Open Reading Period for Full-Length Manuscripts: Deadline July 31st

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Sundress Publications’ open reading period of full-length manuscripts ends on Monday, July 31st!

Sundress Publications is looking for manuscripts of forty-eight to eighty (48-80) single-spaced pages of poetry; front matter does not count toward your page count. Individual pieces or selections may have been previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Single-author and collaborative author manuscripts will be considered. Manuscripts translated from another language will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that authors notify us immediately if their work has been accepted elsewhere.

The reading fee is $13 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title. We will also accept nominations for entrants, provided the nominating person either pays the reading fee or makes a qualifying purchase. Authors may submit and/or nominate as many manuscripts as they would like, so long as each is accompanied by a separate reading fee or purchase/pre-order. Entrants and nominators can place book orders or pay submission fees at our store at https://squareup.com/market/sundress-publications.

All manuscripts will be read by members of our editorial board, and we will choose at least two manuscripts for publication. We strive to further our commitment to diversity and seek to encounter as many unique and important voices as possible. We are actively seeking collections from writers of color, trans and gender-nonconforming writers, writers with disabilities, and others whose voices are underrepresented in literary publishing. Selected manuscripts will be offered a standard publication contract, which includes 25 copies of the published book, as well as any additional copies at cost.

To submit, email your Sundress store receipt for submission fee or book purchase, along with your manuscript (DOC, DOCX, or PDF), to sundresspublications@gmail.com. Be sure to note both your name and the title of the manuscript in your email header. For those nominating others for our reading period, please include the name of person, as well as an email address; we will solicit the manuscript directly.

A 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is entirely volunteer-run, publishes chapbooks and full-length works in both print and digital formats, and hosts a variety of online journals. Although we are conscious of the lack of representation by women writers in literary publishing, we are a non-discriminatory publishing group focused on the creativity of all artists, regardless of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, education, etc. We are firm believers in fostering artists whose work is worthy of recognition.

To learn more about Sundress, visit our website at sundresspublications.com.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “I’m So Fine” by Khadijah Queen

Since Optimus Prime counts so does the KITT car


This selection comes from I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen, available from YesYes Books. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat / Akashic Books 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011), which won the Noemi book award for poetry and was a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books; Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015), a hybrid collection framed by a letter to fear written during artist Ann Hamilton’s Park Avenue Armory installation the event of a thread; and the narrative collection I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Individual works appear in FenceTin HouseGulf CoastThe OffingjubilatTupelo QuarterlyPoor ClaudiaBest American Nonrequired ReadingThe Volta Book of PoetsFire & Ink: A Social Action AnthologyThe Force of What’s Possible and widely in other journals and anthologies. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the low-residency Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University. She is also raising a teenager.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “I’m So Fine” by Khadijah Queen

My two older sisters met Danny Glover off Rodeo & La Brea back in the mid-1980s


This selection comes from I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen, available from YesYes Books. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat / Akashic Books 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011), which won the Noemi book award for poetry and was a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books; Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015), a hybrid collection framed by a letter to fear written during artist Ann Hamilton’s Park Avenue Armory installation the event of a thread; and the narrative collection I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Individual works appear in FenceTin HouseGulf CoastThe OffingjubilatTupelo QuarterlyPoor ClaudiaBest American Nonrequired ReadingThe Volta Book of PoetsFire & Ink: A Social Action AnthologyThe Force of What’s Possible and widely in other journals and anthologies. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the low-residency Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University. She is also raising a teenager.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

When A Cloud Covers pt 1

When A Cloud Covers pt 2


This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

Project Bookshelf: Rosetta Berger

Rosetta Berger Project Bookshelf Picture

This is the first real bookshelf that I’ve had to call my own in life, one that’s not shared with family members or put together using bookends on a wide windowsill in a dorm room or a carrel at the library. All of those bookshelves have a special place in my heart, but this is the first one that I bought to put in my own space, to be used solely by me and become a little window into my heart and soul. My globe bookends, a gift from my sister, are half purple, faded by the sun from the time they spent on my dorm room windowsill.

My favorite CDs and movies serve as bookends on the top shelf, accompanied by concert mementos that are placed strategically in hopes that my cat won’t be able to knock them over. My favorite books on this particular shelf are probably The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, East by Edith Pattou, and a very well-loved copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (handed down from my parents). I haven’t been able to fill this bookshelf up as much as I’d like yet, but I know that soon it will be far too small and my “bookshelf” will once again encompass unconventional and improvised spaces, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Rosetta Berger HeadshotRosetta Berger is a recent graduate of Wheaton College (Massachusetts), where she double majored in English and Russian Studies and studied literary and linguistic analysis. She has also studied at the University of Edinburgh and worked as a research assistant in a linguistics lab at Yale University. Rosetta has published scholarly articles on the literary relationship between Icelandic sagas and on the historical development of the Russian language, a paper which was recognized with the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Memorial Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research at Harvard University.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

Lower Market


This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

Dream in Which I Learn My Sister Is Dead


This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick’s Before Isadore Released by Sundress Publications

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Sundress Publications is pleased to Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick’s full-length book of poetry, Before Isadore. The book is available to preorder at the Sundress store!

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“Shannon Hardwick’s Before Isadore gives insight into the softest spaces and the harshest regrets, creating a book ‘birth-sick’ with its own existence. These poems are a waking dream, a dream of lovers and rivers and piles of bones. Hardwick creates a mythos of life and love inseparable from death, asking her readers to ask where the border lies between hope and suffering, if it really exists at all. Hardwick’s invitation is also a prayer ‘about touching / the untouched again.'” -Amy King, author of The Missing Museum and I Want to Make You Safe

“Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick is a remarkable writer. Breathtakingly intimate, riotously magical, by turns harrowing and majestic, Before Isadore is a work of astonishing power. A true triumph.” -Musa Okwonga, poet, journalist, musician and author of A Cultured Left Foot and Eating Roses for Dinner

“Written inside a runnel of a life, these poems work both as offering and birthing, and spell out the coming-to-be of Isadore, along with the dissolution of a marriage—in the poet-mother’s lively inventive and surreal poems. There is a mix of god talk “sounds/only a god knows/exists” and ‘guilt, glitter and grace.’ In such an intelligent book, the poems beckon us to stop and read again “wonder’s first” words, so that we ‘stretch inside circles,’ and so that a newborn, ‘blue lipped/ in the last prayer’ is brought forth both in form and in fancy. The middle section a series of poems describing how parts of the body, marriage and child were made, as in ‘ear is made/into the absence,’ is evocative and inventive. The arc of the book’s poems work wonderfully, ending then with ‘the one who broke/into a person who prays.’” -Veronica Golos, Author of Rootwork

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Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick has chapbooks out with Thrush Press and Mouthfeel Press and an e-chapbook with Agape Editions. Hardwick serves as the poetry editor for The Boiler Journal. Before Isadore is her debut full-length collection.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

For My Mother, After Becoming a Mother


This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “String Theory” by Jenny Yang Cropp

Oriental


This selection comes from String Theory by Jenny Yang Cropp, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Our curator for July is Raquel Thorne.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press), a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook Hanging the Moon. Her new chapbook, Not a Bird or a Flower, is forthcoming this summer from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, most recently Poemeleon and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.  She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and her PhD from the University of South Dakota. This fall, she will join the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of English. Find her online @JennyYangCropp and www.jennyyangcropp.com.

Rhiannon Thorne, known as Raquel by friends, grew up in the Bay Area of California, a couple hours north of San Francisco in the wine country. A genderqueer poet, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA, where she is a MFA candidate at LSU and the Interviews/Reviews editor for New Delta Review. Raquel is also co-creator of cahoodaloodaling, an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the president of Tandem Reader Awards.

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