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Top Five Finalists in Our Chapbook Competition

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to the top five finalists in our Chapbook Competition.

In alphabetical order, the titles of the the top five chapbooks are:

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The Bones of this Land

The Longest Geronimo

Pop 1280

The Promethean Clock

Space on Earth

If your title is listed please stay tuned. We will announce the winners on July 29th at the Power to the People Poetry Slam at Duel Brewery. We hope to see everyone there to support our authors and participate in our book exchange. For those unable to attend the Slam, the winners will be posted on Sunday, July 30th and contacted the following week.

If you have a publication, please consider participating our book exchange at Power to the People Poetry Slam. Our goal is to get more reviews for our publications as well as those in the community. Trade your title for one of ours or purchase SwEP titles for $5.

 

If your title is not listed, we want to send well wishes for your future poetic endeavors. Thank you for sharing your work with us and support our small press. Please consider submitting in the future.


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Top Ten Finalists for our Chapbook Competition

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to the top ten finalists in our Chapbook Competition.

In alphabetical order, the title of the the top ten chapbooks are:

(drum roll)

The Bones of this Land

Coffee and Cocaine

Diesel and Decay

Float True

The Longest Geronimo

Pop 1280

The Promethean Clock

Space on Earth

This too Shall Pass

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

If your title is listed please stay tuned. We will release the top 5 next week and announce the winners on July 29th at the Power to the People Poetry Slam at Duel Brewery. We hope to see everyone there to support our authors and participate in our book exchange.

If your title is not listed, we want to send well wishes for your future poetic endeavors. Thank you for sharing your work with us and support our small press. Please consider submitting in the future.


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To All Who Entered Our Chapbook Competition…

To All Who Entered Our Chapbook Competition…

Our guest judge, the unmitigated Jessica Helen Lopez, is working diligently to make her way through all the submissions. We plan on releasing a top ten this weekend, then narrowing it down to the top five the following weekend.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners will be named at the Power to the People Poetry Event at Duel Brewery on July 29th.

Swimming with Elephants Publications is going to host a book exchange at this event. Bring your book/chapbook/publication and trade it for another from the community. The goal is to increase book reviews for all participates and to get your book into the hands of more readers. We will also have books for sale for $5.

Thank you again for all who submitted and thank you for your continued support!


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Swimming with Elephants Publications Chapbook Competition

Swimming with Elephants Publications (SwEP) would like to invite you to participate in our second Chapbook Competition. SwEP is seeking previously unpublished manuscripts of poems 25-35 pages in length.  In celebration of National Poetry Month we are kicking off our poetry chapbook contest on April 29 , 2017.  The contest will culminate on June 30, 2017 and the winner will receive publication with SwEP, along with 50 copies of their chapbook.

This year our special guest judge is Jessica Helen Lopez.  The winning manuscript will be selected from a small group of finalists.  Open to writers across the country, the contest is facilitated as a blind submission via SwEP Submissions Manger. Additionally, all finalists will be considered further SwEP publications and features.

We are looking for well-crafted, visceral and daring material that promotes crossing physical/psychological/spiritual/gendered borderlands, therefore breaking boundaries and blurring the lines.   As per usual, Swimming with Elephants is looking for diverse voices and are particularly interested in poetry that promotes an innate intersectionality of social issues and a deep respect for humanity. We like our poetry achingly raw and true to who YOU are as a writer.


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The contest will be judged by special guest, Jessica Helen Lopez!

Special guest judge, ABQ City Poet Laureate, Emeritus, Jessica Helen Lopez. Lopez is the author of three poetry books, including cunt. bomb. and The Language of Bleeding: Poems for Festival Internacional de Poesia de Granada, Nicaragua as published by Swimming with Elephants Publications.  She is also the recipient of the Zia Book Award for her first poetry book, Always Messing with Them Boys (West End Press). A longtime active member of the ABQ Slam Team, she is a two-time ABQ Women of the World Slam Champion and a member of the 2016 National Group Piece Champion winning ABQ Slam Team.  A Pushcart Prize nominee, Lopez is also a Chautauqua Scholar and instructor for UNM Chican@ Studies Department and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

A Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman collective created for and by women and gender-identified women. Lopez is a Ted Talk speaker alumni and her talk is titled, Spoken Word Poetry that Tells HERstory. A featured poet on PBS Colores!, you may find some of Lopez’s work at these sites – thebakerypoetry.com, newmexicomercury.com, and asusjournal.org, drunkinamidnightchoir.org., Suspect Press, Somos Enscrito Latino Literary Journal, Casita Grande Press, etc. Her work has been anthologized in A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene (UNM Press), Earth Ships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection (NM Book Award Finalist she was also a co-editor), Tandem Lit Slam (San Francisco), Adobe Walls, Malpais Review, SLAB Literary Magazine, Courage Anthology: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Press) and Learn then Burn: A Modern Poetry Anthology for the Classroom, second ed. (Write Bloody Press).


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Coming Soon: Swimming with Elephants Publications Chapbook Competition

Time to polish up your writing and get ready to submit. Beginning at the end of April, Swimming with Elephants Publications will run it’s second chapbook competition.

Keep your eyes on the site and Facebook page to learn more about the specifics of the competition. In the meantime, get your manuscript polished and pick up some of our publications to get a good idea of how we operate, what we publish, and how our publications come together.

The contest will be judged by special guest, Jessica Helen Lopez!

Special guest judge, ABQ City Poet Laureate, Emeritus, Jessica Helen Lopez. Lopez is the author of three poetry books, including cunt. bomb. and The Language of Bleeding: Poems for Festival Internacional de Poesia de Granada, Nicaragua as published by Swimming with Elephants Publications.  She is also the recipient of the Zia Book Award for her first poetry book, Always Messing with Them Boys (West End Press). A longtime active member of the ABQ Slam Team, she is a two-time ABQ Women of the World Slam Champion and a member of the 2016 National Group Piece Champion winning ABQ Slam Team.  A Pushcart Prize nominee, Lopez is also a Chautauqua Scholar and instructor for UNM Chican@ Studies Department and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

A Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman collective created for and by women and gender-identified women. Lopez is a Ted Talk speaker alumni and her talk is titled, Spoken Word Poetry that Tells HERstory. A featured poet on PBS Colores!, you may find some of Lopez’s work at these sites – thebakerypoetry.com, newmexicomercury.com, and asusjournal.org, drunkinamidnightchoir.org., Suspect Press, Somos Enscrito Latino Literary Journal, Casita Grande Press, etc. Her work has been anthologized in A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene (UNM Press), Earth Ships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection (NM Book Award Finalist she was also a co-editor), Tandem Lit Slam (San Francisco), Adobe Walls, Malpais Review, SLAB Literary Magazine, Courage Anthology: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Press) and Learn then Burn: A Modern Poetry Anthology for the Classroom, second ed. (Write Bloody Press).