Deadline: September 15, 2014
HCP Publisher and MoJo! Editor Mignon Ariel King is the final judge.
The HCP Poetry Chapbook Contest 2014 prize includes publication, 10 copies of the winning title, and 1 copy of HCP’s 2013 Extra MoJo! anthology. HCP is a small press which uses print-on-demand technology, distributing via Amazon.
The contest is open to Black women writers over the age of 21. Manuscripts must be written in the English language by the submitting writer. Translations are not eligible for this contest. Previously published manuscripts are not eligible, but individual poems that have been published in journals may be included in manuscripts.
While there are no theme or style restrictions per se, HCP reflects a preference for a very personal perspective. A detached, journalistic, omniscient viewpoint is not wanted. Graphic or gratuitous violence and sex; crude, defamatory or bigoted language; and zealously religious or lecturing political works will not be appreciated much less published. Rhythm is a beautiful thing, but an entire manuscript of rhymed verse is not of interest. The poems should make sense separately and somehow function as a whole rather than seeming to be randomly collected.
Check for an idea of what the publisher is looking for on the MoJo! tab.
Use a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial; 12 pt. Mailed submissions must be on 8 ½” x11” white paper. Electronic submissions must be in an attached Word doc. Include:
1. A cover page with your name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, the title of the work, and a bio. The bio should be 3-5 sentences maximum. Do not send an artist’s resume; it is irrelevant to whether or not your manuscript will be chosen for publication. Feel free to include your writer’s web site or blog address.
2. Table of Contents.
3. A chapbook-length manuscript, 24-30 single-spaced poems. Give the poems titles.
Reading fees help defray the significant cost of maintaining a small press and awarding the contest winner copies of her book. Either mail a hard copy with a check/money order or e-mail a Word doc attachment after sending the fee via Paypal.
5. Optional: SASE for manuscript return. All updates will be announced on the web site.
The winning manuscript will be announced October, 2014 and published in 2015. Early submissions are encouraged as the Publisher reserves the right to change the deadline in the event that the number of submissions becomes so overwhelming that each collection cannot receive the reading it deserves.
Fees received after the deadline will be returned; however, late manuscripts will be recycled. In the unlikely event that no contest winner is chosen, all fees will be returned.
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Boston, MA 02130