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Keystone finalists

We truly appreciate everyone’s patience and good wishes as we relocated–and rebooted–the press. Listed below, in alphabetical order by title, are the ten finalists for the 2012 Keystone Chapbook Prize. We expect a final decision from guest judge Brent Goodman within the next few weeks. Meanwhile, congratulations to the finalists and our deepest thanks to everyone who submitted work or ordered copies of our Keystone titles. The Keystone Series will resume in 2014; meanwhile, the winning titles from 2011–Dave Bonta’s Breakdown: Banjo Poems and William Woolfitt’s The Salvager’s Arts–are due to be released by summer’s end.

The 2012 finalists:

  • Apocalypse at the County Fair
  • Barking at the Storm
  • Cartographies of Sleep
  • Field Trip to the Underworld
  • From the Colonies
  • Passenger
  • Plans Our Hands Made Without Us
  • Recently Young in a People Gone Old
  • The Tooth Maker’s Daughter
  • Wooden Boys
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Keystone Chapbook co-winners selected

Please join us in congratulating the co-winners of the 2011 Keystone Chapbook Prize: Dave Bonta and William Woolfitt. This year’s guest judge, Sascha Feinstein, selected Bonta’s Breakdown: Banjo Poems as the winning manuscript among poets with previous book or chapbook publication. Of the manuscripts by new writers (no previous book or chapbook publication), Feinstein selected Woolfitt’s The Salvager’s Arts.

Breakdown: Banjo Poems will be published in May of 2012 as #9 in the Keystone Chapbook Series. The Salvager’s Arts will be published in June as #10 in the series. Each writer will receive fifty copies of his chapbook.

Our thanks to everyone who supported the series again this year, and special thanks to Sascha for judging. The reading period for next year’s Keystone Chapbook Prize will be July 1 through August 15.

2012 titles

Following up on our teaser, we’re delighted to announce the lineup for next year’s Summer Kitchen Series: another set of five chapbooks published in limited edition print runs of 49 copies apiece. They are:

  • How to Measure the Darkness by Christina Pacosz – publishing June 21, 2012
  • Talking About the Weather by Liz Ahl – publishing July 1, 2012
  • Blood Work by Casey Charles – publishing July 11, 2012
  • Oh, James by Jill McDonough – publishing July 21, 2012
  • The Queer Texas Prayerbook by Crystal Boson – publishing August 1, 2012

We’re also happy to announce that we’ll publish JeFF Stumpo’s El Oceano y la Serpiente/The Ocean and the Serpent as Number 7 in our ReBound Series on May 1, 2012.

In October, we’ll publish Ed Madden’s My Father’s House as Number 6 in Volume Two of our Editor’s Series. And in March of 2013, we’ll publish David Eye’s Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past as Number 7 in the series. These titles were the runners-up for this year’s Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, and we’re so very happy that the poets were agreeable to publishing their work with us!

Finally, look for news about this year’s Keystone winners in December. And that will pretty much set the calendar for 2012! Thanks to you all for your continuing support.

Update: Becker Prize status, new 2012 Editor’s Series titles

Hi, folks. Just a quick update today to let you know that the manuscripts have been narrowed down to twelve finalists for the Robin Becker Prize; we expect to name the co-winners sometime in October. (Yes, we’re running late this year, but things have been hopping around here.) All the finalists have been contacted as of Sept 20 and we’re just about to update the online manuscript log to reflect that status. Thanks again to everyone who supported this series for another year. Once the co-winners are selected, we’ll be e-mailing you to find out which title you’d like to receive.

Our thanks to everyone who ordered copies of Catherine Staples’ Never a Note Forfeit: the response was so overwhelming that we are still catching up with orders. Catherine’s chapbook went into a second printing on the day it was released, and a third printing the same month (July)! If you’ve not yet received your copy, please know that we’re working on it. And thanks so much for your patience and support.

We’re currently reading through the Keystone Chapbook entries and will post an update in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, we’re pretty much over the moon about two chapbooks we’ve just contracted to publish next fall in the Editor’s Series, both by poets in the Seven Kitchens family: The Vanishing of Camille Claudel by Erin M. Bertram, and Mistakes with Strangers by Jeff Oaks. Please join us in congratulating Erin and Jeff!

Over. The. Moon.

Keystone reading period closes tonight

How did August 15th creep up on us so quickly? Today’s the deadline to submit work in consideration for the Keystone Chapbook Prize, which will be judged this year by the fabulous Sascha Feinstein. If you’re sending by e-mail, you still have time (a little over four hours here in my time zone); if you haven’t posted your snailmail manuscript by midnight tonight, it’s officially too late.

Note that I said “officially”: folks, I’m a teddy bear. Send the manuscript tomorrow or even Wednesday with a creative note of apology and we’re perfectly happy to accept it. So please don’t panic on our account.

Oh–the guidelines are here.

Keystone Chapbook Prize opens tomorrow

Get those manuscripts ready: the reading period for this year’s Keystone Chapbook Prize opens tomorrow, July 1. Writers eligible for the Keystone Chapbook Prize include those who live in or have lived in Pennsylvania, those who were born here, and those who are writing with some Pennsylvania connection in their work. See full guidelines here, and good luck!

Catherine Staples chapbook forthcoming: preorder now!

Never a Note Forfeit. Number 8 in the Keystone Chapbook Series and co-winner of the 2010 Keystone Chapbook Prize, selected by guest judge Betsy Sholl, this chapbook is scheduled for publication on July 1. Pre-orders are welcome–please click here.