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The 2022 Ultraslant Prize

We are excited to announce the inaugural Ultraslant Prize. Each year or so, the Ultraslant Prize will be awarded to one work of visual poetry. This year, the winning piece will be risograph printed on 11x17-inch paper in an edition of 100, which will be sold on Ghost Proposal’s website. The winning poet will receive 15 copies of the pamphlet and $250.

The contest will be judged by the Ghost Proposal editors. We will accept submissions on our Submittable page between April 1 and May 15, 2022. We will announce a winner and finalists by midsummer.

Guidelines:

  • Please submit as a PDF document of no more than six pages.

  • Your PDF may include up to two separate contest entries. If you are including multiple entries, please make this clear to us either in the document or in a cover letter.

  • Entries must be previously unpublished.

  • You are welcome to submit as many entries as you like, but you will need to submit a separate Submittable form and pay a separate sliding-scale fee per packet of two entries.

  • We will gladly accept works in color—in fact, we strongly encourage them! However, please keep in mind that while one can create almost endless color combinations with risograph printing, the colors may come out somewhat differently in print.

  • Though you may present your work in any way you’d like when you submit it, your poem should ultimately be printable on a single-sided 11-by-17 sheet of paper.

  • You may include a cover letter along with your submission, but this is in no way required.

Reading fee: As a small journal and press, reading fees fund things like web hosting and printing. We will charge a sliding scale reading fee for this contest of $0–$15.  Please choose whatever fee makes sense for you.


FAQs

What is visual poetry? Great question! We would like to find out, too. Send us your best guess.

Okay, but what kind of work should I submit? We are open to a wide range of poems that incorporate visual elements. People may call works like these visual poems, concrete poems, poetry comics, and lots of other terms we are forgetting right now.

How will the layout and printing process work? The Ghost Proposal editors will work with the winner to lay out the pamphlet. The pamphlet will be risograph printed in four colors at Risolve. As such, all manuscripts must be printable on one side of an 11x17 sheet of paper. The paper may be folded into a pamphlet or booklet or the work can be printed as one large image. If you opt for the latter, please understand that we may need to fold the work to some extent to mail it out.

Due to the ephemeral nature of risograph printing, we cannot do a test print prior to the print run. This means we can’t guarantee that the work will look exactly as it does on a computer galley. If you feel very strongly about preserving the exact details of your work (and we totally get it if you do!) this may not be the right contest for you.

Is there anything I shouldn’t submit? As opposed to a broadside competition, the Ultraslant Prize focuses on poetry that already has visual concerns. This is not a contest for poetry with separate illustrations alongside it. We would also discourage you from submitting video, audio, dimensional, or computational works, or other forms not easily translated into print. Finally, if your poem could also be submitted with relative ease and minimal adjustments to a contest whose guidelines read something like: “Please submit your poems in 12-point Garamond font, single-spaced in a Word document,” it is probably not a good fit for this contest. 



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Ghost Proposal Chapbook Contest

We seek cohesive manuscripts. We are especially interested in work that challenges genre/formal conventions. Visual poems, digital works and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

Reading period: May 1–June 30, 2022. 

Submissions close at 12am EST. Contest will be judged by the editors. We will accept submissions on our Submittable page. Winner and finalists will be announced by September 1. We reserve the right to extend the deadline if a manuscript is not selected from the original reading period.

Reading fee: This contest has a sliding scale reading fee of $0–$20. As a small journal and press, our reading fees fund things like printing and web hosting. Your choice of fee has no bearing on our decision-making process. Please choose whatever fee makes sense for you.

Winner receives: 15 copies of the manuscript and $250.

Contest Details:

  • Manuscripts should be chapbook-length. Aim for something between 16 and 44 pages. If your work falls slightly outside of this range, it’s all right—please use your best judgment.

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please inform us immediately and withdraw your submission if the work is accepted elsewhere.

  • No edits to the manuscript are allowed during the reading period. The winning manuscript(s) may be edited in conversation with the editorial staff during the publication process.

  • Collaborative manuscripts are allowed. In the event that a collaborative manuscript is selected for publication, each author will receive 10 copies.

  • Multiple submissions are fine if submitted separately with a reading fee for each.

  • Images and visual poems are permitted and welcomed.

  • You may include an acknowledgements page that lists previous publications, but this is not required.

  • Manuscript excerpts may have been previously published. However, the chapbook manuscript as a whole should be previously unpublished.

  • This contest will not be judged anonymously.

  • We will notify all entrants of our decision before we publicly announce the winner and finalists.

We may choose to publish additional manuscripts as "Editor's Choice" selections. In the event of Editor's Choice selections, we will still announce a short list of Finalists.


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Journal

Current reading period for general submissions is on hiatus––check back for updates later in 2022.

What we publish:

We are interested in work that does not sit comfortably inside genre labels—work that bends or pushes against traditional limitations; that mixes, blends, and steps out of bounds.

We are open to a wide range of work, including but not limited to poetry of all forms, especially poetry that incorporates visual, sonic, digital, or multimedia elements; essays; computational works; experimental nonfiction; and hybrid/cross-genre/post-genre writing.

We also accept translations that align with this aesthetic. We do not require that the original text be published alongside your translations (though we do welcome it) but you must provide proof that you have permission to translate the work.

We are not the home for traditional narrative fiction or nonfiction / memoir—there are many other homes for these forms.

We do not label by genre in our issues. We want to engage with the work outside of genre boundaries. We want to talk about what the work is doing, not how it is categorized.

How to submit:

We only accept work through Submittable. Click here for our Submittable page. Note that we are not open for journal submissions at present.