To submit, send up to three poems, no longer than 35 lines each (line limit includes stanza breaks but not the title), in one Word or PDF document to email@example.com. Be sure to include a copy of your payment receipt or purchase order number along with a brief author bio by November 30, 2018. Please make sure that no identifying information is included in the submitted poems.
Previously published material is welcome so long as you maintain the rights to the work. Let us know in your cover letter if any of your submitted poems have been previously published.
Poems 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.
Poets in Pajamas (PiP), a Sundress Publications reading series is putting together the slate of readers for 2019 and would like to invite you to apply to read.
Poets in Pajamas is a live-feed online reading series, which prides itself on producing high-quality poetry readings for an online audience, and which is hosted by Sundress Publications. Poets read from their own work for fifteen minutes and then field questions for an additional ten or fifteen.
We are interested in hearing from ALL writers (we accept both poetry and prose readers) but we also particularly want to welcome writers who identify as being a part of marginalized communities (such as but not limited to people of color, immigrant populations, native and indigenous people, LGBTQ+, d/Deaf and Disabled, non-binary people, members of non-dominant religious groups, all women, Dreamers, formerly incarcerated, and more). We want to host you and promote your work.
To apply send three poems or up to five pages of prose and a short video clip of you reading for no more than one to three minutes (less is more), and please also attach a bio and author photo in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions close December 1, 2018.
Note: We are NOT concerned with audio/video quality here, nor your appearance—just use your phone and show us that you have a good audio/video presence and sense of audience. We are NOT judging you based on your physical appearance or what you're wearing or whether you did your hair. We are looking for that magical combination wherein the poet writes transformative words we want to hear AND is willing to engage with a camera and knows how to give an engaging reading. Really, one to three minutes, read as you would at any reading, one poem, or one paragraph. We look forward to reading/hearing your submissions!
All manuscripts will be read by members of our editorial board, and we will choose one manuscript for publication in late 2019. 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 nonbinary 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, send a 20-35 page sample of your manuscript (DOC, DOCX, or PDF), to email@example.com; this sample can include one story or a number of shorter stories. After our initial selection process, semi-finalists will be asked to send the full collection.
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 nominee 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.
The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is now accepting applications for short-term writers' and artists' residencies during the summer residency period, during the weeks of May 12 to August 11, 2018. These residencies are designed to give artists time and space to complete their creative projects in a quiet and productive environment.
Each residency costs $250/week, which includes a room of one's own, access to our communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet access.
Residents will stay at the SAFTA farmhouse, located on a working farm that rests on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee "holler" perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. The farmhouse is also just a half-hour away from downtown Knoxville, and exciting and creative city that is home to a thriving artistic community. SAFTA is ideal for writers and artists looking for a rural retreat with urban amenities.
SAFTA's residencies, which include free access to workshops, readings, and events, offer a unique and engaging experience. Residents can participate in local writing workshops, lead their own workshops, and even have the opportunity to learn life skills like planting and gardening and animal care.
For the summer residency period, SAFTA will be offering the following fellowships: one full and one 50% fellowship for writers and artists of color; one full fellowship for a marginalized writer sponsored by the literary magazine, Alternating Current; and one full fellowship for a survivor of sexual assault. Please note in your application if you are applying for one of these fellowships.
For all fellowship applications, the application fee will be waived for those who demonstrate financial need. Please state this in your application under the financial need section. Limited partial scholarships are also available to any applicant with financial need.
The application deadline for the summer residency period is January 15, 2019.
Sundress Academy for the Arts Now Accepting
Writers Coop Residency Applications for Spring 2019
The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is now accepting applications for short-term writers residencies during the fall residency period for our new Writers Coop during the weeks of August 27 – December 30, 2018. These residencies are designed to give writers and artists time and space to complete their creative projects in a quiet and productive environment.
SAFTA is located on a working farm that rests on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee "holler" perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half-hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,00 in the foothill of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities.
The SAFTA Writers Coop is a 10x10' dry cabin approximately a fourth of a mile from the SAFTA farmhouse. This tiny house is furnished with a twin bed, a desk, a wood-burning stove, a deck that looks over the pasture and pond, as well as a personal detached outhouse. While the cabin has neither electricity nor running water, residents will have full access to the amenities at farmhouse as well as solitude from other residents to write in the rolling hills of East Tennessee.
Each residency costs $150/week and includes your own private dry cabin as well as 24-hour access to the farmhouse amenities.
Applications for this residency are free and rolling. Apply today to get preferred dates.