Harbor Editions, created by Small Harbor Publishing, runs a chapbook open reading period, the Laureate Prize for full length books, and the Marginalia Series. The Marginalia Series is currently open for poetry and hybrid chapbooks 20 – 40 pages in length from traditionally marginalized writers. They would love to see hybrid, flash, memoir, or lyric prose. They are a feminist press committed to diversity and inclusion. They also run Harbor Review, a small online space for poetry and art published twice a year and will re-open for submissions for it’s summer issue on February 1, 2021.
See my interview Director and Founder Allison Blevins and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Harbor Editions.
BLEVINS: Small Harbor Publishing began in 2018 with the first issue of Harbor Review. The magazine is an online space where poetry and art converse. Harbor Review quickly grew and now publishes reviews and runs two micro chapbook competitions, the Washburn Prize and the Editor’s Prize.
In July 2020, Small Harbor Publishing was formed and began Harbor Editions. Small Harbor Publishing is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our goal is to publish unique and diverse voices. We are a feminist press, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion. We strive to fiercely promote the work of our authors and to bring new voices to a devoted and expanding readership.
Harbor Editions runs a chapbook open reading period, the Laureate Prize for full length books, and the Marginalia Series. We will begin an open reading period for hybrid chapbooks in February. We are excited to publish our first chapbook in January, We by Sarah Freligh. Books by July Westhale, Anna Leahy, Arden Levine, Carole Symer, and Dustin Brookshire are also scheduled to publish in 2021!
HOPKINSON: How/why was Harbor Editions originally started?
BLEVINS: Harbor Editions was originally started because of the high quality work we received for the micro chapbook competitions at Harbor Review. We couldn’t publish all of the work we wanted to publish. We knew there were so many authors out there with amazing poems; we wanted to work with them and see their work out in the world.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
BLEVINS: We have selected books that truly excite us. We are certain our readers will agree! Our target audience is folks who want to read something new. The books we select stand out to us because the work is fresh and beautiful. We pick books that must be brought to life and deserve a home.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BLEVINS: We are looking for a book we can’t put down. The books we select demand to be read. We want to read them over and over. We also love books that break the rules. We love strange and unique work. We want to read something we haven’t read before!
We are currently reading for our Marginalia Series. The series only accepts work by marginalized writers and there is no reading fee. Our staff is diverse and we’ve intentionally worked to promote diverse voices. We started this series because we are deeply committed to diversity and inclusion. We wanted to make sure all folks that are marginalized have an opportunity to find a home for their work.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
BLEVINS: We have a hybrid open reading period, but we’d love to see hybrid work in all of our competitions. Send us prose poems. Send lyric non-fiction. We’d love to see black and white art in the book. If you can’t find a home for your strange collection, we want to see it! We want to support inventive collections.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
BLEVINS: We love Brevity, Whale Road Review, Foglifter, SWWIM Every Day, West Trestle Review, Redheaded Stepchild, the museum of americana, Sinister Wisdom, The New Verse News, Glass, and many others.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Harbor Editions?
BLEVINS: I founded the non-profit Small Harbor Publishing because I wanted to give diverse voices a home. We have worked with so many amazing writers and artists at Harbor Review, and I wanted to continue that work at Harbor Editions. I love working with talented writers. I am humbled that they trust us with their work and honored that we get to help share that work with the world. I also love working with my staff. We have a dedicated team all over the US and Canada that volunteer their time to make this organization work. I’m impressed every day by their dedication and generosity.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
BLEVINS: Please check out full submission details at https://www.smallharborpublishing.com/harbor-editions.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
BLEVINS: Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: February 28, 2021
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry and hybrid chapbooks, 20 – 40 pages
SUBMISSION METHOD: email
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Yes
PAYMENT: 25 copies
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