TALLGRASS WRITERS GUILD w/OUTRIDER PRESS

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2021 Literary Anthology/Contest -- PLAY -- the 25th in the 'Black and White' series of annual anthologies produced by TallGrass Writers Guild in affiliation with Outrider Press.


Prizes: $500 Cash Prize for Poetry and $500 for Prose; previously published material and simultaneous submissions OK (please indicate).


Deadline: 10/31/20


Planned publication date for PLAY is First Quarter, 2021. Working title:  PLAY; this title can include kids' games, gambling,  sports. board, dice and card games  as well as 'play' used in the sense of theatrical productions.  Sports encompass all types of pro and amateur athletics, sports agents and teams; the business of professional sports; school sports; and more. The area of board, dice, and card games can range from a family video game or Monopoly  to world-class Chess; from Go Fish to professional-level Poker with high stakes wagers. We interpret themes broadly.

The theatrical sense of 'play' can refer to actors and acting; production and direction; backstage drama; the high-risk business of developing theatrical material and its production.

We recommend becoming familiar with past years' anthologies for a better sense of the work we publish.  Go to: wwwDOToutriderpressDOTnet and click on the ‘Publishing’ tab. That information is also found on "Order Past Anthologies...; on this Submittable site.

All poetry, fiction  and creative nonfiction submissions are read and evaluated by in-house editorial staff; submission does not guarantee acceptance. Acceptances that make the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of $1000 in cash prizes for Grand Prize ($500 each for poetry and prose) . Also: 2nd and 3rd places. Especially interested in poetry. 

All winners will have Featured Reader status at PLAY's free Kickoff Reading (depending on scheduling) at Chicago's Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation's third largest book fair of its kind, seeing 100,000 in attendance in 2019. Lit Fest's 2021 scheduling details are undetermined at this writing. 

In addition, all winners and other selected contributors receive Featured Reader status at our Publishing Party, free and open to all, and traditionally held  at Chicago's venerable Sulzer Regional Library. Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.

We nominate for a variety of prizes including the Pushcart Prize.  

Non-refundable entry fees  are $19 in each category for non-TallGrass Writers Guild members, reduced to $15 each for members.  You may submit work in more than one category. TallGrass is rare among arts organizations since it is independent and self-supporting. Current annual U.S. TWG membership fee is $50 (students: $35) and includes four 10-page newsletters each year. Newsletters contain current events in the creative arts community; member news; book reviews; and pages of Manuscripts Wanted that list publications seeking writers’ submissions.

NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS OR CATEGORIES

Entries are shredded/not returned

Judge: TBA


Poetry: Reading fee for each group and/or partial group of 1-4 poems (32- line maximum w/spaces): $19 for non-members / $15 for TallGrass Writers Guild member. Provide a separate file with the title for each poem when you submit.  No head notes or foot notes. No long titles or long lines, please; the book is standard trade paper, 8.25" x 5.25". You will need to enter the title of each poem on the first page plus complete contact information when you submit your postal address, phone number and email address (we cannot accept academic emails or phone numbers) on each page. See the 'Poetry' category for details.

 Prose: Fiction and Nonfiction: 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works OK. No head notes or foot notes, please. No long titles. The book is standard trade paper, 8.25" x 5.25". Reading fee for each entry: $19 reduced to $15 for TallGrass Writers Guild members. Include author's name, contact information and email (we cannot accept academic emails or phone numbers) on the title page.

A more detailed set of Guidelines can be found on the web site: outriderpressDOTnet.  Click on 'TallGrass Anthology Guidelines'; we hope you explore the other tabs on the site for additional history, mission, and upcoming events from TallGrass.


Questions? Email tallgrassguild@sbcglobal.net


2020 Anthology--PLAY Poetry Guidelines
Sponsored by Outrider Press w/TallGrass Writers Guild--$1,000 in Cash Prizes.
 

Deadline: 10-31-20
 

Email  tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet

Prizes: $500 Cash Prize each-Poetry and Prose divisions; previously published material + simultaneous submissions OK (notify us).

Poetry formatting: 32 lines (including spaces) limit per poem; no long lines, please--no lines over 3 3/4" using size 12 Times Roman, and no long titles exceeding 3 3/4" using size 18 Times Roman. No head notes or foot notes. Reading fee for each group or partial group of 1-4 poems: $19 reduced to $15-TWG member. A separate file for each poem by title.


Provide author contact information including your email address and phone number (we cannot accept academic email addresses or phone numbers ) on each separate poem. Specify the word processing program used: Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word—RTF preferred .

Planned publication date: First Quarter, 2021. Working title: "PLAY";  can include: gambling; sports and board , dice and card games, and ‘play’ used in the sense of theatrical productions. Sports include all types of kids’ games, pro and amateur athletes and their agents and teams; the business of professional sports; school sports; and more. The area of board, dice, and card games can range from a family game of Monopoly to world-class Chess; from Go Fish to professional-level Poker with high stakes. The theatrical sense of ‘play’ can include actors and acting; casting and direction; backstage drama; the high-risk business of creating and producing plays; and more.


We are especially interested in poetry.
 

All submissions are read and evaluated by in-house editorial staff. Submission does not guarantee acceptance; manuscripts making the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of $500 First Prizes each for poetry and prose. Also: 2nd and 3rd places. 


All entries are shredded, not returned.

All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kickoff reading (depending on Printers Row Lit Fest scheduling) at Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind, with 100,000 in 2019 attendance; 2021 Lit Fest scheduling undetermined at this writing.

In addition, all winners and other selected contributors also receive invitations to our Publishing Party, free and open to all, and traditionally held at Chicago's venerable Sulzer Regional Library. Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.
 

Judge: TBA

Non-refundable entry fees ($US) for each group of up to 4 poems and/or partial group of 1-4 poems are $19, reduced to $15 each group or partial group for TWG members. TallGrass is rare among arts organizations since it is independent and self-supporting. Current annual U.S. TWG membership fee is $50 (students: $35) and includes four 10-page newsletters each year. Newsletters contain current events in the creative arts community; member news; book reviews; and pages of Manuscripts Wanted that list publications seeking writers’ submissions.


We suggest you familiarize yourself with recent past anthologies; visit www.outriderpress.net and click on "Publications' for details on our SALE. This special offer is also available on this Submittable site. See 'Order Past Anthologies...' for specific information.

NO LIMIT ON NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS OR CATEGORY​
 

WE NOMINATE FOR THE BEST NEW POETS PRIZE, ORISON LITERARY AWARDS, AND THE PUSHCART PRIZE. 


Our 2019 (LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds). 2018 (THE STARS), 2017 (THE MOON), 2016 (HOME) and 2015 (EMBERS AND FLAMES) anthologies featured in LITERARY LICENSE, published by the Society of Midland Authors

TallGrass (one word) membership is available in a TallGrass Writers Guild category as part of this Submittable listing. Choose the correct Fee Option from the Fee Option dropdown selection list when you enter your credit card information on the submission form.
 
 

http://www.outriderpress.net/ Fiction - 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works OK, in Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word - RTF preferred. State the software program used, please.


PLAY Anthology deadline:  8-30-20 to deadline of October 31, 2020

Planned publication date: First Quarter, 2021

Working Title:  'PLAY' can include: kids' games; mind games; gambling; sports and board , dice and card games, and ‘play’ used in the sense of theatrical productions. Sports include all types of kids’ games, pro and amateur athletes and their agents and teams; the business of professional sports; school sports; and more. The area of board and card games can range from a family game of Monopoly to world-class Chess; from Go Fish to professional-level Poker with high stakes. The theatrical sense of ‘play’ can include actors and acting; production and direction; backstage drama; the high-risk business of creating and producing plays.  


We recommend becoming familiar with past years' anthologies for a better sense of the work we publish.  Go to: wwwDOToutriderpressDOTnet and click on the ‘Publishing’ tab, which includes information on our SALE through 10-31-20. Those details are also available at 'Order Past Anthologies' at this Submittable site.


All submissions are read and evaluated by in-house editorial staff. Submission does not guarantee acceptance; manuscripts making the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of $500 First Prizes each for poetry and prose. Also: 2nd and 3rd places. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kickoff reading (depending on Printers Row Lit Fest scheduling) at Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind, with 100,000 in 2019 attendance. Lit Fest 2021 details are undetermined at this writing.

In addition, all winners and other selected contributors also receive invitations to our Publishing Party, free and open to all, and traditionally held at Chicago's venerable Sulzer Regional Library. Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.


​Judge: TBA

Non-refundable entry fees ($US) for each category are $19 reduced to $15 each for TWG members. TallGrass is rare among arts organizations since it is independent and self-supporting. Current annual U.S. TWG membership fee is $50 (students: $35) and includes four 10-page newsletters each year. Newsletters contain current events in the creative arts community; member news; book reviews; and pages of Manuscripts Wanted that list publications seeking writers’ submissions.

Format: no long titles, please, since our pages are 5.25" X 8.25" and in addition, no head notes or foot notes. Reading fee for each fiction or nonfiction entry is $19 reduced to $15. Separate file for each entry by title. Include your name, postal address, phone number and email on the first page No academic phone numbers or emails. Number your pages. Specify the word processing program used (Microsoft Word or RTF).
 

NO LIMIT ON NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS OR CATEGORY​


WE NOMINATE FOR THE BEST NEW POETS PRIZE, ORISON LITERARY AWARDS, AND THE PUSHCART PRIZE 


Our 2019 (LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds. 2018 (THE STARS), 2017 (THE MOON), 2016 (HOME) and 2015 (EMBERS AND FLAMES) anthologies featured in  LITERARY LICENSE, published by the Society of Midland Authors.

Non-refundable entry fees ($US): for each separate fiction entry, the fee is $19 for non-TallGrass Writers Guild members, reduced to $15 each for members.

We suggest you familiarize yourself with recent past anthologies;  Please visit www.outriderpress.net and click on "Publications' for details on our SALE. You can also take advantage of our Special Sale on this Submittable site at "Order Past Anthologies" through 10-31-20.

TallGrass membership is available in a TallGrass Writers Guild category as part of this Submittable listing. Choose the correct Fee Option from the Fee Option dropdown selection list when you enter your credit card information on the submission form.  




 

Past Years' Anthologies  [All prices include S/H and applicable taxes]

​-SALE- Anthologies, 1996 to 2016, $17 each (includes S/H + taxes) See titles in bold text.


​- Prairie Hearts (1996)–The Midwest–$22 NUMBER ORDERED...........................


- Alternatives (1997)–Roads less traveled-$22 .........................................................

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- Freedom’s Just Another Word (1998)–Concepts of Freedom–$22................


- Feathers, Fins & Fur (1999) –Animals–$23 ............................................................


- Earth Beneath, Sky Beyond (2000)–Nature–$24 .................................................


- A Kiss is Still a Kiss (2001) Romantic Love–$24 .....................................................


-Take Two–They’re Small (2002)–Food–$25 ...........................................................


- Family Gatherings (2003)–Holidays, weddings, & more–$25 ............................


- Things That Go Bump in the Night (2004)–The supernatural–$25...................


- Falling in Love Again (2005)–2nd chances–$25 ....................................................


- Vacations: Good, Bad & Ugly (2006)“Are we there yet?”–$25............................


- A Walk Through My Garden (2007)–Flowerpots to farms–$26...........................


- Wild Things (2008) – Domestic & otherwise–$26...................................................


- Fearsome Fascinations (2009)–Vampires & thrill seekers–$26.......................... 


- Season of Change (2010)–Nature & the economy-..................................................


- A Bird in the Hand: Risk and Flight (2011) – Planes, casinos, runaways, and birds, birds, birds–$26 ....................................................................................................................


- Deep Waters: Rivers, Lakes & Seas (2012)–River rafting, Navy exercises, emotional ‘deep waters’–$26 ...............................................................................................................


- Music in the Air (2013)–Pop, Rock, Nature’s music and more–$26 ....................


- The Mountain (2014) – Hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountains as metaphors for challenges – $26.00 ................................................................................


- Embers and Flames (2015)–Camp fires, fire crackers, firefighting, simmering passions – $26.........................................................................................................................​


- HOME (2016)-Dream houses, runaways, DIY, wartime refugee camps, nests, rehab/restoration–$26 ........................................................................................................ 


- THE MOON (2017) - Lunar exploration, ancient rites and rituals, 'Moon Madness' $26...........................................................................................................................................


- THE STARS (2018) - Constellations, astronomy; astrology;  "Lucky" stars;  celebrity / political / athletic awards and scandals–$26 ...............................................................


- LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds (2019) - Nighttime symphonies ranging from those in urban settings to those in undeveloped Nature–$26 ...............................

SALE -  Anthologies 2012 through 2016  

NOW ONLY $17.00 each (includes S/H


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Sale ends 10-31-20


TallGrass Writers Guild, an independent and self-supporting arts organization, has been providing opportunities for over a quarter-century to writers locally (Chicago), regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Publishing opportunities in its annual Black and White series of anthologies, (now in its 25th year), are well known for having given over 550 first-time writers their starts, some of whom have won $500 Grand Prizes for their anthology entries.

Performance opportunities are monthly open mics, themed readings, and Performance Ensemble programs in high profile venues have included Chicago's historic Sulzer Regional Library, Northwestern University, and Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Cultural Center. Current annual TWG membership fee of $50 ($30 for students with current school ID) includes four 12-page newsletters each year. Newsletters contain current arts events; member news; book reviews; and pages of Manuscripts Wanted that list publications seeking writers’ submissions.   

 Please visit the website: www.outriderpressDOTnet and click on the "TallGrass Writers Guild" for detailed information on the TallGrass Writers Guild, its publications, events, a more detailed overview of STARS, and a convenient member form or use this convenient membership form on Submittable:

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