The deadline is approaching for the 2021 Nervous Ghost Press Prizes for poetry and prose. Open to writers living in the United States, each award includes $1,000, publication by Nervous Ghost Press, ten author copies, and the opportunity to complete a reading tour in California. Through the press, the editors seek to “promote writing as a means of art and survival regardless of where someone is from, who they are, or what they write.”
Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript for either contest with a $24 entry fee by January 31. Poetry manuscripts must be 48 to 128 pages. Fiction manuscripts must be 50,000 to 100,000 words. Michale Graves will judge in poetry and Debra Moore Muñoz will judge in fiction. All finalists will be considered for publication. In case of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reading tour may be replaced by a virtual tour. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Nervous Ghost Press was founded by writers Chad Lutz, Matthew Mejia, and Michael Nicholson and in 2019. The editors aim to publish “writing from the heart” and “strive to be a champion for positivity, growth, and lasting change.”