Sundress Publications Opens Submissions for Tenth Annual E-Chapbook Competition
Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Sundress Publications announces its tenth annual e-chapbook contest. Authors of all genres are in-vited to submit manuscripts during our reading period of March 1st to May 31st, 2021.

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid work are welcome as are visual poetry, poetry comics, and visual hybrid works. 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 col-lection, 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. Authors may submit as many chapbook manuscripts as they like, so long as each is accompanied by a separate reading fee or purchase/pre-order. Entrants can place book orders or pay submission fees at our store. Entry fees are waived for all BIPOC writers.

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

All manuscripts should include a cover page (with only the title of the manuscript), table of con-tents, 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.

To submit, attach your manuscript as a DOCX or PDF file along with your order number for a Sun-dress title or 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 late summer of 2021.

This contest will be judged by librecht baker, the author of vetiver (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and an English Professor. baker frolics with Black Girl Magic Creative Series and joined Radar Productions' Sister Spit 2020 tour. her full-length play, Taciturn Beings, was a semi-finalist for the 43rd annual Bay Area Playwright's Festival and part of The Vagrancy's Blossoming: A New Play Reading Series 2019. baker's one-act dramedy, Afterlife or Bust, will be produced by Q Youth Foundation in 2020. her other writings, i.e. poetry, appear in ACCOLADES: A Women Who Submit Anthology, Solace: Writing Refuge, & LGBTQ Women of Color, Bone Bouquet (Issue 8.1), Sinister Wisdom 107 - Black Lesbians: We are the Revolution!, and other publications, but can also be experienced via Women Who Submit's IGTV for their ACCOLADES online reading series and The Vagrancy's "The Life and Dead Of," written by June Carryl, via The Vagrancy's webpage.

Call for Submissions
NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators
Deadline: April 30, 2021

Sundress Publications announces an open submission call for NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators, a collection that asks us earthers, terrans, the identified sentients of this planet to reconceive how we perceive our doings and being in this world.

Reaching far beyond a generic exploration of visionary and speculative possibilities, NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators asks: are we on a bright threshold or at the edge of a dark precipice? Are we about to take flight and evolve, or plummet into an abysmal abyss? BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, poets of color) word-wielders are invited to share their visions, invocations, foretellings, and alterations in this new anthology of speculative poetry entitled NOMBONO (the Zulu word for “visionary”). The range of speculative poetry’s engagements are sought: aliens, alternate history, cryptids, cyberfunk, cyberpunk, dystopia, fairy tales, fabulism, fantasy, folklore, futurism, horror, magic, monsters, mythology, occult, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, robots, science fiction, shifters, slipstream, solar punk, space opera, steamfunk, steampunk, superheroes, supernatural, sword and sorcery, sword and soul, time-travel, and weird. All poetic forms and scifaiku are welcome.

Interested poets should submit up to 5 poems, a short bio (max. 100 words) along with your preferred email address, phone number, and physical mailing address as a single DOCX or PDF file to, by April 30, 2021. Previously published work will be considered as long as you retain the right to reprint it and note where it first appeared. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as they are noted as such and the author notifies the editor that the work has been accepted elsewhere, before notification of acceptance in the anthology. Failure to conform to these guidelines means your poems will go unconsidered for the anthology. Early submission is recommended, as work will be assessed as it arrives. Publication is slated for the second half of 2021.

Artwork by BIPOC artists is also sought for consideration for this anthology. To submit, please send high-resolution JPEGS and a short bio (max. 100 words) along with your preferred email address, phone number, and physical mailing address to

This anthology will appear both in a print and digital format. All contributors will receive one print author copy plus any additional copies at cost. Any additional funding from the project will be paid to authors.

The poet Akua Lezli Hope will serve as the editor for this anthology. Akua Lezli Hope’s awards include the National Endowment for the Arts writing fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowships, a Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association prize, and Rhysling and Pushcart Prize nominations, among others. She is the author of the award-winning collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics (ArtFarm Press), and THEM GONE (The Word Works). A lifetime member of the SFPA, she created Speculative Sundays, a biweekly, online, speculative poetry reading series. Her speculative poetry chapbook, Otherwheres (ArtFarm Press, 2020), is available on Amazon.

Sundress Review Series Looking for Recently Published Books
Deadline: Rolling

As part of Sundress's ongoing commitment to service, we would like to continue our offer to review books that have been released in 2020. COVID-19 has caused immeasurable hardship in the literary community by cancelling readings, launches, tours, and other needed promotional efforts. To combat this, Sundress Publications is now accepting submissions for consideration for inclusion in our review series, Sundress Reads. We're looking to write featured reviews for books with release dates from July 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021. We at Sundress particularly hope to champion writers whose work highlights human struggle and challenges misconceptions.

Authors or publishers of books published within this date range are invited to submit books, chapbooks, or anthologies in any genre for consideration by our reviewers who are standing by. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. Sundress does not assign reviews, but instead makes all materials available to our reviewers for individual selection. For immediate consideration, please forward an electronic copy of the book (PDFs preferred), author bio, photo of the cover, and a link to the publisher's website to with “Sundress Reads: Title” as the subject line. In addition, we request that one print copy be mailed to Sundress Academy for the Arts, ATTN: Sundress Reads, 195 Tobby Hollow Lane, Knoxville, TN 37931 to support the library for writers in retreat at SAFTA.

Submissions to Sundress Reads will remain eligible for selection for one year. Hard copies will become a permanent part of the Sundress Academy for the Arts library and will be made available to SAFTA fellows and staff as well as by request to affiliate journals for further reviews.