V Press LC is accepting submissions October 1 through December 1 for our Poetry Chapbook Contest, our Poetry Book Prize, and General Submissions. We look forward to reading your submissions.

Poetry Chapbook Contest

  • Include 29-49 poems with a table of contents ($25 reading fee). 

Poetry Book Prize

  • Include 50-120 poems with a table of contents ($35 reading fee). 

General Book Submission(s)

  • Submit a query letter, a synopsis, and the first three chapters of your manuscript for consideration. If we are interested we will offer you a  competitive book contract. V Press LC accepts any of these genres: Novel, NF, Flash, Short Stories, Essays, or Hybrid Manuscripts.  Poetry manuscripts will not be considered in the general book submission category unless the poems are part of a hybrid manuscript that blends poetry with prose pieces ($25 reading fee) . 

Reading fees help to offset publishing costs. 

V Press LC looks forward to reading your pieces. Learn more about V Press LC here: https://www.vpresslc.com/about/

If you have questions, feel free to contact Director and Managing Editor, Torie Amarie Dale at torie@vpresslc.com

Pre-order your copy today, and the book will be mailed to you in January. 

About the Author:

Rebecca Bridge was born in the country in rural Illinois surrounded by cornfields, deep woods, horse pastures, swimming holes, and raspberry patches. She received a BA in Poetry from Columbia College and an MFA in Creative writing from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Rebecca is the author of Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer’s Guide to Turning Artifacts into Art (Write Bloody, 2014), co-writer of the award-winning short film Wednesday’s Child (Potenza Productions, 2013), and A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems (V Press LC, forthcoming).

Rebecca works as a freelance writer, artist, jewelry maker, academic, and mother and lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, son, and two dogs.

About the Book:

A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems is a poetic handbook for exploring humanity through a surreal lens. This book elevates the mortality of the human experience and enhances one ’s life view. With an eye on nature and the everyday, these short prose poems explore the world not as it is, but as it would be if poetry was in the foregrounded of the human experience. The poems manage at once to be playful, light, and even comical while still being deeply meaningful and far-reaching. With language that is accessible and purposeful, diction that sounds like a friendship, and images that sizzle in one’s memory long after the mind’s eye imagines them, A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems is full of the kind of wit and wisdom that sticks around after the book is read and re-shelved.

           How to Make Butter Like a Pilgrim

           Pour a cup of milk into your pocket and then visit the
          house of every human you’ve ever met and tell them,
          It was a pleasure knowing you in this lifetime, hope to see you
          once more in the next.  Never look behind you, just
          head out West at a slow churn.

This little poem, along with all the others in Rebecca Bridge’s A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems, seems the product of a marriage between Seneca’s wit and brevity and Emily Dickinson’s stunning lyricism. From each poem’s title to its last word, I found myself in awe of this poet’s ability to sustain such freshness of language and imagination, and to hold in perfect balance such profundity and lightness. Though her Instructions for How to Be Instructed suggest we read one poem a day, I dare anyone who opens this book to try to stop at just one. 

                                              —Cathy Smith Bowers, author of The 

                                             Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers

                                             and former North Carolina Poet Laureate.

Bridge’s dazzling aphoristic “how-to’s” are like the imaginary “hot-cold goodies” I read about as a child in Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree. You pop one in your mouth (or mind) and just when it starts to feel unbearably hot, it turns cold. I’ve always yearned for someone to tell me “How to Be,” but I didn’t know I wanted to learn “How to Churn Butter Like a Pilgrim” (nor that it would involve a pocket full of milk) or “How to Be as Self-Possessed as Rainfall.” It turns out I do. You will too. 

                                                —Matthea Harvey, author of author of five 

                                                books of poetry including, If the Tabloids 

                                                Are True What Are You? and a New York

                                                Times Notable Book Author.

In a cultural moment obsessed with the possibilities of quick self-improvement, Bridge’s A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems delivers a truly welcome tonic. These poems pack vastness, wonder, and the simultaneous beauty and tragedy of being both alive and mortal into playful, imperative morsels. These poems won’t tell you how to boost your productivity or up your sales quota – thank goodness! Instead, they’ll help you simply revel in our shared strangeness and vulnerability. Pay attention

                                               —Dora Malech, author of Shore Ordered 

                                              OceanSay So, and Stet, and a Ruth Lilly 

                                              Poetry Fellow.

Submit full manuscript of 29-49 poems, with a table of contents after the title page. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt. font, and submit your document as a Word attachment. 

What you get

V Press invites submissions from anyone, anywhere in the world. We offer one cash prize of $500 US Dollars to the top prize and publication. If there is a tie for first then the cash prize will be equally divided among the winners. In the event that no manuscript is worthy of publication, V Press will not publish anything for this category. Finalists and runners up are not offered a cash reward. However, they may be offered a book contract. 

What we want

V Press loves to read fresh and original works. We lean more towards writing that empowers, educates, inspires, encourages or moves us in some way--the best works are those that get into the bones and the reader carries them around for a while. But know that there are some works we will publish simply for the enjoyment of reading them. Submit and surprise us. We love to be surprised. 

What we don’t want 

V Press does not want to read any works involving child abuse, graphic sexual deviations, horror, or anything that is just plainly too graphic for general adult audiences. If it disturbs the general reader then it’s not for us. The following are more works that we are not interested in seeing/reading: children's books, self-help, religion and spirituality, erotica, textbooks, or technical/professional works. 

Rights & Rules

Multiple submissions are allowed and encouraged, but each submission must be accompanied with a reading fee. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome and encouraged. Kindly let us know if your submission has been accepted elsewhere. 

Author agrees to attend one book signing that V Press will set up to promote their book. At this signing, the author will receive their $500 honorarium.

Note: If we publish your work we will champion it—and you. Submit your best. V Press only publishes books/authors we believe in. If we believe in you—we will fight for you! It’s our desire to see our author’s succeed in the marketplace as well as well as in readers' homes. 

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