Sundress Publications Opens Submissions for 11th Annual E-Chapbook Competition

Deadline: May 31st, 2022

Sundress Publications announces its 11th annual e-chapbook contest. Authors of all genres are invited to submit manuscripts during our reading period of March 1st to May 31st, 2022.

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 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. 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; the editor’s choice prize will receive $100 and publication. Runners-up will also be considered for publication.

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.

To submit, attach your manuscript as a DOCX or PDF file along with your order number for a Sundress 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 2022.

This contest will be judged by Nicole Oquendo. Oquendo is a writer and visual artist that combines these elements to craft multimodal nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, as well as translations of these forms. Their work can be found in numerous literary journals, a poetry collection, a hybrid memoir, and six chapbooks, including their other most recent works: The Antichrist and I and we, animals. They are also an Assistant Editor for Sundress Publications, and their most recently curated anthology, Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities, is available for free on the Sundress Publications website.

Call for Submissions: A Body You Talk To: An Anthology of Contemporary Disability

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Sundress Publications announces an open submission call for A Body You Talk To: An Anthology of Contemporary Disability, a collection of works by Disabled writers and poets that pushes defiantly against what it means to be Disabled today.

The last two years have been an especially challenging time to be disabled as isolation, illness, and stress are at an all-time high — three things that already disproportionately impact those of us who are disabled. Yet we remain a sexy, vibrant, hilarious, and brilliant community. Disabled friends, have you looked at yourself lately? Stunning! And this is what we seek to reflect in our upcoming anthology.

Disabled writers and poets alike are invited to submit work to A Body You Talk To; An Anthology of Contemporary Disability slated for release in Fall 2022. Send us your stories and poems of sex, of illness, of pandemic isolation, of medication challenges, access victories (or failures); send us the messy and funny, the profound and unruly. Send us words in which we can feel you loving yourself. Works may, but are not required to, include direct inference of disability experiences in the body and in the world. Writers and poets may submit on any topic and are not required to disclose their specific disability. Works by Disabled BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers and poets is specifically sought.

Contributors will be paid a small honorarium. This anthology will appear in a digital format.

Interested writers and poets should submit up to 5 poems or 1 piece of prose (max. 750 words), and a preferred email address, on this form by April 30, 2022. 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 at that the work has been accepted elsewhere before notification of acceptance in the anthology. Early submission is recommended as work will be assessed as it arrives.

Artwork by Disabled 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 through the form, above.

Tennison Black will serve as the editor for this anthology. Black is a queer, autistic, and multiply-disabled writer who received an MFA at Arizona State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Collagist, The Seattle Times, SWWIM, Hotel Amerika, 45th Parallel, Wordgathering, and New Mobility among others. She has taught composition, creative writing, and/or publishing at Arizona State University, Western Washington University, Perryville Women’s Prison, and the National University of Singapore. She is the Managing Editor at Sundress Publications and the Best of the Net Anthology.

Sundress Academy for the Arts Fall Residencies

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is now accepting applications for short-term writing residencies in all genres—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, journalism, academic writing, and more—for their fall residency period which runs from August 27, 2022 to January 1, 2022. These residencies are designed to give writers time and space to complete their creative projects in a quiet and productive environment.

Each farmhouse residency costs $300/week, which includes a room of one’s own, as well as access to our communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet.

Residencies in the Writers Coop are $150/week and include your own private dry cabin as well as access to the farmhouse amenities. Because of the low cost, we are rarely able to offer scholarships for Writers Coop residents.

Residents will stay at the SAFTA farmhouse, located on a working farm 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 from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city that is home to thriving artistic and writing communities. SAFTA is ideal for writers looking for a rural retreat with urban amenities.

SAFTA’s residencies, which also 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 gardening and animal care.

As part of our commitment to anti-racist work, we use a reparations payment model for our farmhouse residencies which consists of the following:

  • 3 reparations weeks of equally divided payments for Black and/or Indigenous identifying writers at $150/week
  • 3 discounted weeks of equally divided payments for BIPOC writers at $250/week
  • 6 equitable weeks of equally divided payments at $300/week

Black and/or Indigenous identifying writers are also invited to apply for a $350 support grant to help cover the costs of food, travel, childcare, and/or any other needs while they are at the residency. We are currently able to offer two of these grants per residency period (spring/summer/fall). If you would like to donate to expand this funding, you may do so on our website.

For the 2022 Fall Residency Period, SAFTA will be offering the following fellowships:

  • VIDA Fellowship for Women & Nonbinary Writers: one full and one 50% fellowship for women and nonbinary identifying writers sponsored by VIDA
  • Black & Indigenous Writers Fellowships: one full fellowship for Black and/or Indigenous identifying writers
  • Limited partial scholarships are also available to any applicant with financial need.

Our judge this year’s VIDA fellowship is Christina Mun-Lutz.

The application deadline for the fall residency period is May 15, 2022. Find out more about the application process at

The application fee is waived for all BIPOC identifying writers. For all fellowship applications, the application fee will also be waived for those who demonstrate financial need. All other application fees will go directly towards travel grants for Black and/or Indigenous writers.

Sundress Review Series Looking for Recently Published Books

Deadline: Rolling

As part of Sundress’s ongoing commitment to service, we recognize that COVID-19 has caused hardship by cancelling readings, launches, tours, and other needed promotional efforts. To combat this, Sundress Publications continues to accept submissions for consideration for inclusion in our new review series, Sundress Reads. We’re looking to write featured reviews for any books published or to be published in 2022. We at Sundress 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.

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.

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 residents and staff as well as by request to affiliate journals for further reviews.