Monday, January 25, 2016

Interview by Nicole Rollender on Carpe Noctem

Just a little note to point you to an interview of me by Nicole Rollender at Carpe Noctem, regarding My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology. Here's a little quote:

Let’s start with the anthology's title and your cover image. How did you choose each? And, if I asked you to describe or sum up My Cruel Invention, what three words immediately come to mind?
Regarding the book’s title – once I came up with the idea of inventions/inventors as a subject, the title just popped into my head. Cruel Inventions is the title of an album by Sam Phillips, and just the thought of My Cruel Invention seemed so appropriate to me. And I couldn’t find any other poetry anthologies that focused on inventions.
read more here...


If you haven't purchased a copy of the anthology yet, here's a link to order through Meerkat Press, the publisher.

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the anthology...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2015 in Travel Writing

I like to keep my travel writing clips up-to-date by publishing at least a couple of articles each year. In 2015, my work appeared in two great travel magazines:

AFAR Magazine -- My "Al Fresco Berlin" appeared as the "One Great Block" feature in the June/July issue.

Paste Magazine -- "3 Two-Wheeled Ways to See Berlin" went live on December 4, 2015. You can read it here.

I've got a couple of non-travel themed pieces slated for publishing in 2016 so far, but more news on that later.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Science Poetry Competition -- Deadline 29 February 2016

There are so many poetry contests out there, and I don't have the ability to let folks know about all of the wonderful opportunities. However, every so often, I hear about one that I just have to mention.

Event Horizon announced its Science Poetry Competition, which will award $500 to a poem inspired by and/or incorporating scientific thinking, concepts, or principles. There is no entry fee for the contest. Poems must be submitted by 29 February 2016.

The contest will be judged by Alan Shapiro, who happens to be the author of one of my most-favorite-ever poems, Space Dog. This poem makes me cry every single time I read it.

If you need some inspiration for writing a science-based poem for this contest, you can always buy a copy of My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology, which features poems about or inspired by inventors and inventions. As editor of the anthology, I had a wonderful time reading through and selecting these poems. I am a science geek at heart.



http://meerkatpress.com/books/my-cruel-invention-a-contemporary-poetry-anthology/

Monday, December 07, 2015

Contests for Already Published (Poetry) Books - Updated

Because this list still gets a lot of page views, I'm updating it with new links and new awards. If anyone knows of additional contests for already published books (or galleys), please post a comment and I will add to the list.

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Recent updates: Added Kansas Book Award; removed Grub Street National Book Prize because it has ceased awards; updated link and guidelines for Balcones Poetry Prize.

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BOOK AWARDS FOR POETRY BOOKS

Note: advice of most of these contests is to submit book as soon as possible during submission period.

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards – poetry category
sponsor: Foreword Magazine
cost to enter: $79 (before Sept.1), plus 2 copies of book
prize: publicity of being first, second or third place in category. Money only awarded to one best “fiction” and one best “non-fiction”
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: self-published are eligible
deadline: January 15
https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/

The Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books (includes poetry)
sponsor: The Eric Hoffer Project
cost to enter:  $55.00
grand prize for independent books: $2,000; other awards & distinctions given as well, including the da Vinci eye award
submission/entry by: publisher, author or others
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: January 21
http://www.hofferaward.com/

The Balcones Poetry Prize
sponsor: Austin Community College
cost to enter: 3 copies of book plus $25 nomination fee
prize: $1,500
submission/entry by: publisher, author or others
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: January 31
http://www.austincc.edu/crw/html/balconescenter.html

Levis Reading Prize (1st or 2nd book of poetry)
sponsor: Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of English
cost to enter: 3 copies of the book
prize: $5000 & expenses paid to give reading at VCU in Richmond
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published, no vanity presses
deadline: February 1
http://english.vcu.edu/mfa/levis/

Paterson Poetry Prize
sponsor: The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
cost to enter: 2 copies of book
prize: $1,000
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: minimum press run of 500 copies
deadline: February 1
http://www.pccc.edu/home/cultural-affairs/poetry-center/prizes

Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry
sponsor: Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale & GRASSROOTS
cost to enter: $20.00 plus one copy of book
prize: $1,000 & reading at Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no vanity press or self-published books
deadline: February 1
http://grassroots.siu.edu/dkawards.html

Library of Virginia Literary Awards (VA writer)
sponsor: Library of Virginia
cost to enter: 4 copies of the book
prize: cash prize and engraved crystal book
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: February 12
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/index.htm

Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award (book in previous calendar year)
sponsor: Binghamton University
cost to enter: 2 copies, plus entry form
prize: $1,000
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: minimum press run of 500 copies
deadline: March 1
http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/kessler-guidelines.html

Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
sponsor: Jenkins Group Publishing Services
cost to enter: $75/title/category (early entry), plus a copy of the book
prize: Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in each of 72 categories
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: March 15
http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/ipawards.php

Debut-litzer Prizes (for a first work of fiction or poetry)
sponsor: Late-Night Library
cost to enter: 2 copies of book plus $25 application fee
prize: $1000 plus featured appearance on Late Night Conversation; winning books will be discussed on Late Night Debut.
submission/entry by: author, agent, publicist, or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: published in North America in English
deadline: April 30

Brockman-Campbell Book Award (poetry book by NC-born or NC-resident poet)
sponsor: North Carolina Poetry Society
cost to enter: 1 copy of book, bio, $20 for non-members, $10 for members
prize: $200 plus invitation to read at fall meeting of NCPS
submission/entry by: author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: May 1
http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/bcaward/

James Laughlin Award (2nd book)
sponsor: Academy of American Poets
cost to enter: 4 copies of the manuscript
prize: $5,000 & one-week residency at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: published by a press with at least 4 previous books of poetry
deadline: May 15
http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/james-laughlin-award

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
sponsor: American Academy of Poets
cost to enter: $75, plus four copies of the book
prize: $25,000
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: minimum press run of 500; self-published not eligible
deadline: January 1-May 15
http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/lenore-marshall-poetry-prize

Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award (not only poetry books) (must reside in greater Kansas City area – Jackson, Cass, Clay, Lafayette and Platte counties in Missouri; or Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas)
sponsors: American Association of University Women-Kansas City Branch and the Kansas City Public Library
cost to enter: 2 copies of book
prize: $500 check, certificate of recognition, and listing on the library’s website
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: No text books, guide books, or how-to manuals. Previous winners not eligible.
deadline: June 1

Pulitzer Prize
sponsor: Pulitzer
cost to enter: $50.00, plus four copies of the book
prize: $10,000
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadlines: June 15 (for books pub’d 1/1-6/15); Oct 1 (for books pub’d 6/15-12/31)
http://www.pulitzer.org

Housatonic Book Awards (for five categories, including poetry)
sponsor: Western Connecticut State University MFA program, in conjunction with the MFA Alumni Writers’ Cooperative
cost to enter: $25 plus a copy of the book and a completed entry form
prize: $1,000 for appearance at MFA residency in January, plus $500 travel stipend and hotel stay
submission/entry by: publisher, author, agent, or legal representative of author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: June 15

Towson University Prize for Literature (for book by Maryland authors)
sponsor: Towson University
cost to enter: 3 copies of the book
prize: $1,000
submission/entry by: author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published books
deadline: June 15
http://www.towson.edu/english/7.1%20Towson%20Prize%20for%20Literature/index.asp

National Book Award
sponsor: National Book Foundation
cost to enter: $135
prize: $10,000 top prize for poetry book; $1000 to each finalist
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: self-published is okay only if the "author/publisher also publishes titles by other authors"
deadline: July 1
http://www.nationalbook.org

Kate Tufts Discovery Award (for a 1st book)
sponsor: Claremont Graduate University
cost to enter: 8 copies of the book
prize: $10,000
submission/entry by: author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: July 1
http://www.cgu.edu/tufts/

Kingsley Tufts Award
sponsor: Claremont Graduate University
cost to enter: 8 copies of the book
prize: $100,000 and 1-week residency at Claremont
submission/entry by: author, publisher, or agent/rep
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: July 1
http://www.cgu.edu/tufts/

Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award (1st books)
sponsor: Great Lakes Colleges Association
cost to enter: four copies of the book
prize: All expenses paid trips to several of the GLCA colleges, each of which pays an honorarium of $500
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published
deadline: July 25
http://glca.org/programs/new-writers-award

PEN New England Awards (poetry is one of several categories for New England-based writers)
sponsor: PEN New England
cost to enter: n/a
prize: n/a
submission/entry by: publisher, author, agent, or publicist
POD or self-publishing restrictions: n/a
deadline: Guidelines will be posted in August/September 2015

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize (for book of poems by an Upstate New York poet)
sponsor: Utica College
cost to enter: entry form, CV, plus two copies of the book
prize: $2000, reading at Utica College, meeting with students in master class
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published or vanity press
deadline: August 31

Drake University Emerging Writer Award (1st books, 2013 is novels; check future for poetry)
sponsor: Drake University Writers & Critics Series
cost to enter: one copy of the book, cover letter
prize: $1000 plus travel and lodging for a reading at the University
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no vanity presses or self-published books
deadline: September 15
http://www.drake.edu/english/susanglaspellwriterscriticsseries/
Send to: Drake University Emerging Writer Award,  c/o Nancy Reincke, Writers and Critics Series,  English Department, Howard Hall,  Drake University,  2507 University Ave,  Des Moines, IA 50311
email: nancy.reincke@drake.edu

Phillip H. McMath Post Publication Book Award (various genres, incl. poetry)
sponsor: University of Central Arkansas Foundation
cost to enter: $25, plus one copy of the book
prize: $500 honorarium, plus travel expenses to the UCA Arkatext Literary Festival (must agree to read there as a winner)
submission/entry by: author, publisher, or agent/rep
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published
deadline: October 15
https://arkansaswriters.wordpress.com/philip-k-mcmath-post-publication-book-award-genre-unlimited/

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (books by writers of African descent, various genres incl. poetry)
sponsor: Hurston/Wright Foundation
cost to enter: $30, plus four copies of the book
prize: announcement at the annual Gala fundraiser
submission/entry by: publisher (self-published authors may nominate themselves)
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: November 17

UNT Rilke Prize (for a mid-career poet with at least two previous books of poetry)
sponsor: University of North Texas
cost to enter: two copies of book and completed entry form
prize: $10,000 plus travel expenses for trip to Texas to give readings at UNT and at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published books
deadline: November 30
 
Lambda Literary Awards (LBGT content relevance, not based on orientation of writer)
sponsor: Lambda Literary
cost to enter: $45 plus a copy of the book
prize: award and ceremony
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 1
http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/

National Book Critics Circle Award
sponsor: National Book Critics Circle
cost to enter: 1 copy of book to a board member, if they're interested, they will request one for each board member
prize: fabulous publicity, awards ceremony in NYC
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published
deadline: December 1
http://www.bookcritics.org/awards/

Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing (last given in 2012)
sponsor: Morehead State University
cost to enter: four copies of a book
prize: $1000, plus invitation to speak at award ceremony
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 1
http://www.moreheadstate.edu/content_template.aspx?id=4944

Pushcart Prize (for individual poems from published poetry collections)
sponsor: Pushcart Prize
cost to enter: none (up to six entries from a single publisher)
prize: publication in annual Pushcart Prize anthology
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 1
http://www.pushcartprize.com

Minnesota Book Awards (various genres, including poetry books by MN writers)
sponsor: The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
cost to enter: $45, plus 5 copies of the book
prize: invitation to awards gala, unclear if there is a monetary award
submission/entry by: author, publisher, or agent
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 4

Norma Farber First Book Award (for a first book)
sponsor: Poetry Society of America
cost to enter: $15 for non-members
prize: $500
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: "standard edition"; no self-published
deadline: December 22
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/individual/

William Carlos Williams Award
sponsor: Poetry Society of America
cost to enter: $15 for non-members
prize: purchase prize between $500-$1000
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: "standard edition"; no self-published
deadline: December 22
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/individual/

Kansas Book Award (2016 is "in Poetry"; 2017 is "in Fiction"; 2018 is "in Creative Nonfiction")(author must have Kansas connection)
sponsors: Center for Kansas Studies, Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Mabee Library, and the Friends of Mabee Library
cost to enter: two copies of the book
prize: $1000 and invitation to Mabee Library for reading and presentation ceremony
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 31
http://www.washburn.edu/mabee/ksbookaward/

American Book Awards
sponsor: Before Columbus Foundation
cost to enter: two copies of the book
prize: 10 to 18 awards
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 31
http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/

Griffin Poetry Prize
sponsor: Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
cost to enter: four copies of a book, plus press materials
prize: $65,000 (Canadian)
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published
deadline: December 31
http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com

Julie Suk Prize for Best Poetry Book
sponsor: Jacar Press
cost to enter: two copies of book, plus $10 reading fee
prize: $500, and invitation to North Carolina for a reading and workshop
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: independent, non-major presses only
deadline: December 31
http://www.jacarpress.com/submit/

PEN Center Book Awards (poetry is one of several categories, writers west of the Mississippi River)
sponsor: PEN Center USA
cost to enter: 4 copies of book, plus $35 fee, plus application form
prize: $1000, one-year membership in PEN Center USA, invitation to annual Literary Awards Festival
submission/entry by: authors, publishers, agents, or publicists
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no POD or self-published books
deadline: December 31


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

My Cruel Invention - Available for purchase!

After many months of work and preparation, I am thrilled to finally announce the availability of My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology, edited by me and published by Meerkat Press.

From it's inception, I've been looking forward to getting this anthology out into the world, featuring poems about or inspired by inventors and inventions both real and fictional. From my introduction:

"I was awed by the seemingly endless number of ways that poets approached the subject. Naturally, there are poems about real inventions -- from clocks to pantyhose to chemotherapy drugs -- as well as poems that conjure fantastical inventions -- such as a contraption for kissing and a happy marriage machine ... Whether invoking humor, irony, historic research, or imagination, the poems in this anthology converse not only with each other, but also with their readers and the world at large, in service to the continued human drive to create solutions -- even to problems we didn't know we had."

Order your copy now via the publisher.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Catching Up -- What I've been writing...

October was a great big blur!

I've been writing quite a lot of articles both on literary topics, as well as business subjects. In case you don't know, my Geyer Editorial Services blog features regular posts on a variety of marketing, editorial, and startup-related topics. Here's a quick look at my most recent articles and posts.

Literary Related:

"With All of Your Senses," WOW! Women on Writing blog, October 7, 2015  html

"Book Awards Open to Self-Published Books," Funds for Writers, September 18, 2015  html

"How Being a Poet Made Me a Better Copy Editor," WOW! Women on Writing Newsletter, August 2015  html


Business Related:

"Scheduling Social Media Posts to Increase Your Reach," October 5, 2015  html

"Introducing Quick Sheets," October 19, 2015  html


I've also been celebrating a couple of new copy editing clients. If you see me posting a lot more about startups and tech, it's because most of my new clients are tech startups and/or entrepreneurs. I've been immersed in tech and social media the past couple of months and it's been very exciting. 

That doesn't mean I am neglecting my creative side... more on that to come. Stay tuned.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Hausfrau Debuts at Z-Bar in Berlin

On September 14 in Berlin, Z-Bar hosted the launch of the German translation of Jill Alexander Essbaum's debut novel, Hausfrau. Though my German language skills are still rough, the evening featured a bi-lingual Q&A session that included Jill reading from the English version of her book. I'm very excited to test my German skills reading my copy, published by Eichborn Verlag, a German publisher with a fantastic catalog of fiction.

I first met Jill through a poetry reading series we were both featured in many, many years ago. It was great to catch up with her and share in the joy of the first leg of her European book tour. The day following the reading, she was off to Zurich, and then to Sweden. The book is being translated into around 20 languages so far.

Time Magazine described Hausfrau as "Anna Karenina goes Fifty Shades with a side of Madame Bovary."

From the book's page at Penguin Random House:

"Intimate, intense, and written with the precision of a Swiss Army knife, Jill Alexander Essbaum's debut novel is an unforgettable story of marriage, fidelity, sex, morality, and most especially self. Navigating the lines between lust and love, guilt and shame, excuses and reasons, Anna Benz is an electrifying heroine whose passions and choices readers will debate with recognition and fury. Her story reveals, with honesty and great beauty, how we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves and the sometimes disastrous choices we make to find ourselves."

Z-Bar is a fantastic space for cultural events in Berlin. The bar has a back room that is like a small theater, where they host film and literary events. The day following Jill's book launch, Z-Bar held a screening of "The Dead Next Door," Sam Raimi's zombie film from 1988.

Look for Hausfrau in a bookstore near you!