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.

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.

Consultations take place via email and/or video conference over a period of four weeks (unless a different time frame is agreed upon).

A consultation with the editor 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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About the Consultant:
Naomi Washer co-founded Ghost Proposal in 2012. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago where she taught undergraduate writing, directed the Graduate Writing Center Consultant Program, and served as Assistant Editor of Hotel Amerika. She has also worked as Assistant Editor of South Loop Review and as Senior Nonfiction Editor of plain china: best undergraduate writing. Her book manuscript, The New Epistolary Woman: a complete guide to correspondence, was a finalist for the Subito Press Prose Prize, and her essay, "We Will Be Bridges, We Will Be Dead-End Streets" was selected by Debra Monroe in the Blue Mesa Review Nonfiction Contest and published by the journal in Issue 34. Other essays, poems, fictions, translations, and dance films have appeared in Fourth & Sycamore, Passages North, Essay Daily, St. Petersburg Review, TYPO, Ampersand Review, Split Lip Magazine, Apricity Press, and other journals. She holds a degree in interdisciplinary performance studies from Bennington College and has received fellowships in writing from Hambidge Center for the Arts and Yaddo. She currently teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Oak Meadow in Vermont.