will kick off at midnight of Halloween (interpret that how you like) and end at 11:59 p.m. on Bastille Day (a little less open to interpretation). 

More updates soon.

UPDATE (10/7):  LEFT has been produced and author copies are going out to Michele now.  Look for it in the store later this week!

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