UPDATED on April 25, 2014

See below for ways to submit your work to Kore Press.


Four ways to submit to Kore Press


1. Open Submissions Period

Kore Press accepts submissions for full-length books during our annual open submission period each winter. The open submissions period is not a contest; manuscripts are not reviewed anonymously. Please understand we are under no obligation to publish any manuscripts we receive during our open submissions period. We expect to publish six to nine titles a year, including our poetry and short fiction contest winner.

Deadline: Midnight MST April 24, 2014 NOW CLOSED.

Manuscripts must be uploaded to our on-line submissions manager between January 1st and April 24, 2014 (generally through the end of AWP each year).

What we are looking for

We seek book-length manuscripts in poetry, memoir, short fiction, long fiction, hydrid work and creative nonfiction, written by women,* that reflect the highest standards of literary quality. We are especially interested in work that is genre-bending, innovative, and experimental.

Reading Fee

Kore Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To offset the cost of substantial editorial time required to review and respond individually to manuscripts, there is a non-refundable reading fee of $40, payable to Kore Press. No editor receives extra compensation for reading manuscripts. You are welcome to submit as many manuscripts as you like, as long as you send a separate reading fee for each. Due to the enormous amount of work that goes into the review process, we have had to increase our reading fee by $5 this year.

Editorial Review

Each submission is individually read and responded to by an editor. Our editorial panel of experts responds personally with letters offering short critiques. Simultaneous submissions are welcome; please let us know in the comments section, however, if your work is submitted elsewhere. If you sent an entry to the poetry or fiction competitions, it is fine to submit the same manuscript during the open submissions period; the review system and the reviewers are different for each process.

What to Submit

For poetry, submit a manuscript via our online submissions system. Poetry submissions should be a minimum of 48 pages and a maximum of 98 pages. For a novel or collection of short stories, submit an excerpt: 2 or 3 stories or chapters, but no more than 50 pages. For a memoir or a work of creative nonfiction, send a one- or two-page synopsis plus the first 50 pages. If we're interested in reading more of your prose, we will ask you to send the rest. Please submit these via our online submissions system. Be sure to include if the work is "prose" or "poetry" in the comments section.

What to include on your manuscript's title page:
• name
• address
• telephone number
• email address
• title of manuscript

• genre

Manuscripts must be:
submitted online

• accompanied by the appropriate reading fee (Canadian residents add $3 for bank processing fee if submitting in Canadian dollars)

• doublespaced (prose only)
• paginated

• original poetry or prose written by the applicant (unless the work is a translation)

• unpublished at the time of submission (if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere during our deliberation process, please notify us immediately)

• accompanied by a page listing previously published stories or poems, if any.

2. First Book Award for Poetry

The First Book Award is for a poetry manuscript in English by a woman who has not yet published a full-length book. 2014 contest judge is Joy Harjo, who selected Monica Ong's Silent Anatomies as the winner.

3. Short Fiction Award

2013 judge Kate Bernheimer selected Myha T. Do as the winner! Karen Brennan selected "A Parallel Life" by Mary Byrne (Irish writer living in Normandy, FR). for the previous Short Fiction Award. Contest will reopen next year. Click here to submit, and click here to review the full contest guidelines.


4. Op Ed, Article or Essay for Online Pub

Write a blog entry for Persephone Speaks or the newsletter and email it to Lisa with the subject line "Blog" or "Newsletter." Please read the blog and online newsletter before submitting.

Blog entries on life as a woman writer are especially appreciated, however all topics having to do with women, genders in the literary world, the intersections of race, sexual idenitity, gender feminisms, literature, arts, activism, politics and culture will be considered.

Articles should be between 500 to 1,000 words. Authors will not receive payment. Chosen pieces will be posted on the blog, on the Kore Press website and in our monthly email newsletter, which is sent to over 6,800 readers.



Submit online here* and if you require further information, please e-mail us.

*Note on our Submissions Manager:

Click here for our online submission system and please be sure to attach only .doc, .rtf, or .pdf files. We do not accept .docx files and will not consider any that are submitted. We generally only consider text that is submitted, but if you include images as an integral part of your work, please contact us directly to discuss. Please keep file sizes small. If you have any questions, please email us. Do not leave questions in the comments section of the Submission Manager as they will not be answered right away. Thank you!

























2014 Winner
Silent Anatomies

Monica Ong
Judge: Joy Harjo

2013 Winner
River Legs

Jen McClanaghan
Judge: Nikkey Finny

(2012 on hiatus)

2011 Winner
Double Agent

Michelle Chan Brown
Judge: Bhanu Kapil

2010 Winner
Love and the Eye

Laura Newbern
Judge: Claudia Rankine

2009 Winner
Something in the

Potato Room

Heather Cousins
Judge: Patricia Smith

2008 Winner
Souvenirs of a

Shrunken World

Holly Iglesias
Judge: Harryette Mullen

2007 Winner
Benjamin's Spectacles

Spring Ulmer
Judge: Sonia Sanchez

2006 Winner
Loveliest Grotesque

Sandra Lim
Judge: Marilyn Chin

2005 Winner
The Errant Thread
Elline Lipkin
Judge: Eavan Boland

2004 Winner

Various Modes of Departure
Deborah Fries
Judge: Carolyn Forché

2003 Winner

Rigging the Wind
Jennifer Barber
Judge: Jane Miller