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PLATFORM REVIEW CHAPBOOK SERIES

ARTS By The People and series editors Erin Jones and David Crews have selected manuscripts—one in prose, one in poetry—to be made each into one hundred, numbered and signed, books by artist, LK James.

Series editor, Erin Jones, has selected Making The Tongue Dry by Jen Soriano (of Seattle, WA) for the 2019 Platform Chapbook series in Prose. Jones says about Soriano’s collection: “Making The Tongue Dry is a collection of beautiful and haunting lyric essays that deal with pain, misdiagnosis, and destruction. Soriano urges the reader to sit up and take notice of harmful systems, while immersing us in captivating language and unforgettable images.”

Jen Soriano (she:they) is a Filipinx-American essayist and performer based in Seattle. Making The Tongue Dry is a collection of lyric essays she developed while earning her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop under the mentorship of Julie Marie Wade and Barrie Jean Borich. Two essays in the chapbook won the 2019 Penelope Niven Prize and the 2019 Fugue Prose Prize. Jen is honored to be a 2019 Jack Jones Yi Dae Up Fellow and a Hugo House Fellow, where they will finish a memoir about colonization, historical trauma and the neuroscience of healing. 

This year’s prose shortlist includes the following artists:

M. Shaw (Arvado, Co) - Millennial Gothic

Denise Tolan (San Antonio, TX) - Italian Blood

Wendell Mayo (Haskins, OH) – The Cold War: Stories

Series editor, David Crews, has selected Boyhood, Louisiana by Bruce Lowry (of Summit, NJ) for the 2019 Platform Chapbook Series in Poetry. Crews says this about Lowry’s collection, “Boyhood, Louisiana is tender and honest, full of departures and returns. In the end Lowry leaves us with simple epiphanies, with fleeting music, and a longing that comes in the lyric poem’s intangibility.”

Bruce Lowry is a Louisiana native, award-winning journalist and poet and adjunct English professor. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University, as well as an MA in History from Jacksonville State (Ala.) University. His poems and short stories have been published in several journals, including Poet Lore, Valley Voices, The Stillwater Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, Brilliant Corners, Paterson Literary Review, and have been three times nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Union County, New Jersey.

This year's poetry shortlist includes the following artists:

Adam Edelman (Chicago, IL) – It's Becoming A Lot More Difficult To Feel Unchanged

Gail Langstroth (Pittsburgh, PA) – Days in Nakuusi

Jenny Wong (Alberta, CA) – Locational Memory of the Liminal

 Thank you to all those who submitted work, and stay tuned for our Chapbook Book Launch, and next year’s reading period in March, 2020.

Submission period: March 1 – 31, 2020

Platform Review Chapbook Series accepts submissions and payment of reading fee ($15) exclusively through our online submission manager Submittable. One manuscript in each genre (one poetry and one prose) will be selected for publication. The selected manuscripts will be determined in the summer and awarded with the fall publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook—printed and bound by artists specifically chosen by ARTS By the People. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, fifteen of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be sold by ARTS By the People. After all books are sold the author will have the right to offer the manuscript as an eBook through our site.

POETRY GUIDELINES

David Crews, Poetry Series Editor
All entries are reviewed by our series readers. Manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), table of contents, and when appropriate, an Acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 16-24 pages in length—not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Please include only one poem per page. You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself or the project in your cover note on Submittable.

What we are looking for. While we are looking for a wide range of subject matter and voice, we are specifically looking to publish a collection of (shorter) lyric poems thematically linked that pays close attention to sound and sensibility—the elemental.

Regarding previously published work. Chapbooks containing individual poems that have been previously published online or in print are eligible—please simply note previously published work on an Acknowledgments page. If your chapbook has been previously published as a collection (including publication with a press, self-publication, online/digital publication, and publication in a small, limited-edition print run) the manuscript is not eligible for the Platform Chapbook Series.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged. Please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions (the submission of more than one manuscript per reading period) are permitted. We cannot accept translations or collaborative collections at this time.

Manuscripts should include no identifying information.

We look forward to reading your work!

PROSE GUIDELINES

Erin Jones, Prose Series Editor
All entries are reviewed by our series readers. Manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work) [as submissions are read blind, please leave your name off of the title page], and, when appropriate, a table of contents and/or an Acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be between 15,000 and 25,000 words—not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself or the project in your cover note on Submittable.

What we are looking for. For this chapbook of prose, we are looking for either nonfiction, fiction, or a hybrid of the two. The submission can be a novella or a collection of short stories or essays. We’re looking for fiction and nonfiction that pushes boundaries, has a clear and gripping voice, and tells a compelling story--and we are open to genre or speculative fiction that focuses on story. Simply put, we want something that we can’t put down.

Regarding previously published work. If your chapbook has been previously published as a collection (including publication with a press, self-publication, online/digital publication, and publication in a small, limited-edition print run) the manuscript is not eligible for the Platform Chapbook Series. However, chapbooks containing individual stories that have been previously published online or in print are eligible—please simply note previously published work on an Acknowledgments page.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged. Please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions (the submission of more than one manuscript per reading period) are permitted. We cannot accept translations or collaborative collections at this time.

Manuscripts should include no identifying information.