2016 Awards from Rainbow Williams

HERE ARE THE 2016 AWARDS from rainbow williams
no cash just appreciation

Best Lesbian Feminist Quarterly. Sinister Wisdom
Best Lesbian cartoonist. Diane F Germaine
Best Activist. Alix Dobkin
Best Landdyke publication. MAIZE Jae Hazzard
Best Old Lesbian Newsletter OLOC REPORTER
Best Radical Newsletter. Rain and Thunder
Best National Newsletter. Lesbian Connection
Best Regional Newsletter C O E Jacksonville
Best Childrens Biography FAITH RINGGOLD. If A Bus Talked could
Best Art Guide SALLY WILLOWBEE, Found Artists South
Best Video ARDEN EVERSMEYER, Our Stories, Our Voices
Best Memorial Memoir BLUEBIRD Pink Hats for Wendy
Best Historical Novel. RONNI SANLO The Soldier, Avatar, Holocaust and The Holoc

We'Moon 2017

Anniversary Special!

From Memorial Day weekend through 4th of July, celebrate Sinister Wisdom's 40th anniversary. Order a copy of Sinister Wisdom 100: Anniversary for yourself (if you are not currently a subscriber) OR order a copy of Sinister Wisdom 100: Anniversary for a friend for the low rate of just $10, including postage and handling. Yup, for just ten bucks, one Alexander Hamilton, you can have a copy of Sinister Wisdom 100: Anniversary. That is a 16% discount off the cover price and with the shipping and handling included, that is a total savings of $4.75 or 32%.

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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.

Submit to Rain & Thunder!

Learn more about Rain & Thunder and support this sister publication!


Bone Shackles Press

Broken Shackles Press, a non-profit community publishing house for marginalized voices of liberation, is pleased to announce a call for submissions with a tentative deadline of Dec 31st, 2015 for its inaugural year of titles in 2017.

Please visit http://brokenshacklespress.wordpress.com/ for detailed information about our philosophy, submissions process, community publishing model, and our founding members.

Email brokenshacklespress@gmail.com if you have any questions, want more information, or just want to make a friend.

We are a community publishing endeavor committed to bringing marginalized voices of liberation out into the world via the written word. We want to do this by working with and building a community of writers, readers, and organizers with lived experiences of oppression and struggles for social, political, economic, and environmental justice. We aim to publish and promote these books by working together, being invested in each other’s success as much as our own, and ultimately standing in solidarity with each other. Our aim is to bring out a number of such books annually in order to establish an ever-growing and evolving platform for marginalized voices of liberation who are ignored by mainstream publishing houses, large and small.

After a couple of trial runs with community publishing, negotiating multiple hurdles and humbling lessons along the way, we’re ready to open submissions for our inaugural set of titles planned for 2017. As already mentioned, the deadline for submissions is Dec 31st, 2015, and will be an annual, rolling deadline with Dec 31st of each year being the deadline for titles two years hence.

The number of titles depends on the number of submissions we get. We want to be flexible and open to different possibilities. We hope to have either quarterly or bi-monthly releases of titles depending on the number of submissions.

Please see the website for further details and forward this call for submissions far and wide.

Finally, as part of our launch and as a simple gesture of solidarity, we are pleased to say that a free e-book version (pdf/mobi/epub) of the debut novel written by one of our founding members will be made available to all who get in touch with us.

In the meantime, we wish you much peace, freedom, and happiness.

Broken Shackles Press

Oppression is defeated when marginalized voices of liberation are heard

Website: http://brokenshacklespress.wordpress.com/

Email: brokenshacklespress@gmail.com

Independent Best American Poetry Nominations

Sinister Wisdom is pleased to nominate three poems for the Independent Best American Poetry Award.
The three poems nominated are:
“Ese Pateria” Geny Cabral (from Sinister Wisdom 97)
“Juanita Does: One Night in Richmond” Cathy Arellano (from Sinister Wisdom 97)
“After Marriage” Tricia Asklar (from Sinister Wisdom 97)

Congratulations to Geny Cabral, Cathy Arellano and Tricia Asklar!

Thank you to Didi Menendez for initiating the project!

2015 Pushcart Prize Nominations from Sinister Wisdom

Sinister Wisdom is pleased to nominate six pieces from the four issues of Sinister Wisdom published prior to December 1, 2015 for the 2015 Pushcart Prize.

The six pieces are:

“Para la Kathy de Colusa” by Cherríe L. Moraga
“Sailing to Mytilene” by Diane Furtney
“My Mother’s Gifts” by Elana Dykewomon
“So That You Will Hear Me” by Bessy Reyna
“A Great Big Woman of Color Tent” by Merril Mushroom
“Metafiction” by Maureen Seaton

Congratulations to all of the writers! Fingers crossed that one or more will be selected for a Pushcart Prize this year!

PDFs of all of the nominations are here.


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