by Maryka Gillis
Folded Word has been busy this month. During the course of the April, the press has focused extensively on chapbooks, with a call for new submissions, attendance at a chapbook festival, and the debut of three new chapbooks of poetry.
In early April, Folded Word was represented at the 2015 NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival (Schedule of Folded Fun). HONEY & BANDAGES by Katie Longofono & Mary Stone, WHAT WAS HERE by Julie Warther & calligraphy by JS Graustein, and ARTIFACTS & RELICS by Mark J. Mitchell debuted at the festival. All three are on sale right now with free shipping at the Folded Word shop. Get your copy while the sale lasts!
Ben Moeller-Gaa hosted a haiku workshop and challenge for this month’s Folded Word-Lab that was also featured on The Haiku Daily. The challenge results are in – with entries from four continents. Ali Znaidi of Tunisia, Gary Schroeder of Colorado, and Marek Kozubek of Poland had their haiku selected as the best examples of the concept from the workshop. They each received a copy of Moeller-Gaa’s WASP SHADOWS.
In the spirit of Earth Day and as a part of Folded Word’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainability, Maryka Gillis launched a new column on the intersection of literature and environment this month. Her first post, Eco-Lit: Reclaiming Hope discusses the value of literature in coping with ecological hardship.
The press is currently calling for 2016 chapbook manuscripts. In 2016, we will be publishing one chapbook per month, and there are a few expanded genre slots that still need to be filled. Open slots include poetry, bilingual poetry translation, haiku, short-story, literary essay, and travel essay. View submission guidelines here.
We are looking forward to more chapbook releases this summer and a year of consistent chapbooks in 2016. If you have a short work of prose or collection of poems to submit, view our guidelines and join us in celebrating the chapbook, and keep an eye out for upcoming publications!