The LGBTQ Literary Preserve Congratulates the 2015 Book Prize Winners:

Antipsalms by  Wayne Johns

Audre Lorde & Frank O’Hara Prize for Poetry

David Kirby – Judge

 

The Never Home Girl by Leslie Early

C.F. Borgman Fiction Book Award

Andrea Krauss – Judge

 

Mission by Larisa Svirsky

Sheila Ortiz Taylor Chapbook Competition

Jeff G. Peters – Judge

Audre Lorde & Frank O'Hara Prize for Poetry - David Kirby, Judge 

C.F. Borgman Fiction Book Award - Andrea Krauss, Judge

Sheila Ortiz Taylor Chapbook Competition - Jeff G. Peters, Judge


AUDRE LORDE & FRANK O"HARA PRIZE FOR POETRY

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Audre Lorde - A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Her poetry, and “indeed all of her writing,” according to Poets & Writers contributor Joan Martin in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, “rings with passion, sincerity, perception, and depth of feeling.” Fighting a battle with cancer that she documented in her highly acclaimed Cancer Journals (1980), Lorde died of the illness in 1992.


Frank O'Hara - Frank O'Hara was a dynamic leader of the "New York School" of poets, a group that included John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler. The Abstract Expressionist painters in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s used the title, but the poets borrowed it. From the beginning O'Hara's poetry was engaged with the worlds of music, dance, and painting.

In that complex of associations he devised an idea of poetic form that allowed the inclusion of many kinds of events, including everyday conversations and notes about New York advertising signs. Since his death in 1966 at age forty, the depth and richness of his achievements as a poet and art critic have been recognized by an international audience. As the painter Alex Katz remarked, "Frank's business was being an active intellectual." He was that. His articulate intelligence made new proposals for poetic form possible in American poetry.

On July 25, 1966, while vacationing on Fire Island, Frank O’Hara was killed in a sand buggy accident. He was forty years old.

 

 

The Audre Lorde & Frank O'Hara Prize for Poetry is a competition established by The Literary Preserve. The competition is open to poets for a manuscript of original poetry in English. The winner receives $1000, and publication and distribution of the winning manuscript by Oia Arts Press, an imprint of The LGBTQ Literary Preserve. The winning poet also receives 25 free author copies of the book.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

  • April 17 to December 21  (postmark) each year
  • Submit via our Submittable  page
  • Reading fee for each manuscript is $30
  • Manuscripts must be 48-80 pages, excluding front matter. They may be single- or double-spaced.
  • Seeking poetry from any person identifying as LGBTQ.
  • Do not put your name on your manuscript. Be sure to include the title of your manuscript in your cover page, as well as your name, address, email address, and phone number.
  • The LGBTQ Literary Preserve accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($30) exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail.

  • Finalists and winner are announced in the fall 
  • ADDITIONAL CONTEST INFORMATION

    Poems previously published in journals and anthologies should be accompanied by an acknowledgments page. Authors may submit multiple manuscripts; each will require a reading fee. Previously submitted manuscripts and manuscripts under consideration by other publishers are also eligible. Please notify us as soon as possible, should your manuscript be accepted by another press.

    Contest results are published in Poets & WritersThe Writers' ChronicleNew Pages, and other national magazines. The winning book is published about one year after its selection.

  • 2015 Judge - David Kirby
  • David Kirby is an American poet and the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University (FSU). Kirby has published over 20 books, including collections of poetry, and literary criticism.

    His new and selected poetry collection, The House on Boulevard St. (Louisiana State University Press), was nominated for the 2007 National Book Award in poetry.

    His work has won numerous awards, including four Pushcart Prizes, the James Dickey Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

  • CLMP Contest Ethics Code

    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) provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved.

     3) 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.



 

C.F. BORGMAN FICTION BOOK AWARD

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Chuck Borgman - Chuck was an immensely talented writer, performance artist, musician, and poet. Borgman died in 1999 at the age of 49.

When the Men on Men Anthology was published in 1986, every critic singled out the story by C.F. Borgman as "outstanding," "amazing," "masterful." His debut novel, River Road, eloquently fulfilled the promise of that auspicious start. This is an epic work, both serious and comic, filled with character, incident, and the sweep of time.

River Road established Borgman as a writer with a truly original voice. In River Road, "sex and spirituality are woven into a story whose broad strokes of contemporary experience and timeless wisdom sound the echoes of the best of Walker Percy," according to writer John Preston.

River Road is a novel of love and death and birth. Publisher, New American Library noted,  in Eugene Goessler, "C.F. Borgman has created a character whose days, nights, and years are a testament to the very limitlessness of life. This ambitious and magnificent work launches a new writer of immense accomplishment."

Chuck Borgman is one of the LGBTQ writers whose work is out of print with no digital presence. The LGBTQ Literary Preserve is working to preserve our LGBTQ literary heritage. The Literary Preserve will ensure Borgman's legacy is protected & preserved online.

The LGBTQ Literary Preserve is sponsoring a fiction contest open to all writers writing in English. Both short story collections and novels are eligible.  The prize will be $1000, publication by Oia Arts Press (an imprint of The Literary Preserve), and 25 copies of the book.

Manuscripts should be submitted anonymously. An acknowledgments page should NOT be included in your attached file.       

Electronic submission: Fiction manuscripts must be submitted electronically through our submission manager.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

  • April 17 to December 21  (postmark) each year
  • Submit via our Submittable page
  • Seeking fiction from any person identifying as LGBTQ.
  • Reading fee for each manuscript is $35
  • Manuscripts must be 120-400 pages, excluding front matter. They may be single- or double-spaced.
  • Do not put your name on your manuscript. Be sure to include the title of your manuscript in your cover page, as well as your name, address, email address, and phone number.
  • The LGBTQ Literary Preserve accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($35) exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail.

  • Finalists and winner are announced in the fall 
  • ADDITIONAL CONTEST INFORMATION

    Stories previously published in journals and anthologies should be accompanied by an acknowledgments page. Authors may submit multiple manuscripts; each will require a reading fee. Previously submitted manuscripts and manuscripts under consideration by other publishers are also eligible. Please notify us as soon as possible, should your manuscript be accepted by another press.

    Contest results are published in Poets & WritersThe Writers' ChronicleNew Pages, and other national magazines. The winning book is published about one year after its selection.

2015 Judge - Andrea Krauss

Andrea Krauss has been in the film industry for more than fifteen years. She has been with the Distributions and Acquisitions division of Here Media/Regent Entertainment for eight years, bringing her unique visual sensitivity, strong analytical skills, and cultural awareness to the company by screening and evaluating submissions for potential acquisition. She has also been instrumental in coordinating domestic and international film festivals for all of Here/Regent Films’ theatrical titles including the Academy Award-winning film Departures.

  • CLMP Contest Ethics Code

    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) provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved.

     3) 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.

 
 

SHEILA ORTIZ TAYLOR CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

Sheila Ortiz Taylor -

Novelist, poet, and scholar, Sheila Ortiz-Taylor is not only a prolific writer and respected teacher of writing and literature, but she has also bracketed her career with groundbreaking achievements.

Her first novel, Faultline, published in 1982, is considered by many, including The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States, to be the first lesbian novel with a Chicana hero. Through Faultline and her other works, Ortiz-Taylor has helped illuminate the Mexican-American lesbian experience (Source: GLBTQ.com).

 

The competition is open to all poets or fiction writers writing in English. Individual poems or stories in the manuscript previously published in magazines, print or web journals, or anthologies are acceptable, but the work as a whole must be unpublished including self-published books. Entries of 16–36 pages of original poems or short fiction in English. Winner will receive a $500 Prize and Book Publication. Winner is announced in the Fall 2015 with Publication within one year.

Guidelines

April 17 to December 21 (postmark) each year.

  • Submit via our Submittable page
  • Seeking poetry or short fiction from any person identifying as LGBTQ.
  • Reading fee for each manuscript is $20

The Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short fiction between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

All manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), table of contents, and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 16-36 pages in length (double-spaced for fiction), not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). 

 

  • Do not put your name on your manuscript. Be sure to include the title of your manuscript in your cover page, as well as your name, address, email address, and phone number.

You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.  Collaborative collections are welcome. We cannot accept translations.

Please enter fiction submissions here.

2015 Judge - Jeff G. Peters

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Jeff G. Peters. Jeff is President of Anhinga Press (www.anhingapress.org). Jeff has published two books, essays (most recent: Gilbert & George: The Rock Stars of the Art World ), literary reviews, and artist interviews for a number of publications.

Jeff is on the Board of TFFXFAME Film Festival & serves as the Curator for the LGBTQ Film Series. Previously Jeff was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for The Pragmatist Magazine and The Community News.

  • CLMP Contest Ethics Code

    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) provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved.

     3) 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.