Proposal:
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 and July 1 – October 1.

Our annual chapbook contest is open for submissions from May 1 – July 31.

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.

Submissions are open July-October and January-April. We publish poetry, essays, images, multimedia, hybrid, cross-, multi-, and post-genre work. We will never charge submission fees for our general reading period. We also hold an annual summer chapbook contest judged by the editorial board. Submission fees for our chapbook contest are used exclusively for the cost of printing our chapbooks.

Current Reading Period: January 1 - April 1, 2019

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.

  • Submit your work as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file and title the document with your name.
  • You may submit 3-5 shorter pieces or 1 longer piece, max. length 15 pages. Include all pieces in one document.
  • For visual work, title the file with your name and upload as a .jpg or .pdf. For video pieces, attach a link and/or embed code.
  • If your submission does not fit into the categorical boundaries of "word" or "image" and there's no way to put it through Submittable, query us. We'd like to experiment with you.
  • Attach a brief cover letter including a bio.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine; we ask that you let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • If you have already been published by us, please wait one year from your previous acceptance date to submit again.
  • We acquire first rights (which revert back to you upon publication) and request acknowledgement in subsequent publications. 
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.


Costs:

Chapbooks: $150

Full-length: $350

Send payments to: paypal.me/GPmanuscriptconsult

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