an offering;
a possibility;
a conjecture;
a guess;
a hypothesis;
a thing-to-be-explored.

Ghost: a shadow on the sleeve of your sweater; a rhythm returning from lifetimes before; the meandering suggestion of a river on an ancient, yellowed map.

Journal submissions are open January 1 – April 1 (summer issue) and July 1 – October 1 (winter issue).

Our annual chapbook contest is open for submissions from May 1 – July 31 (fall publication).

We publish poetry, essays, images, multimedia, hybrid, cross-, multi-, and post-genre work. We are interested in work that does not sit comfortably inside genre labels—work that bends or pushes against traditional limitations; that mixes, blends, and steps outside of the normal bounds.

The best way to understand what we're looking for is to read our Special Feature: Hybrid Forms & the Post-Genre Approach.
Ends on July 31, 2018$7.00

Annual Chapbook Contest

We seek cohesive manuscripts that deal in hybrid, cross-, multi-, and post-genre approaches. We are interested specifically in project-based work; while pieces within the manuscript may be disparate, they should resonate as a whole. 

Chapbook Series:

Amy Lipman, Cardinal Directions

Jaime Zuckerman, Letters to Melville

Jake Syersak, Impressions in the Language of a Lantern's Wick

Reading period: May 1-July 31, 2018
Contest will be judged by the editors.
Winner will be announced on September 1, 2018.
Winner and finalists will be notified via email prior to September 1.
The winning manuscript will be published in the fall of 2018. We may choose to publish an additional runner-up.

We reserve the right to extend the deadline if a manuscript is not selected from the original reading period.

Reading fee: $7

Winner receives: 25 copies of the manuscript.

Fine print:

  • Manuscripts should be 16-32 pages
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please inform us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere
  • Collaborative manuscripts are okay
  • Multiple submissions are fine if submitted separately with a reading fee for each
  • Images are permissible but manuscripts should not rely heavily upon them
  • Include an acknowledgements page that lists previous publications: individual pieces are fine, but the manuscript as a whole should be previously unpublished
  • This contest will not be judged blind: please include contact information

In this ongoing feature on our blog, we invite writers and artists to take us into their own isolated moments of seeing/being. Send in a photograph, video, or sound clip of the image, song, or moment accompanied by a piece of writing – of any length, in any style or form – that brings us into your moment of awareness. Perhaps it is an old box filled with a meaningful collection; a particular moment of light hitting a brick wall; found text on the sidewalk; a compelling configuration of trees. ‘Frame’ it for us; show us what you see.

We accept submissions of book reviews. Books can be by our contributors or within the realm of our post-genre aesthetic. Reviews will be accepted on a rolling basis and published on our blog. There is no minimum or maximum word count and we are open to all styles.

We offer chapbook and full-length manuscript consultations with Editor-in-Chief Naomi Washer and Managing Editor Patrick Thornton.

A consultation with the editors does not guarantee publication with Ghost Proposal or with another press. What we do guarantee is that your manuscript will receive time, care, and thoughtful attention. We intend to develop a dialogue and provide substantial feedback centering on your goals and vision for the manuscript. 

As this service is not affiliated with publication through Ghost Proposal, manuscripts for consultation do not need to align with the GP aesthetic. 

Payment is due in full upon mutual agreement of consultation.


Chapbooks: $150

Full-length: $350

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