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poetry chapbook contest for L/G/B/T poets

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    SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS announces the 2009 ROBIN BECKER CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an original, unpublished manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or
    Message 1 of 2 , May 7 7:57 AM
      original, unpublished manuscript in English by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or
      Transgendered writer.

      Prize: $100 plus 25 copies.
      Submission deadline: Postmarked between March 1 and May 15 of each year.
      Eligibility: Open to all L/G/B/T/Q poets writing in English (no translations,

      will be selected as CO-WINNERS of the 2009 Robin Becker Prize: one by a writer
      with no previous book or chapbook, and the other by a writer with previous book
      or chapbook publication.

      Please read the guidelines carefully; the complete guidelines are posted on the
      Seven Kitchens site (see URL below) and we are not responsible for other
      versions that may be posted, in whole or in part, elsewhere.


      Any poet who identifies as L/G/B/T/Q is eligible to submit to the Robin Becker
      Chapbook Prize.
      • The manuscript itself need not address L/G/B/T/Q themes, though such work is
      • The final judge for this year's series is Ruth L. Schwartz.
      Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages (not including front matter).
      • Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name,
      address, e-mail and phone number; the second cover page should have the
      manuscript title only.
      • Include a table of contents page.
      • Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previou
      • Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical
      note, including a statement of any previous or pending book or chapbook
      The author's name must not appear in the manuscript.
      • All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will
      be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged in.
      • Manuscript titles and their log numbers will be posted on the WEB SITE
      [http:// sevenkitchens. blogspot. com] (remove spaces from URL) as they are
      Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly if your
      manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
      • Submissions must be posted between March 1 and May 15, 2009.
      • The winning manuscripts will be announced on or before August 15, 2009.
      • Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for
      publication in the chapbook series.
      Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may
      send via regular mail.
      • If you are sending by mail, do not staple or bind your manuscript; please
      use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope.
      • If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word
      format (.doc, .docx or .rtf files are ideal); you must include the words “Robin
      Becker Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail.
      • Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit (
      submissions are welcome). IMPORTANT: Checks should be made payable to Ron
      Mohring. Online payment may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot
      • Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook, to be published
      during winter of 2009.
      • Each co-winner will receive $100 and 25 copies of her or his chapbook.
      Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit
      online reviews of each chapbook.
      Send your manuscript:
      • by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to: sevenkitchens at yahoo dot
      com; or
      • by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.
      Ruth L. Schwartz is the author of four award-winning books of poetry and a
      memoir: Dear Good Naked Morning, selected by Alicia Ostriker for the Autumn
      House Poetry Prize (Autumn House, 2004); Edgewater, selected by Jane Hirshfield
      as a 2001 National Poetry Series winner (HarperCollins, 2002); Singular Bodies
      (Anhinga Press, 2001), winner of the 2000 Anhinga Prize for Poetry; Accordion
      Breathing and Dancing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), winner of the 1994
      Associated Writing Programs Award; and Death in Reverse: A Love Story (Michigan
      State University Press, 2004).
      Ruth has won over a dozen national literary prizes, including two Nimrod/Pablo
      Neruda Awards, two Chelsea Magazine Editor's Awards, the North Carolina Writer's
      Network Randall Jarrell Prize, and the New Letters Prize in Poetry. She has20
      received grants from the NEA, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Astraea Foundation.
      Her poems have been anthologized in The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of
      the Next Wave (St. Martin's Press, 2000), American Poetry: Next Generation
      (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2000), The New Young American Poets (Southern
      Illinois University Press, 2000), and elsewhere.
      This chapbook series honors Robin Becker, whose continuing accomplishments as a
      poet, professor, and mentor of lesbian and gay writers deserve wider acclaim.
      Becker serves as poetry editor for the Women's Review of Books and is a
      professor of English and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She
      is the author of six collections of poems, including Giacometti's Dog (1990),
      All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000) and Domain of Perfect Affection
      (2006), all from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and of the chapbook
      Venetian Blue (Frick Art & Historical Center, 2002).
      Becker's honors include individual fellowships from the Bunting Institute, the
      Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She won
      the 1996 Lambda Literary Award for All-American Girl, and the 1997 Virginia
      Faulkner Prize for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner Magazine. In
      1998, Becker was a visiting Scholar at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at
      the City University of New York. In 2007, she was the Sandra and Gary Sojka
      Visiting Poet at Bucknell University. She has served as final judge for
      national poetry competitions including the Astrea Awards, the Benjamin Saltman
      Prize from Red Hen Press, The Idaho Prize from Lost Horse Press, the John Ciardi
      Prize from Bk Mk Press, and the Prairie Schooner Book Award in Poetry. Becker's
      column on poetry and the poetry scene, "Field Notes," appears in the Women's
      Review of Books.

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