Headmistress Press publishes books of poetry by lesbians, Lesbian Poet Trading Cards, and Lavender Review. Headmistress is dedicated to honoring lesbian existence, discovering a range of lesbian voices, and promoting lesbian representation in the arts.* We will be accepting submissions for our annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest from May 4 to July 4, 2019.
*Our definition of "lesbian" includes both women who identify as lesbians and people who identify with lesbians. We recognize that lesbian communities have been and continue to be informed by bi women, trans women, Two Spirit, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary people, and that many of these labels are not mutually exclusive categories. In that spirit, we welcome submissions from all poets who feel an intimate connection with the term "lesbian."
NOTE: Submissions of poetry to Lavender Review are closed until December 1, 2019 (art is still open).
Headmistress Press is proud to announce our fourth annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Our first-prize winner will be selected by Robin Becker and will receive a $300 honorarium plus 20 copies of the winning book. Headmistress Press will also announce finalists, and may choose to publish other books from among the submitted manuscripts. We will be accepting submissions from May 4 to July 4, 2019 and will announce a winner in the fall. Although we do charge a reading fee, we have always had a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for lack of entrance fee.
SLIDING SCALE ENTRY FEE
- $10, $15, $20
- No more than 35 pages of poetry, excluding front and back matter.
- No bio or cover letter is necessary.
- DO NOT include your name, mailing address, or email address in your manuscript.
- Please keep your manuscript formatting simple and clean. Don't worry about trying to make your manuscript look like a finished book. That's our job.
Please submit up to six images. By submitting art for publication, you certify that it is your own original work. We usually respond within two months. Simultaneous submissions and previously published work are allowed and encouraged.
Remember: Any art from a marginalized group is first dismissed as necessarily trivial or lesser because it doesn’t value the same ideals as the mainstream. It is only through iteration and resilience that the markers used to keep us out become the elements for which we are prized. That’s why a journal devoted to lesbian poetry and art is vital: it rejects tokenism; it makes visible the common themes between otherwise dissimilar writers and artists; and, most importantly, it shows the range and prowess of those who would otherwise be limited to one feature of their work. ~ Eloise Stonborough