Entry Guidelines for TigerBee's
Kelsey Blair Paulus Memorial Award
TigerBee Press is thrilled to announce our first ever writing contest: The Blair Award, in memory of Kelsey Blair Paulus. The award winner will receive an honorarium of $1000 and potential publication through TigerBee. (The honorarium is not dependent upon entering into a contract for publication.)
JUDGES: TigerBee co-founder Charlotte Shane and author Davey Davis are the judges and will select the winning entry. Information about entrants will not be shared with anyone outside of TigerBee.
ELIGIBILITY: We welcome submissions by current or former sex workers at any stage in their writing career. Manuscripts must be unpublished book-length works of prose, poetry, or multi-genre work. Previously published poems, essays, etc. may be included, but the majority of the manuscript (51%) must be unpublished. Please disclose which portions have been previously published, and where, in your email entry. The work itself does not need to be "about" sex work.
SIMULTANEOUS OR MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions. One author may submit only one work. If a manuscript is collaborative, it serves as the single submission for each contributor.
FORMAT: Suggested length is 70 to 200 pages. Substantially shorter or substantially longer manuscripts will not be considered.
REVISIONS: We are not able to accept revisions during the reading period, but if the work is to be published (upon mutual agreement of author and TigerBee Press,) the manuscript would go through a revision process in advance of publication.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Send a PDF, Google doc, or Word file to email@example.com with a paragraph or more of introduction, telling us a little (or a lot) about yourself—whatever you care to share. All information will remain confidential, be destroyed following selection of the winner, and used only in the context of The Blair Award judging process.
CONFIDENTIALITY CONCERNS: If you are disclosing sensitive personal information, we recommend you use encrypted email on your end and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org instead of using our usual email address. (Protonmail is a free service.)
ENTRY FEE: none
The submission period begins on October 7, 2019.
The deadline/close of submissions is November 4, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.
The winning manuscript will be announced no later than December 31, 2019.
We commit to follow the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics:
CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.