Essay Press is dedicated to publishing artful, innovative
and culturally relevant prose. We are interested in publishing single essays
that are too long to be easily published in journals or magazines, but too
short to be considered book-length by most publishers. We are looking for
essays that have something to say, essays that both demand and deserve to stand
alone. We particularly welcome work that extends or challenges the formal
protocols of the essay, including, but not limited to: lyric essays or prose
poems; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to
journalism, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy.




Essay Press is hosting a chapbook contest through December 15, to be judged by Sasha Steensen!

We’re particularly excited to publish chapbooks that extend or challenge the formal possibilities of prose, including but not limited to: lyric essays and prose poems or poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism; interdisciplinary historiography, criticism, scholarship, and philosophy. Simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, collaborative manuscripts, translations, and digital and hybridized text/art manuscripts are all welcome.

Submissions will ideally be between 15 and 40 pages, but slightly shorter or longer is fine. You are welcome to submit an excerpt from a longer work, a collection of texts, or a single essay that is too long for journal publication but too short for full-length book publication.

You may include a brief author bio and/or cover letter along with your submission, but this is not required.

Publication decisions are expected to be finished by the end of February, and accepted chapbooks will appear in 2022 or 2023.

Authors will receive 25 author copies of their chapbook and a $250 honorarium. 

The reading fee is $10, or $15 to receive a copy of a previously published Essay Press book, for those in the United States. For those living internationally, if you would like to enter the contest and receive an EP book, please contact Meagan Wilson at m.essaypress@gmail.com.

If the submission fee is prohibitive, particularly for LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC writers who wish their work to be considered for this contest, please contact us at essaypress@gmail.com about a fee waiver.

Questions about the contest can be sent to essaypress@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE JUDGE:

Sasha Steensen is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Gatherest (Ahsahta Press) and Every Thing Awake (forthcoming Shearsman Press). Recent essays and hybrid work can be found at Essay Press, Interim, Tupelo Quarterly and Evening Will Come. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Colorado State University where she also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, two daughters, flock of chickens, two standard poodles and a very fierce barn cat.

Essay Press and the University of Washington Bothell’s MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics Program are hosting a 2021 Essay Book Contest to be judged by Ronaldo Wilson!

We’re particularly excited to read manuscripts that extend or challenge the formal possibilities of prose, including but not limited to: lyric essays and prose poems or poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, interdisciplinary historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy. Simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, collaborative manuscripts, digital and hybridized text/art manuscripts are all welcome.

The ideal manuscript will run roughly 70-200 pages, though no manuscript will be denied consideration on account of being too short or too long. We will consider all submitted manuscripts for additional publishing possibilities. Selections will be made and announced by April 2021.

Along with book publication by Essay Press, the contest winner will receive an award of $1,000 and a visit to the University of Washington Bothell.

READING FEE:

The reading fee is $20, or $25 to receive a copy of a previously published Essay Press book, for those in the United States. For those living internationally, if you would like to enter the contest and receive an EP book, please contact Meagan Wilson at m.essaypress@gmail.com.

If the submission fee is prohibitive, particularly for LGBTQ+ and/or Black, Indigenous, and people of color writers who wish their work to be considered for this contest, please contact us at essaypress@gmail.com about a fee waiver.

See previous winners and judges here.

ABOUT THE JUDGE:

Interdisciplinary artist, poet and scholar Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh 2008), Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books 2009), Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015), and Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2018). Wilson’s Carmelina: Figures (Wendy’s Subway, 2021) and Virgil Kills: Stories (Nightboat Books, 2022) are forthcoming. Wilson is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Kundiman, MacDowell, the Center for Art and Thought, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. He is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at UC Santa Cruz, serving on the core faculty of the Creative Critical PhD Program, and principal faculty of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

ABOUT EP / THE UWB MFA:

Essay Press is dedicated to publishing artful, innovative and culturally relevant prose that extends or challenges the formal protocols of nonfiction.

University of Washington Bothell’s MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics is unique for its emphasis on poetics, encouraging a cross-genre and multi-media curriculum, bringing together nationally and internationally renowned faculty including visual artists and creative writers, and giving students the freedom to pursue their second year as residency or non-residency students, or a hybrid of both.

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