Each year, we bring a special guest into the selection process, a writer whose work we hold in very high regard, and this year, we may have a reached a “personal best”: in addition to being our favorite poet, Michael Burkard is the author of My Secret Boat, Entire Dilemma, Unsleeping, Pennsylvania Collection Agency, and Envelope of Night. He has received fellowships from FAWC, NEA, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has worked as a psychiatric aide, a creative arts therapist, a proofreader for Bloomingdale’s catalogues. He will talk about the part of him that disappears. He do this to night too, unto night. His verbs are weak; don’t tell his heart.
The winner of the competition receives a $250 cash prize and 25 copies of their chapbook. The chapbook will be published in a 200-copy run on sixty-pound, acid-free text stock bound with a full-color cover. To get a sense of what the final object looks like, please check out our previous winners, Elizabeth Skurnick’s Check-In (2005), Tom Whalen’s Dolls (2007), Claire Hero’s afterpastures (2008), and Tina May Hall’s All the Day’s Sad Stories (2009). In 2009, sales of our journal and catalog titles afforded us the opportunity to expand the imprint with a deluxe reissue of Check-In and the publication of 2008’s Runner-Up, Matt Bell’s The Collectors; we are dedicated to long-term relationships with our chapbook authors and hope to expand these operations ever-further in the future.
Eligibility and Reading Fee (Print and Electronic Formats):
This competition is open to poetry manuscripts written in the English language. While previously-published poems or excerpts of poems may be included in the manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published works are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note, however, that reading fees are non-refundable, and Caketrain is to be notified as soon as possible if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Manuscript revisions will not be considered during reading period. Please do not include cover artwork or photographs with your submission. Author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with Michael Burkard or any Caketrain Journal and Press staff member; if an author is unsure whether this policy applies to him or her, Caketrain will gladly address inquiries.
Entrants may choose between two reading fee amounts: either $15 for consideration only or $20 for consideration and a copy of the winning chapbook upon its release. ($20 option applicable to domestic U.S. entrants only.)
Print entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009. Please submit 20 to 50 pages of typed poetry. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if necessary, an acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two cover pages: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Please do not send original manuscripts; print manuscripts will be recycled at competition conclusion. Please submit manuscripts through the United States Postal Service. A reading fee of either $15 or $20 (entrant’s choice, as detailed above) must accompany each submission, made payable to Caketrain Journal and Press. Submissions may include an SASE for notification of competition results. If an SASE is not included, notification will be sent via e-mail. A list of winner and finalists will also be announced at www.caketrain.org. Submit print entries to Caketrain Journal and Press, Box 82588, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
Electronic entries must be received no later than October 1, 2009. Please submit 20 to 50 pages of typed poetry as an e-mail attachment in either DOC, PDF, or RTF format. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if necessary, an acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two cover pages as the first two pages of the attached document: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Once the manuscript has been sent, the reading fee of either $15 or $20 (entrant’s choice, as detailed above) can be paid by credit card through Paypal by using this link. A reply e-mail will be sent once the manuscript is downloaded and verified as readable and functioning. Notification of contest results will sent via e-mail, and a list of winner and finalists will be announced at www.caketrain.org. Submit electronic entries to [email protected].
Caketrain is a literary journal and press based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our interest is in bringing you, reader, the very best in contemporary creative writing, full stop. Our goals are for each issue of our journal to submerge you in a birthing tank for gelatinous language monsters, young masses of tentacular foci undulating as directed (in all, at once) by our eclectic stable of contributors; for each new book we publish to seduce and ensnare you, sometimes intangibly, always undeniably; and for you, reader, to be able to draw at least one passage from our banks that prods your mind with such precision and power that it feels as if it was written for your eyes alone. To wit and to whet, here is a snippet, a slight nip of our delicious lit mix:
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