The submission period for our chapbook contest is closed.

We’re very excited!

Why: Minerva Rising is sponsoring its first ever chapbook contest.

The Theme: Daring to be the Woman I Am

The Scoop:  We will publish two chapbooks, one in prose and one in poetry.  We’re asking for submissions that speak creatively, powerfully, thoughtfully and maybe even uniquely to our theme “Daring to be the Woman I Am”.  For prose we will consider a collection of short stories or a long short story (up to 45 pages) and for poetry we are asking for a collection of poems (12 – 15 pages).

The Dates: Submissions will be accepted from October 1, 2013 through December 1, 2013.  Publication is planned for March 2014 to coincide with Women’s History Month.

The Fee: The fee for submission is $20

The Prize:   $250 each and 10 copies of the book.

The Judge: Rosemary Daniell

Photo credit: Jim Holmes

Photo credit: Jim Holmes

Rosemary Daniell’s most recent publication is “The One Who Breaks My Heart,” included in Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex, edited by Erica Jong and published by Ecco/Harper Collins, 2011. Her book, Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women’s Lives, was published by Henry Holt and Company in May, 2006. Its prequel, The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself: Writing and Living the Zona Rosa Way, was published by Faber & Faber, in 1997. Her revolutionary memoir, Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex and Suicide in the Deep South (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1980; Henry Holt & Company, 1989; Hill Street Press, 1999) won the 1999 Palimpsest Prize for a most-requested out-of-print book, and was re-issued that same year. Along with her second memoir, Sleeping with Soldiers (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1984; Hill Street Press, 2003), which was also published as part of the Book of the Month Club’s Library of Erotic Classics, it was a forerunner of the current memoir trend. She is the author of five other books of poetry and prose, including and her collection of essays, Confessions of a (Female) Chauvinist (Hill Street Press, 2001), a novel, The Hurricane Season (William Morrow & Company, 1992); two collections of poetry, A Sexual Tour of the Deep South (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1975; Push Button Publishing, 1994) and Fort Bragg & Other Points South (Henry Holt & Company, 1987). Among her awards are two N.E.A. Fellowships in creative writing, one in poetry, another in fiction. In addition her features and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and papers, including Harper’s Bazaar, New York Woman, Mademoiselle, The New York Times Book Review and Mother Jones; she has also been a guest on many national radio and television shows, such as Merve Griffin, Donahue, The Diane Rehm Show, Larry King Live and CNN’s “Portrait of America.” She is profiled in the book Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. In 2008, she received a Governor’s Award in the Humanities for her impact on the state of Georgia; early in her career, she instigated and led writing workshops in women’s prisons in Georgia and Wyoming, served as program director for Georgia’s Poetry in the Schools, and worked for a dozen years in Poetry in the Schools programs in Georgia, South Carolina, and Wyoming. Also known as one of the best writing coaches in the country, she is the founder and leader of Zona Rosa, a series of creative writing workshops in Savannah and Atlanta, and cities throughout the world, as described in People and Southern Living magazines, and attended by such outstanding writers as John Berendt, Bruce Feiler and Pat Conroy. To date, over 130 Zona Rosans and counting have become published authors. For further information, see Rosemary’s web page at

“Rosemary Daniell is one of the great writing teachers I’ve seen at work in the country.” – Pat Conroy

“Rosemary Daniell is enormously gifted. Her work is risky – in the best sense of the word. She is one of the women by whom our age will be known in times to come.” – Erica Jong

“(Daniell) has…proved just how earthy, inspiring, and even rapturous . . . the creative process can be.” – People

The Guidelines:

Format:  Each page of your submission must include the title of the work and a page number in the header and be double-spaced. Please include a table of contents and an acknowledgements page. Poetry submissions should have only one poem per page. Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, address, phone number or e-mail address, in your submitted work.

Multiple and Previously Published Submissions:  We will accept multiple submissions from a single author as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees.

For poetry submissions, individual poems can be published previously but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. For prose submissions only twenty percent of a multiple story collection may be previously published. Longer short stories must be previously unpublished. All previously published poems or short stories must indicate what publication and issue they appeared in.

Code of Ethics:  We have chosen to adopt the contest code of ethics developed by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. We agree to “1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.”

Eligible Participants:  Minerva Rising employees, the Contest’s judge and members of their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this contest.

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