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.
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.
Inaugural Chapbook Contest Winner
Jake Syersak, Impressions in the Language of a Lantern's Wick
period: May 1-July 31, 2017
Contest will be judged by the editors.
Winner will be announced on September 1, 2017.
Winner and finalists will be notified via email prior to September 1.
The winning manuscript will be published in the fall of 2017.
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.
- 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page that lists previous publications: individual pieces are fine, but the manuscript as a whole should be previously unpublished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.
**If we have solicited a letter from you for this series, this is the place to submit**
‘Letterboxing’ is a contemporary treasure-hunt style outdoor activity, in which clues are used to seek out and find very small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places. Inside these boxes are unique stamps; finders make an imprint of the stamp in their personal logbook, and imprint their own stamp in the logbook of the letterbox.
But the original letterbox was somewhat different. In 1854 in southwest England, an area guide hid his calling card in a jar in a remote area near Cranmere Pool on the moors of Dartmoor. He encouraged his clients to leave their calling cards in the jar as well. As time went on, visitors began to leave self-addressed notes and postcards in hopes that other visitors would find them, gather them, and return them by mail to the sender.
At Ghost Proposal, ‘Letterboxes’ is our periodic newsletter; a relationship in the form of transmission. A letter from a friend, from a stranger, hand-typed for you. Letterboxes is a letter from one of our past contributors to another. We encourage you to write to a contributor who may not seem as though they have much in common with you – how do you correspond?
For reference on this initiative, please see “Not the Map but the Winding” in Essay Daily’s series on nonfiction editors discussing the kind of work they seek to publish in their journals.
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