Thursday, November 16, 2017

October 2017 Update

We’re a little late in letting everyone know to stop sending chapbook manuscripts.  The guidelines were pretty clear but, alas, we’re still receiving submissions.  All told, this year was a modest increase over previous years’ totals, which had been pretty consistent.  Now the fun part!  I want to thank everyone for their submissions.  We’re hoping to have some idea of finalists by mid-December.  Keep checking the website, as we likely won’t be sending personal “regrets” to everyone.

Next up is an off-cycle chapbook from E. Kristin Anderson, entitled 17 Seventeen XVII.  It’s her second chapbook of found poetry with the press.  (Three guesses on her source material.)  Expect that the first week of December.

The 2017/2018 season will open at AWP with our “winning” chapbook.  We’re co-hosting an offsite reading with Anhinga Press on Thursday night a few blocks away from the convention center.  More details, including readers, to be announced later.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

2017/2018 Open Reading Period Guidelines

The 2016/2017 chapbook season open reading starts in a few days . . . officially midnight (00:00 November 1).  Here are the guidelines.
—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]”
—If you’ve had a chapbook published by GBP, you’re not excluded this time.  But if there are multiple GBP veterans among the “finalists,” only one will be considered for publication.
—Send submissions until 11:59 p.m. on November 14, 2015.
—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, plus likely reading slot at AWP and companion broadside.  Other accepted manuscripts could be limited editions of 50 (in which case, 15 author copies).

In selecting chapbooks for publication, we usually aim for “range” in making multiple acceptances.  For instance, the favorite/best/most resonant chapbook will be the “winner,” and other selected manuscripts will be . . . different (from the “winning” chapbook and one another). 

We have some interesting ideas about “mixing it up” with our publications this season. (Hint: some short-form poetry chapbooks would be nice.)  There’s also the closing of Red Paint Hill Press; we invite orphaned authors to submit (and identify as such), but we’ll stop short of creating a guaranteed slot (more like a special exception) . . . a RPHP finalist could potentially have an advantage for publication.

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

Good luck!

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The final chapbook of our 2016/2017 season is from last year’s open reading “winner,” Jessie Janeshek.  Supernoir, as the title suggests, touches on classic film noir and presents a perhaps dark take on the “coming-of-age” tale of adolescent girls and their sometimes seedy Summer fun.  Beyond the yearning and growing up too fast is a more modern fear and vague danger.  The poems are full of surprising turns of phrase and juxtaposes language in a way that plays into the lurid themes.

From “Care for Others”:

“My mother knocks and I lock my bedroom
the twang between my legs is good or it’s god
and she whispers   the blonde girl’s   roots will be showing once school starts.”

Supernoir is available now.  Grab a copy and stretch the Summer out a little longer.



The next entry in the 2016/2017 Season is Hitchhiking Through the Apocalypse by Howie Good. 

Surely the poems in this chapbook were written before the presidential election last Fall (considering the election took place during the two-week submission period).  But I remember reflecting on that while reading these poems for the first time . . . as well as, not to get too political, but also the Hellscape in which we might find ourselves now.  It seems so familiar . . . for better or worse.  The world of Howie’s poems is at once tragic and humorous and surreal, wrapped in a dissection of consumerism, pop culture, and the very fabric of our society.  Dystopia has never been so fun!

from “The Hotel of Forgotten Artists”

“There’s no one at the reception desk to welcome you. There never is. Only you don’t realize that. How could you? And so you wait. You wait and wait, and while you wait, your clothes, your manner, your worldview go out of fashion. Only you don’t realize that either.”

Hitchhiking joins the other great chapbooks from the 2016/2017 Season.  Get it, or CATCH THEM ALL!


We’re hip-deep in the dog days of Summer when we’d traditionally been inactive but, right now, we’re very active.  Just quietly.  And, now, we’re sneaking up to tell you our next chapbook is coming out . . . in a week.  Hitchhiking Through the Apocalypse by Howie Good is the next entry in our 2016/2017 Chapbook Season.  This one quickly follow’s last month’s chapbook from Kolleen Carney and an onslaught of orders that coincided with its release.  Similarly, Howie’s chapbook will be followed very quickly by a chapbook from Jessie Janeshek (late August). 

Looking further ahead, we’ve recently added an off-cycle chapbook from E. Kristin Anderson.  That one will come out in the Fall . . . likely around the time of this year’s open reading period (November).  Beyond that . . . planning for AWP Tampa (yes, we’ll be there).  More details on that as they develop.  In the meantime . . . keep an eye out for our upcoming chapbooks!


The second chapbook of our 2016/2017 season is Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament by Kolleen Carney. We were attracted to this collection because it’s personal and accessible, but it’s not overly earnest or “heartfelt.” It has weight. Kolleen’s verse—full of Southern California touchstones—plays on the oft-explored tropes of “relationship” poetry and takes them in different directions. Her poetry is full of emotional trapdoors, and you can explore them. 

From “You Said the Fire Was Closer Than You Thought”:

“Seeds had been waiting for years
for their moment
fire opened life
the promise of new growth
in fifty years that hill will be lush again
it just takes a long time
did you know that”

Available now under Titles page!