Creative Justice Press has as its mission to encourage and respond to people's desire for authentic expression. We publish because we believe that social and cultural awareness generates and sustains social justice. We have grown out of five successful years of creating a physical space for poetry at Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative (www.thisisfire.com) - an arts and culture non-profit. All proceeds from the contests go to support the work of Fire.
Electronic submissions only. Submissions will be accepted from August 28 to January 31, 2014.
The 2013 Creative Justice Winter Chapbook Competition is open to any writer writing in English. The prize includes $100, Summer 2014 publication by Creative Justice Press, and 1 copy of the chapbook. Winner can order more chapbooks at a discounted rate. Manuscripts will remain anonymous until a winner is selected. The reading fee for each manuscript is $25.
Winning chapbook will be published by July, 2014.
Winner and finalists will be announced May 1st, 2014 —Manuscripts must include one cover page with title of manuscript only. Please do not include any other identifying information in or with the manuscript. Please do not include acknowledgments page, cover letter, or bio.
- Manuscripts must be 20 to 45 pages, (not including the front and back matter).
- Manuscripts must contain a table of contents
- Manuscript must be typed using 12 point, Times New Roman font and must be single-spaced.
—Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us with an email to email@example.com if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. If the entire manuscript has been previously published online, electronically, or in print, it should not be submitted. If no more than 5 poems or two short stories or essays have been published separately, those may be included in the manuscript.
—Multiple submissions to this contest are acceptable, but each manuscript must
be submitted separately, with a separate entry fee.
—Please notify us of changes in your contact information with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
—No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest.
— All manuscripts will be deleted or recycled at the end of the contest.
—We will announce contest results by email, as well as at www.thisisfire.com
—All entrants will be considered for publication in our 2014 Anthologies, All Poetry is Prayer Vol II, True? Vol. I - nonfiction, or Graphite Vol. I - a fiction anthology.
- Winner and finalists will be invited to do at least one public reading of their work.
All manuscripts will then be read by at least three different editors. These editors will not have access to the identities of the submitters. For the sake of avoiding any conflict of interest, if an editor believes that he/she recognizes the work of a colleague, student, or friend, then that manuscript is given to another editor. The editors will select the semi-finalists to be sent to the judge. The judge will then select the winner and three finalists.
Creative Justice Press abides by The CLMP Code of Ethics. CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.
submit poetry, fiction and creative non fiction as a word document typed in 12 point, times new roman font. all work should be single spaced. Work previously published online, electronically, or in print should not be submitted.
fiction and creative non fiction - 1500 words or less, typed and double spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font
poetry - up to 5 poems, typed and single spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font
up to 2 pieces of art as a high quality (originally created at 300 ppi or higher) jpeg