DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2017
Honeysuckle Press is the sister organization of Winter Tangerine and has a similar aesthetic with absolutely stunning artwork and clean, readable website design. It is “a literary press committed to expanding and redefining human truths by prioritizing the narratives of unsung communities.”
Their inaugural chapbook contest is open to everyone–there are no fees to submit. But this is no ordinary chapbook contest! Don’t miss this chance to have your work read by amazing judges and to win an excellent prize package!
- Poetry Judge: Saeed Jones
- Prose Judge: Bhanu Kapil
- Prize Package: Each winner will receive $500, print publication, author copies, distribution in bookstores across America, and a jar of berry jam. Finalists may be offered publication at Honeysuckle Press’s discretion.
Honeysuckle Press publishes poetry, fiction, memoir, etc. and will begin accepting queries for full-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in collaboration with Winter Tangerine in Winter 2017. I wondered how and why this press came to be, so I asked Honeysuckle Press founder and editor-in-chief Yasmin Belkhyr a few questions to find out. See my interview with Belkhyr and FREE chapbook contest information below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Honeysuckle Press.
BELKHYR: Honeysuckle Press is a literary press devoted to centering the narratives of minority communities. We’re a sister organization of the literary magazine, Winter Tangerine. Though Winter Tangerine is nearly four years old, Honeysuckle Press was launched in the fall of 2016.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Honeysuckle Press originally started?
BELKHYR: At Winter Tangerine, we had been discussing the possibility of a press for a few years but it wasn’t a priority because we didn’t know exactly what we were looking to accomplish with a press that we couldn’t do with the magazine. We found direction in our commitment to freedom and justice for marginalized communities. Fascist ideologies have been steadily rising this year, so we decided we wanted to push back against that by amplifying the voices of those that oppressive power structures target. There is a power to a physical book, a tangibility that goes beyond what WT accomplishes on the internet. We want to physically create books of resistance—even, and perhaps especially, if that resistance is simply survival.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BELKHYR: We want to publish books that feel real, that feel like coming home. Books that add to the lexicon of human experience. There are so many rich, complex communities and cultures that are dehumanized and degraded due to the forces of system bigotry. There are so many stories that aren’t given space. Our mission is to create platforms and community for those on the margins—people of color, women, the queer community, the disabled community, the immigrant community, the Muslim and Jew community, anyone who exists within liminal space.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
BELKHYR: Some recent favorites have been Vinyl, Muzzle, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and Apogee.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
BELKHYR: Through our Submittable, here!
BELKHYR: firstname.lastname@example.org works!
DEADLINE: January 31, 2017
ENTRY FEE: None
PRIZE: Each winner will receive $500, print publication, author copies, distribution in bookstores across America, and a jar of berry jam. Finalists may be offered publication at Honeysuckle Press’s discretion.
FORMS: Poetry chapbooks and prose chapbooks (20 pages – 35 pages)