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.

Ends on August 1, 2019$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:

Toby Altman, Every Hospital by Bertrand Goldberg (Except One)

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, 2019 (submissions close at 2am Central Time for our West Coast friends)
Contest will be judged by the editors.
Winner will be announced on September 1.
Winner and finalists will be notified via email prior to September 1.
We may choose to publish one additional runner-up.
We reserve the right to extend the deadline if a manuscript is not selected from the original reading period.

As publishers, we value transparency when it comes to reading fees: the funds collected from our chapbook contest are used exclusively for the cost of printing our chapbooks. We are grateful to collaborate with incredible independent designers on these projects, and glad to support them in their efforts to expand the possibilities of small press publishing.

As writers ourselves, we understand that submission fees can be a hardship. We are grateful for you trusting us with your work, and appreciate your interest in supporting our efforts to bring more hybrid projects into the world. That being said, if the submission fee proves to be too much of a barrier, please contact us: we want to work with you.

Reading fee: $7

Winner receives: 15 copies of the manuscript. Additional copies can be purchased at a discount.

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.  In the event that a collaborative manuscript is selected for publication, each author will receive 10 copies 
  • 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
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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Ghost Proposal