Winners of the first KotaPress Contest are:

Dana Gerringer
Nancy Talley
Marika Thompson
Tim Hulley
Sandra Bailey
Heidi Sauer
Carla T. Griswold

KotaPress Anthology, Vol. 1, No. 1 featuring the above writers will be released in October 2000. They will also read at the KotaPress Reading to be held in Seattle, Washington, on Friday, October 20, 2000, at 7pm. For further details, send query email to

You, too, could be a winner in the next KotaPress Contest! There's one more contest for 2000, and the guidelines are detailed below. You don't need your checkbook to enter! There are no entry nor reading fees, no requirements for SASE, and 5 to 7 winners in each contest. And if you win, you get free copies of the book in which you are published. Don't pass up your chance to participate in our Anthology Contest!

Second Anthology Contests for 2000 will run as follows:

Winners Announced
Book Release
Aug 30
Sept/Fall Equinox Issue 2000
March/Spring Equinox Issue 2001

Submit 15 to 25 pages of original poetry. You must be the author. These pages should contain the poetry you'd like to see published in the Anthology.

We only take email submissions. Send email to with Word or RTF attachment of your works (please put your name on each page of the manuscript)-- OR you can cut & paste the text into the body of your email. [PLEASE SEND ONLY ONE EMAIL WITH ALL YOUR POEMS IN IT OR ONLY ONE ATTACHMENT WITH ALL YOUR POEMS IN IT! IF YOU INSIST UPON SENDING MULTIPLE EMAILS OR ATTACHMENTS YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!!!!]

MUST put "Submission for Anthology" in the subject line of your email!

Please include a short author bio (25 to 75 words) in the body of your email ONLY-- do not include bio in attachments. This bio will be used in the Anthology if you are chosen.

For each contest, 5 to 7 authors will be published (each one getting 15 to 25 pages of poetry) in the resulting Anthology issue. Winning authors will be notified via email and will be announced in the KotaPress Online Poetry Journal. Winning authors will receive 14 copies of the perfect-bound, Anthology issue in which they are published as payment at the Book Release date.

We will accept previously published poetry as long as the previous publisher is given proper credit. This means you must make it CLEAR to us who we need to credit for which poems. You are responsible for giving us this information. We would prefer that you don't submit simultaneous works since our turn around time is reasonable.

If your works are chosen for the resulting Anthology book, we ask for one time print and electronic rights. We ask for the electronic right so that we can publicize the winners on our website. We ask for the print right so that we can publish your works in paper and ink in the Anthology. All rights revert back to the author once the Anthology is released, and we would appreciate proper credit if you publish those works elsewhere in the future. At this time, we have no plans to do second runs of the books; so once the initial run is sold, it's out of print.

Your works will ultimately be "judged" by our in-house editor, but will also be reviewed by an informal panel of poets prior to the final decision. We are of the belief that if your work is right for us, it's right for us. If not, then not. We do not believe that hiring an "academic" poet or "professionally deconstructionist" poet to judge would make any difference to the quality of your work. So you will not find us bragging here about who might read your poems. We are working artists just like you who wish to open another venue for publishing hard working artists. Period.


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