Chapbook Competition Ends…

ELJ Publications 2013 Chapbook Competition is in the final stretch. Entries will only be accepted until midnight. At midnight, Submittable will close the category and it will disappear. Prize is up to $75. 7 finalists have been forwarded to 3 excellent judges to be judged blindly within the next 10 days or so. We developed a matrix scoring model that will reduce a subjective reading response. Manuscripts will be judged on 4 categories: aesthetics, use of language, use of imagery and cohesiveness. The total score will be averaged for a total by judge and the averaged again between the 3 judges. It’s simple, the highest average score wins. I will announce semi-finalists and finalists when the winner is chosen and all entrants are notified regarding their submission status. Prize will be awarded as a Visa gift card or postal money order based on the winner’s preference. We are aiming to publish the winner no later than April 1, 2013. Should there by a tie, we will re-evaluate the scoring and publish the runner-up in addition to the winner. Should this scenario occur, the runner-up will also receive 2 copies of their book, but only the winner will receive the cash prize. Good luck to our finalists and many thanks to our entrants.

Chapbook Competition Announced…

Emerge Literary Journal is forming ELJ Publications for an annual chapbook competition and is excited about discovering the emerging poetic talent that is out there. We will consider your work for publication only if you have never published a chapbook or full-length collection before. ELJ Publications is is an independent publisher that publishes one-of-a-kind sophisticated and beautiful chapbooks via print-on-demand technology. We will market the winner via our website, Facebook and Twitter. ELJ Publications prefers narrative and free verse poetry that explores human emotions, experiences, dreams, revelations, etc. We also veer towards the surreal with powerful images and language. If you feel that your poems fit into any of these categories, please consider us.

Please submit 25-30 poems along with title page, acknowledgements and bio. Please also provide a statement that the work you are presenting is your own and that you hold all the rights to the work. Please no collaborations. We appreciate a manuscript that has been fully proofread and is just about ready to be published. Contest is only open for 14 days, beginning tomorrow, February 14th, and will be advertised through our website, Duotrope, Facebook and Twitter only. There is a $7 contest fee. Winner will get 50% of the net incoming fees and 2 copies of their book. We will pick a winner in March and publish the book in April or May. Please direct any questions to emergeliteraryjournal@gmail.com. Submittable is scheduled to open up for the contest at midnight.