The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds.
The postmark deadline for entry forms is Monday, October 1, 2012. Ten Finalists will be announced on January 21, 2013. A Finalists' Reading & Awards Ceremony will be held in the spring of 2013 in Chicago (location TBA). The Grand Prize winners' books will be published by Willow Books in Spring 2013, along with an ebook anthology of selections by Finalists.
A. Prose and Poetry categories will have panels of three judges each, chosen by the Aquarius Press/Willow Books editorial staff,
for a total of six judges.
B. Aquarius Press/Willow Books will announce a Finalist short-list of 10 writers on January 21, 2013.
C. One Grand Prize Winner in Prose will receive $2,000 and a standard book publishing contract. One Grand Prize Winner in Poetry will receive $1,000 and a standard book publishing contract.
D. The remaining eight short-listed Finalists will have selections from their entries published in an ebook anthology.
Aquarius Press/Willow Books will be reading unsolicited manuscripts during the summer of 2012. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books, and is open to writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/nonfiction should be no longer than 180 pages. Scholarly titles covering literature, arts and the humanities (up to 250 pages) are also accepted, but they should be in proper format (MLA, Chicago, etc.).
This reading period is neither a contest nor is it exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers who have not previously been published by our press. Genre/subject is open, but no "street lit" or erotica, please.
Aquarius Press is accepting submissions until August 1 for the 2012 annual issue of Reverie. There will be no particular theme for this issue, but a special section will be dedicated to the works of Aquarius Press Legacy Award winners Samiya Bashir and Parneshia Jones.
Reverie is a literary journal devoted to featuring the best in literature by African Americans with "ties" to the American Midwest. Reverie appears in digital and print editions. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, critical essays and book reviews.
Contributors selected for inclusion will receive one contributor's copy and a feature on our website. Simultaneous submissions accepted with credits. If selected, contributors will be asked for a brief bio. For full guidelines, click below: