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By purchasing a chapbook or novella you’re helping to support a creative community of women writers and artists – when women come together, we flourish. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of our chapbooks will go towards funding the Owl of Minerva Award. The Owl Award is a $500 scholarship awarded to one woman who illustrates and exemplifies the Minerva Credo:

Helping women tell their stories, and tell them well.

Love & the Loaded Gun

Cover JPEGThe poems in Love & the Loaded Gun are about characters from history, pop culture, mythology, and the literary canon who are exploding for one reason or another—either because love is so impossible, because they are driven by rage to commit acts of revenge, or because they feel the burden of being a woman whose role it is to bear the world. They are also connected by apron strings, by bird feathers, by prayer, by love and its antidote, the loaded gun we point at our own weaknesses as well as our social preconceptions about feminism and womanhood. This collection, guised as myriad voices through time, serves as megaphone for the ages. This book has “arrived armed with love / & a loaded gun.” Our winning poet takes aim with the weapon of her words, “a bullet they won’t ever see coming,” and shoots a hole straight through the ceiling of glass.


Just Do You

Just Do You_front_coverI am so thrilled to launch my first book project and join the Minerva Rising family of authors. It was such a relief to have such expert advice and guidance throughout the process. Kim's coaching and editing really helped me to turn this project from essentially a "series of blogs" to a polished product that tells my story authentically and encourages others. I am so happy with the results! Her team at Minerva Rising has been amazing. I get so many compliments on the cover alone. It was a relief to have a team that was skilled in design, layout, and very thorough copy editing. As a newbie to the field, this was a dream. Thank you Kim, Alison and Stephanie - I so appreciate you all! Let's do it again! (smiles)

— Inspirational life-coach and published author Trina Ramsey, Just Do You, (Minerva Rising Press, 2017)


2016 Chapbook Winner: Sleepwalker



By Kami Westhoff

Sleepwalker makes it very difficult for you to hide. From the first poem, there is a discomfort that slowly unfolds into a horror so real that it’s hard to keep faith in the goodness of humanity.

---  2015 Contest Judge, Erin Elizabeth Smith


2016 Novella Winner: Pilgrim


By Julie Stielstra

Pilgrim is unique and revelatory. The characters are slowly, perfectly revealed. They are human, authentic, real enough to step from the page. It is a perfect work, and I am in awe of its writer.

-- 2016 Contest Judge, Erika Robuck


2015 Chapbook Winner: The Revolution Will Have Its Sky

The Revolution Will Have Its SkyBy Maria Garcia Teutsch
This poetry isn't out to convert, but to advert. It doesn’t pledge allegiance or invest in transcendent causes, but rather observes signs of war, wars of sex, hexes of communication. It won’t hallow a transparency; it won’t turn away from an execution. This work’s occasions are implicated in its materials: with trompes l’oeil, jacks and johns, sleights of hand, this poetry registers some serious claims and obligations. Seeing illusions attached to engagements, uses to ubiquities, profanities to idealism, privates to a general, The Revolution Will Have Its Sky reminds us enlistees (whether in grays or blues, whether in wishes or words, whether in war or love) how down-and-dirty signing up can be. --Contest judge Heather McHugh


2015 Chapbook Runner-up: Who Was I to Say I Was Alive

Who Was I to Say I Was AliveBy Kelly Nelson
The pretexts of Kelly Nelson’s poems—a young girl learning to shoot, seeing a colleague holding hands with a woman not his wife, reading a prison inmate’s poems—are in themselves charismatic. But what really distinguishes Who Was I to Say I Was Alive are the ways that casual tonalities, economical images, sudden small movements, surprising disclosures or refusals to disclose, all act to put pressure on the poems’ anecdotal surfaces. And then the same elements act as relief valves. In poem after poem you feel you’ve been through something. Put another way, these poems are little bombs going off. Or surprise packages left at the door. --Daisy Fried, author of Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice


2014 Prose Winner: Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture [SOLD OUT]

Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture Judith Arcana
By Judith Arcana
Winner of Minerva Rising’s inaugural prose chapbook contest, “Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture,” was selected by Rosemary Daniel.

The story is a powerful story of one woman’s work with Jane, Chicago’s pre-Roe underground abortion service. Click here to read more.

2014 Poetry Winner: Two White Beds

Purchase Two White Beds Poetry ChapbookBy Laura Cherry

Winner of Minerva Rising’s inaugural chapbook contest, “Two White Beds” is a collection of poetry that dares. It tells the story of two young Victorian women, Sam and Millie, who fall in love and must then decide how their stories will unfold. Click here to read more.