The ReBound Series expands the mission of Seven Kitchens Press to bring new and/or underappreciated writers to a broader audience by reprinting out-of-print chapbooks in select new editions. Each title in the series features the option of an introductory foreword by a nominating writer (who will be given the opportunity to edit the introduction). As with all our titles, the authors (if available) will work closely with the editor in the production process; each chapbook will feature a full-color cover and will be printed in an initial set of 100 copies. All styles welcome. We are especially interested in reading poets from marginalized communities.
Here are the complete guidelines:
- The ReBound Series will select one to two out-of-print chapbooks each fall to publish in new editions the following spring.
- Each chapbook submitted for consideration should be accompanied by a two- to five-paragraph nomination, completed by a writer other than the author. This nomination may be sent separately, and may be edited to serve as the introductory foreword to the chapbook. [NOTE: the author may opt not to print an introduction, in which case a brief nominating letter will suffice, but we do prefer to reprint chapbooks in this series with an introductory foreword.]
- The 2023 reading period will extend from August 1 – August 31, with selected titles scheduled for publication in 2024.
- Each winning author will receive twenty-five (25) copies of their hand-trimmed, hand-tied chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies to reviewers, libraries, and organizations at the author’s recommendation.
- Nominated chapbooks may not exceed 25 pages in length (excluding front matter).
- Chapbooks published within larger bound works (i.e., as a section in a literary journal or as part of an omnibus volume) are eligible. Chapbooks published online are not eligible: we are looking to revive out-of-print work.
- Submit an original copy of the chapbook, along with a cover letter of nomination by a second writer. [NOTE: The nomination letter may be sent separately, but must be sent by the closing deadline of August 31.]
- Chapbooks may be submitted by either the author or nominator.
- Do not include SASE or SAS postcard for acknowledgment; work received will be publicly logged by title on the Seven Kitchens website.
- Manuscripts will not be returned. If you do not wish to send a rare copy of the chapbook, please send a clean, legible photocopy of all pages, including the front and back cover.
- Each manuscript must be accompanied by a signed statement from the author, nominator or literary executor, attesting that the work is out of print.
- Winners will be responsible for securing reprint permission from the original publisher and a revised foreword (if desired) by the nominating writer. (We will work with you on editing the foreword.)
- Entrants are responsible for keeping the press informed of changes in address or contact e-mail.
- Because of the nature of this contest, it is impossible to exclude work that may be previously familiar to the publisher; however, every effort shall be made to select the finest representative titles from a wide aesthetic range. The goal of the ReBound Series is not to reward friends and acquaintances, but to bring deserving poetry titles back into print, where they will gain an extended readership.
- Send all materials to: Ron Mohring; Seven Kitchens Press; 2547 Losantiville Ave; Cincinnati OH 45237.
- There is no reading fee, but this series depends upon its readers for support. We strongly suggest purchasing one (or more) of the titles in this series. Donations in any amount are also gratefully accepted; it’s easy to use Paypal (send to sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com) or query the same address if you’d like to send a check. And thank you, thank you, thank you.
- Show some love: For a $10 donation to support this series, receive any title below. Simply indicate which copy you’d like and be sure to include your mailing address.
Titles in this series:
- Christina Pacosz, Notes from the Red Zone
- Naomi Lazard, Ordinances
- Steve Turtell, Letter to Frank O’Hara
- Collin Kelley, Slow to Burn
- Louis McKee, No Matter
- Jeffery Beam, Midwinter Fires
- JeFF Stumpo, El Océano y la Serpiente / The Ocean and the Serpent
- Robin Reagler, Dear Red Airplane
- Jim Elledge, Nothing Nice
- Ann Tweedy, Beleaguered Oases
- Ron Mohring, Amateur Grief
- Ed Madden, Sebastian
- Lynne Knight, Life As Weather [forthcoming]
- John Keene, Playland [forthcoming]
- Kate Fox, Walking Off the Map [forthcoming]
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