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Quills Edge Press calls for chapbooks from women aged 50+ for their 2015 competition!

Head to their website for more information and how to submit! http://quillsedgepress.com/our-2nd-competition-opens-10012015/

Theme: To Inhabit
Judge: Mary Ann McFadden
Dates: 11/01/2015 – 01/31/2016

Welcome to the QuillsEdge Press – Indispensable Poetry by Women Over 50. Our 2nd annual chapbook competition opens November 1st, 2105, judged by Mary Ann McFadden

Our 2015 theme is To Inhabit– a body, a landscape, an ecosystem, a dream, a time, a nightmare, a fantasy, a place, a past, a future. Write an embodied, em-placed life and bring us with you!

We are looking for poetic voices that challenge us, stun us, give us pause and palpitations. We are open to any style: lyrical, narrative, form, prose poem or experimental innovations and new mixes. We want to read, hear and be moved to wonder, laugh and cry as we discover your individual threshold. We applaud both the sensitive and the strident.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions open November 1st, 2015. This year we’re using Submittable. Our page goes live on November 1st.

You are eligible to enter if:
1. You are a woman (We respect gender self-definition. See our website for more information.)
2. You are, as of the entry date, aged 50 or older
3. You either may or may not have published any other book or chapbook – either is okay. We’ll get every manuscript a thorough reading, and we welcome writers who are, like both of us, late bloomers.

Manuscript Requirements
1. Your manuscript should not have been published previously. Individual poems may be previously published.
2. Your manuscript should be 16-30 pages.
3. Multiple submissions are accepted, with a separate reading fee.
4. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. We really mean this – every manuscript will be read by at least two readers, all volunteers, who take every work seriously. If your manuscript is out of the running we need to know.

Contest Fees
1. The fee to enter the competition is $15.00
2. Because we actively support diversity in poetry and publishing, we are offering a contest fee of $5.00 for self-identified Women of Color, including Black, Latina, Asian/Pacific Rim, Indigenous women, and others.
3. For an extra $10 you can choose to receive either a winning chapbook from the 2015 contest OR one of the chapbooks we just published from our 2014 “On the Edge” contest
4. For an additional $25.00 you can receive a personal one page to two page review of your manuscript from one of our QuillsEdge staff, Board Members, or authors.

The winner will receive 10 copies of the chapbook free, and will be able to buy additional copies at a 50% discount. Books will be staple bound with full color covers, premium paper, and careful attention to detail.

Winners will become part of the QuillsEdge Press community, and will be asked to participate as a reader for future competitions and to contribute short chapbook reviews of other women poets to our website. Our goal is to build a community for women writers over 50.

If the winner is able to travel at her own expense to the East Coast, readings can be set up in either New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. Finalists who can travel at their own expense to either of these locations may also be invited.

1st Round of Judging: Manuscripts with names attached will be read by QuillsEdge Press authors and Board members. 8-10 finalists will then be forwarded to the contest judge, Mary Ann McFadden, for final determination.

2nd Round of Judging: Anonymous read and final determination by the contest judge.

Conflicts of Interest: Current or former students, faculty, staff, or administrators affiliated with the Drew University MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation are ineligible. Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of any of the Judge and QuillsEdge Press staff and board members are ineligible. Initial readers for the contest will include QuillsEdge authors; readers will not be assigned work by any poet they know.

Formatting Guidelines

This year we will only be accepting online submissions.
1. Include two cover sheets, one with your name and contact information and one without.
2. The manuscript itself must NOT contain any identifying information.
3. Do NOT include acknowledgments.
4. Manuscripts must be paginated and have a table of contents.
5. Please include a short bio in the “cover letter” field.
6. If you encounter any problems, please email us at quillsedgepress@gmail.com.

Submit through the Submittable link on website.

Rainbow Williams Reviews Sinister Wisdom 93!

We are so honored to share this review of SINISTER WISDOM Issue 93, Southern Lesbian Feminist Herstory, 1968-94 from Rainbow Williams, SW contributor and member of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change!


Excuse me while I puff a bit. SINISTER WISDOM magazine has published Southern Lesbian Feminist Herstory, 1968-94, edited by Rose Norman and Merrill Mushroom.
It’s thick and juicy, and I’m devouring it. Lots of FLORIDA, the birthplace GAINESVILLE, 1968, when Judith Brown (who I met once when she visited Nancy Breeze) and her partners, Kathie Sarachild and Carol Hanisch, who wrote the FORMULA of Consciousness Raising: sit in a Circle, go around one at a time, speak from your heart. The fully democratic method that led us into TRUTH in 1968.

I was about to “come out” 1969, in an Orlando suburb, where I would join NOW and find it too straight to suit my overnight LESBIAN sensation. It took 36 years for me to get there, but then I stuck. I loved to travel weekends to Gainesville, where they had a vibrant community that I could soak in. Many were also taking strength from the beach community, Pagoda, where 12 cottages by the sea inspired one of the first Lesbian Lands. The first was North Forty, twenty minutes outside Gvle, where in 1972 a few bought some pineywoods and began to build their own domes and trailers and such. Amazingly, there are still some of the orginals there. Corky, Dore, Pat, Rockstar, and others. THERE MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE WATER, thought Ponce De Leon all those years ago. And Lesbian Feminists are living proof. Fed by the University of Florida, who hired some great thinkers, mainly in the Child Psychology Dept, such as Bylly Avery, Margaret Parish, and Judith Brown, who created the Womens Health Center, and taught the Shans Hospital Doctors how to treat women. The BIRTH CENTER was where you could find the Heart of Dixie Dykes. I met many of them on the PEACEWALK of 1983-4, from Gainesville to KeyWest. A parade of scraggly dedicated protestors who had bonded in jail, six JANE DOES who refused to give their names and learned how to meditate together and plan further actions, LEAP 1 and 2, and on and on. Many went to WOMONWRITES every summer practice their skills. 1979 was the first. This is the birthplace of the idea of the Herstory, and SINISTER WISDOM magazine has agreed to publish number 93.
In these pages, I find old friends like Corky Circledance, a published poet, and PHD. So is Ronni Sanlo, PHD, and published and publisher. Attorney Garnett Harrison.
FIERY FEMINISTS from FLORIDA who fired the shot heard round our world.

HOW PROUD AM I? Bust a gut!

I hope you will read it too, sooner the better."

Find this powerful issue here: http://sinisterwisdom.org/SW93 and keep sharing the love!

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