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Yavanika Press is affiliated with the tri-annual literary & arts journal, Sonic Boom. Using the theatre metaphor of “the curtain” as our reference point, we aim to cast the spotlight on bold and new emerging voices, as well as veterans of the craft. We want your unforgettable lines, your pulsating images, and your attempts at breaking out of the mould. We accept writing and art in a variety of combinations and invite you to join us on stage!

 

Reading period: 

May 1 - June 30 for *Limited Edition* mini-chapbooks

 

July 1 - September 30 for ebooks

 

 

What we publish: 

- Poetry 
- Japanese short-forms 
- Short prose 
- Mixed-genre 

- Limited edition mini chaps

Where to submit:

 yavanikapress@gmail.com 

Response time: 3-5 weeks

 

 

Things to remember:

1. We do not charge reading fees of any kind. Submissions will ALWAYS be free. 

2. Please submit only ONCE per reading period. 
3. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you inform us the minute your manuscript has been picked up by another market. 
4. You can submit chapbooks across all four sections during a given reading period. 
5. Authors/artists can either provide their own cover art, or we will work together and create some truly unique eye candy. 
6. Please ensure that at least 30% of the pieces in your manuscript are unpublished. And, it goes without saying that all manuscripts, as a whole, must be previously unpublished.
7. All manuscripts will be published as freely downloadable e-books on our website, save for anthologies or solicited full-length manuscripts. Additionally, a
ll rights will revert to the individual authors upon publication.
8. Since all our books will be available for free, there will be no royalties offered. However, if this changes at any point, we will keep you in the loop. 
 

 

Guidelines for Poetry e-chapbooks: 

We want poems that speak to us at a molecular level, poems which challenge the intellect and draw on emotion at the same time, poems that dialogue with the reader. Give us the ordinary, the grandiose, the hauntingly beautiful, and avoid rhyme unless it’s the lifeblood of your piece. We love sharp, crisp images, engaging metaphors, and unpretentious poetry. We are not fond of poems that deliberately obfuscate. Make us mourn the short-lived love affair as we near the end of your manuscript. We are open to publishing experimental poetry, including but not limited to found/remixed pieces. We are unable to accept translations at this time.

 

1. Please submit 12-25 poems for consideration along with a manuscript title. 
2. Please ensure that every poem begins on a new page. 
3. Line length for all poems must be under 30 lines (exceptions will be considered).
4. Submit your manuscript as an MS word document that includes the title, dedication (if any), acknowledgements (citing previously published poems, if any), a table of contents (listing the sequence of poems alone), and the poems. Page numbers need not be added at this stage.
5. All poems must be single-spaced and must be typed in Garamond, size 12 font type. 
6. Please include your cover letter and short bio note in the body of the email.
7. Collaborations welcome. 

 

 


Guidelines for Japanese short-forms e-chapbooks:

We have a palpably strong connection to Japanese short-forms of poetry. These word pictures in under a dozen words have decidedly ensnared us and we proudly admit it! We will be looking for haikai forms that go beyond the norm and open up new realms of experience. Show us what we’ve known all along, but never could articulate quite like you have. Spare us from reading about herons, cherry blossoms, sunsets, and other tropes that are wont to plague these forms, unless you’re bringing us old wine in a very snazzy new bottle! To get a feel for our aesthetic, we encourage you to check out the work we publish in our sister journal Sonic Boom, or grab a copy of our first anthology. 

 

1. For haiku & senryu chapbooks, please submit 25-50 individual poems and we will help you shortlist the final pieces. Please note that we will not review sequences or linked forms (rengay, renku, tan-renga, etc.).
2. We prefer publishing chapbooks that are loosely centred around a theme, as opposed to a random collection of haikai verses. 
3. For cherita-only or gembun-only chaps, please submit 15-25 poems, each on a new page.
4. Submit your manuscript as an MS word document that includes the title, dedication (if any), acknowledgements (citing previously published poems, if any), and the poems. Page numbers need not be added at this stage.
5. All poems must be single-spaced and must be typed in Garamond, size 12 font type. 
6. Please include your cover letter and short bio note in the body of the email.
7. Collaborations welcome.  


 

 

 

Guidelines for Prose e-chapbooks: 

Send us your prose pieces including flash fiction, vignettes, short scenes/plays, hybrid forms, haibun, and works that resolutely defy categorization. We favour pieces that lean toward the prose poem rather than action-centered genre. A strong voice, the willingness to take risks with language, and attention to the odd but beautifully defining details are more likely to find a home. We are open to experimentation, but not at the cost of quality. Also, we do not care much for sci-fi, speculative fiction, erotica, or horror. We will not tolerate manuscripts that are riddled with sexist or racist ideologies and will reject manuscripts that depict gratuitous violence outright.

 

1. Please submit 15-25 prose pieces for consideration. 
2. Please ensure that every piece has a title and begins on a new page. 
3. While there is no minimum word count set for the prose pieces, please ensure that they are no longer than 300-350 words each (exceptions will be considered).
4. Submit your manuscript as an MS word document that includes the title, dedication (if any), acknowledgements (citing previously published pieces, if any), a table of contents (listing the sequence alone), and the prose pieces. Page numbers need not be added at this stage.
5. All pieces must be set at 1.5 line spacing and must be typed in Garamond, size 12 font type. 
6. Please include your cover letter and short bio note in the body of the email.
7. Collaborations welcome. 


 

 

 

Guidelines for Mixed-genre e-chapbooks

Do you have a story that begs to interpreted as a series of haiga? Or a bunch of politically charged newspaper blackout poems? An erasure series from a single novel? Want to collaborate with your favourite artist and send us an ekphrastic manuscript? Have you always wanted to work on a chapbook comprising collage, vispos, Dada-inspired pieces, asemic writing, or anything else remotely obscure? This is your chance! Send us your mixed-genre creations and we will do everything in our power to showcase them beautifully and with the utmost care.

 

1. Please submit 15-30 mixed-genre works for consideration.

2. Please ensure that every piece has a title and begins on a new page.

3. Submit your manuscript as a PDF document that includes the title, dedication (if any), acknowledgements (citing previously published pieces, if any), a table of contents (listing the sequence alone), and the works. Page numbers need not be added at this stage.

5. If your manuscript incorporates text, it must be typed in Garamond, size 12 font type.

6. Please include your cover letter and short bio note in the body of the email.

7. Collaborations are highly encouraged. 

Guidelines for limited edition mini chaps

 

How would you like to have your very own limited edition mini chapbook? All books will be postcard size (4 x 6 in.) and will feature poems under 10 lines. You can get as creative as you like! Contact us for more details. 

 

1. Please submit 15-20 poems for consideration.

2. Please ensure that every piece begins on a new page.

3. Submit your manuscript as a PDF document that includes the title, dedication (if any), acknowledgements,  and the poems. Page numbers need not be added at this stage.

5. Please use Garamond, size 12 font type.

6. Please include your cover letter and short bio note in the body of the email.

7. Collaborations are highly encouraged. 

 

 

 

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