Sundress Academy for the Arts Now Accepting Residency Applications for Summer 2018
Deadline: February 1st, 2018

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 7 to August 12, 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 and cable.

For the summer residency period, SAFTA will be offering the following scholarships: one full and one 50% scholarship for writers and artists of color.

For either of the two writer/artist of color fellowships, the application fee will be waived for those who demonstrate financial need. Please state this in your application under the financial need section. Partial scholarships are also available to any applicant with financial need.

The application deadline for the summer residency period is February 1, 2018.

Sundress Academy for the Arts Announces Scholarship Contest for 2018 Summer Poetry Writing Retreat
Deadline: March 31st, 2018

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to announce its Summer Poetry Writing Retreat, which runs from Friday, May 25th to Sunday, May 27th, 2018. The three-day, two-night camping retreat will be held at SAFTA's own Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee. All SAFTA retreats focus on generative poetry writing, and this year's poetry retreat will also include break-out sessions on writing political poetry, writing confession, kicking writer's block, publishing, and more.

A weekend pass includes one-on-one and group instruction, writing supplies, food, drinks, transportation to and from the airport, and all on-site amenities for $250. Tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment are available to rent for $25. Payment plans are available if you reserve by March 31, 2017.

The event will be open to writers of all backgrounds and provide an opportunity to work with many talented, published poets from around the country, including workshop leaders Ruth Awad and Stevie Edwards

Ruth Awad is the author of Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2017), which won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and she won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry contest. Her work has appeared in New Republic, The Missouri Review, CALYX, Diode, The Adroit Journal, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. Learn more at

Stevie Edwards is the founder and editor-in-chief of Muzzle Magazine and senior editor in book development at YesYes Books. Her first book, Good Grief (Write Bloody, 2012), received the Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze in Poetry and the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her second book, Humanly, was released in 2015 by Small Doggies Press, and her chapbook, Sadness Workshop, is forthcoming from Button Poetry in January 2018. She has an M.F.A. in poetry from Cornell University and is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at University of North Texas. Her writing is published and forthcoming in Indiana Review, Crazyhorse, TriQuarterly, Redivider, 32 Poems, West Branch, The Journal, Rattle, Verse Daily, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.

We have one full scholarship available for the retreat as well as limited 20% scholarships for those with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, send a packet of no more than (8) pages of poetry along with a brief statement on why you would like to attend this workshop to Erin Elizabeth Smith at no later than March 31, 2018. Winners will be announced in April.

Space at this workshop is limited to 15 writers, so reserve your place today here.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts Announces Emerging Writer Contest
Deadline: March 30th, 2018

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) invites new and emerging writers in its community to have their voices heard. Since 2013, SAFTA has hosted poets and prose writers as part of the award-winning Sundress Reading Series. These readings have showcased the work of up-and-coming and established authors from around the country; however, the literary world can feel like an echo chamber, and, as with all small communities, expansion and fresh perspectives are essential to continued excellence.

With this goal in mind, SAFTA is excited to announce the first ever Sundress Emerging Writer Contest for new voices. To enter, participants must meet the following criteria:

1. Have never had a book or chapbook of their work published (excluding self-publishing),
2. Have not received a degree in creative writing (those currently working towards a creative writing degree are eligible)

One winner will receive a 15-minute reading slot at the Sundress Reading Series in Knoxville, TN in either June or July of 2018 as well as three Sundress titles of their choosing.

To be considered, participants should email a sample of their work in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (not to exceed 10 pages) to Erin Elizabeth Smith at by March 30, 2018. Winners will be announced in April.

Sundress Publications Opens Submissions for 2018 Chapbook Competition
Deadline: April 15th, 2018

Sundress Publications is pleased to announce its fourth annual chapbook contest. Authors of all genres are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period of January 15th to April 15th, 2018.

We are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be between twelve to twenty-six (12-26) pages in length, with a page break between individual pieces. Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Both single-author and collaborative dual-author manuscripts will be considered. Manuscripts must be primarily in English; translations are not eligible.

The entry fee is $10 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 chapbook 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.

The winner will receive a $200 prize, plus publication as a beautiful full-color PDF available exclusively online for free. Runners-up will also be considered for publication.

This year's judge will be Wren Hanks. Hanks is a trans writer from Texas and the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, his recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Jellyfish Magazine, The Wanderer, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming from Tree Light Books in 2018. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

All manuscripts should include a cover page (with only the title of the manuscript), table of contents, dedication (if applicable), and acknowledgments for previous publications. These pages will not be included in the total page count. Identifying information should not appear in any part of the manuscript. Authors with a significant relationship to the judge (friends, relatives, colleagues, past or present students, etc.) are discouraged from entering. We are dedicated to a fair judging process that emphasizes the quality of the writing, not the résumé of author.

To submit, attach your manuscript as a DOCX or PDF file along with your order number for either a Sundress title of the entry fee to

Simultaneous submission to other presses is acceptable, but please notify Sundress immediately if the manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry. No revisions will be allowed during the contest judging period. Winners will be announced in Summer 2018.

Doubleback Books Accepting Out-of-Print Manuscripts Of Any Genre
Deadline: Rolling

At Doubleback Books, we believe that out of print should not mean out of mind. Although other publishers rescue works that have fallen into the public domain from obscurity, few reprint books from small, independent presses that have folded during the twenty-first century and (often through no fault of their own) left new, exciting books to go out of print before their time.

If you are the author of a book that has recently gone out of print because the press closed, we want to read it. We are hosting an open reading period from May to July 2017. Authors of works that have gone out of print due to the closure of the original press may submit full-length or short books, including novels, novellas, chapbooks, short story collections, poetry collections, essay collections, and memoirs. Editors may also submit out of print manuscripts their presses published before closing. To be eligible, works must have been both published and out of print after 2000.

Accepted manuscripts will be released as free downloadable e-books on the Sundress Publications website. Previous titles include Karyna McGlynn's Alabama Steve and Jehanne Dubrow's The Hardship Post.

To submit, email the following to
  • Your manuscript(s) in .PDF or .DOC format
  • A brief cover letter in the body of the email telling us a little bit about your work and yourself, and noting the genre of the manuscript
  • The name of the manuscript's original publisher
  • The name and contact information of the publisher's former editor-in-chief, if available.

    Please note: we do not republish translated work or previously self-published work.

    Doubleback Books is an imprint of Sundress Publications.