Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Floating Bridge Press Wants YOU: If You Are a Poet in Washington State



If you are a poet in Washington State, you need to enter the Floating Bridge Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. I'm serious. I know of no press that consistently produces such beautiful poems in such stunning forms. Comparing Floating Bridge Press chapbooks to other chapbooks produced in the United States is like comparing apples and oranges.

Not only are the books incredibly high quality, but the editors are the most dedicated and professional that you are likely to find. Again and again, poets told us that they had their best publishing experience with us. In other words, we kept our word on dates, quality, and distribution. I say "we" because I was a Floating Bridge Editor for five years before joining the advisory board.

Publishing poetry is an act of love. I promise you will love being part of this press. And if by chance your book doesn't win the competition this year, you may still find your poems within the pages of the Floating Bridge Review where you will be paid for your work and invited to give a reading in Seattle. $12 gets you this and a copy of the winning chapbook. Why not enter? I wish I could!

Floating Bridge Press Poetry Chapbook Competition is open for submissions until February 16, 2011. If you are a current resident of Washington State, you may submit a chapbook manuscript of up to 24 pages of poetry with a $12 entry fee.  The winner receives $500, a Seattle reading in September, and 15 copies of the prize-winning chapbook.  Our books are beautiful, archival-quality, perfect-bound, and collectable.

Previous winners include Joannie Kervran Stangeland, Nance Van Winckel, Donna Waidtlow, Molly Tenenbaum, Bart  Baxter, Chris Forhan, Joseph Green, Kelli Russell Agodon, Michael Bonacci, Timothy Kelly, Annette Spaulding-Convy, Holly J. Hughes,  Nancy Pagh, Katharine Whitcomb, and Laura Read.

Floating Bridge Press considers all individual poems for inclusion in our annual journal.

For complete guidelines and a look at our titles, please visit Floating Bridge Press.

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