Essay Press is now reading for its first digital chapbook contest, to be judged by Essay authors.
Submissions are open from August 15 through November 1, 2015. Selections will be made by January.
Each of these 12 judges will select one digital chapbook for 2016 publication. Each judge will write an introduction to his/her selected work. Essay will then release a new winning chapbook each month in 2016.
They particularly welcome 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, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy. Simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, collaborative manuscripts, digital and hybridized text/art manuscripts are all encouraged.
The ideal manuscript will run roughly 30 to 50 pages, though no manuscript will be denied consideration on account of being too short or too long. They will consider all submitted manuscripts for additional publishing possibilities. The reading fee is $8.