The literary and arts biannual Heavy Feather Review, to further distinguish our already prestigious chapbook contest, will adopt a rebranding campaign intent on publishing shorter manuscripts.
In the genre poetry, this campaign will manifest itself in the contest guidelines: manuscripts should be 10 to 15 pages rather than the 30 to 40 pages we originally sought.
The contest will now be known as the Double Take Poetry Prize. Shorter than a chapbook but longer the usual poem or two, the Double Take is designed to highlight poets who deserve a good, long look.
By publishing shorter manuscripts, there also arises the opportunity to increase the pool of finalists from past contests and to publish runner-ups depending upon our editors’ singular vision for the issue.
The contest will proceed as usual: One grand prize winner will be selected and blurbed by the contest judge. The winner will receive a $250 prize, a print copy of the issue, and a lifetime digital subscription to HFR. Each finalist will receive a print copy of the issue and a lifetime digital subscription to HFR. All entrants will receive 1-year digital subscriptions to HFR. The winning manuscript will see publication in HFR 5.1.
First prize could increase depending on the number of submissions we receive.
In the past, the contest has let us publish great talents in both genres such as Ryder Collins, Jim Redmond, Colin Winnette, Flower Conroy, and Leslie Parry—and we believe this retooling will create more occasions for collaboration in our journal. This is an aspect to literary publishing we want to emphasize with our independent publication.
So now, without further ado, announcing the Heavy Feather Review Double Take Poetry Prize, to be judged by Dorothea Lasky:
Author of ROME (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2014), Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and AWE (Wave Books, 2007), and co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People about Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013), the Missouri-born DOROTHEA LASKY is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, and the Boston Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
To enter: submit via Submittable. Work must be previously unpublished. Recommended length is 10 to 15 pages. This is a POETRY contest. The entry fee is $10. Only one winner will be selected and blurbed by the contest judge. Other manuscripts could appear in print at the editors’ discretion. The winner and finalists will be announced on the HFR website on DECEMBER 1, 2015, and the finalists will receive special mention in the issue. The winner will receive a $250 prize, a print copy of the issue, and a lifetime digital subscription to HFR. Each finalist will receive a print copy of the issue and a lifetime digital subscription to HFR. All entrants will receive 1-year digital subscriptions to HFR. All entries are read blind. Please don’t include any identifying information in your submission. The deadline for this contest is NOVEMBER 1, 2015.
We look forward to reading your manuscripts!
Jason, Nathan, Ally, and Chas
Heavy Feather Review