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THE SECOND FROG HOLLOW PRESS
CHAPBOOK CONTEST

NO FEES – OPEN TO EVERYONE
SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED APRIL 1 TO JUNE 30, 2016
NO SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED AFTER JUNE 30TH
WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

read carefully – rules will apply

In 2003, I sent an unsolicited manuscript to Frog Hollow Press as part of their inaugural chapbook contest. I won, and The Beaten-Down Elegies was my first substantial publication. As I look back, I recognize how incredibly lucky I was: the type was letterpress, the interior image of a barn was hand-coloured, and the physical object had an earthy tactility (a brown, corrugated St Armand cover).

I was spoiled that first time out, but the spoils continued for me based on my continuing association with Frog Hollow Press. I soon became editor of the press and was able to work with young and established Canadian talent. I developed unique book series in collaboration with Caryl, some of which involved selected poem volumes with a specific focus, a monograph series by poets who have a tremendous affective identification with their chosen subject, and various radical anthologization projects. We just keep creating at Frog Hollow!

But there's been a noted absence of strong manuscript submissions at the press since I began actively soliciting them in person a few years ago. Though we still receive blind submissions (and this is the preferred way! If you don't know me personally and are using social media to befriend me before submitting a ms, piss off!) and though some of these are taken by the press, we get too few of them.

Perhaps my favourite thing as an editor is to encounter the unprecedented, unexpected manuscript. I love that experience, and the reason is that my life changed for the better when I won the contest. Publishing The Beaten-Down Elegies transformed my life and this is the attitude I infectiously carry whenever I publish a new, unsolicited manuscript — I hope it changes the life of the newly published poet to the same extent.

To address the relative lack of unsolicited submissions at Frog Hollow, we’ve decided to run our contest for the second time. We do it every decade or so! To enter, please send us an email — send it to carylpeters@telus.net with your name and the title of your manuscript only. Include an attachment (as a .doc file) containing your manuscript AND the manuscript title.

We recommend that your attached manuscript be 30 .doc pages or less.

……………………………IMPORTANT……………………………………

DO NOT include publication credits for the poems you send.
DO NOT identify yourself on the attached manuscript else we will throw it out ­
  we insist that the winning chapbook is one that is absolutely unknown to us.
DO identify yourself in the email letter (not in the attachment)
DO include the manuscript title in the email (and in the attachment)
There is no submission fee. There was none when I submitted! We might not
letterpress anymore, but we still make beautiful books and we hope we can change
your life.

—SHANE NEILSON



2016 TITLES — NEW & FORTHCOMING

Brotherly Love
Poetry chapbook by Annick MacAskill

Taking off from recent discoveries, Annick MacAskill creates an alternate, imaginative history-in-poetry involving Sappho and her lesser-known sibling, Charaxos, creating a poetic epistolary conversation that is sharp in image and steeped in wry tenderness. MacAskill is a new voice that animates an ache across the centuries.

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 44 pp.

Edition of 125 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-32-4 — Price $20.



Distributaries
Poetry chapbook by Laura McRae

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 44 pages. Edition of 125 numbered copies.

ISBN 978-1-926948-35-5 — Price & other details tba — Due summer 2016.



Loid
Poetry chapbook by Danny Jacobs
Artwork by Jesse Jacobs

Danny Jacobs already has a reputation as a poet with an impeccable sonic sense. In Loid, Jacobs builds upon his skill with sound and writes poems with heart, formal elegance, and structure. This chapbook suggests his next full-length collection will be unstoppable. Frog Hollow watches this New Brunswicker with real pride!

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. Edition of 125 numbered copies.

ISBN 978-1-926948-30-0 — Price $18



Nobody’s Empire
Poetry chapbook by Nathaniel G. Moore

Nathaniel Moore offers readers his trademark poignant nostalgia: love as an adolescent, undercut by goofball and tragic humour. Frog Hollow Press is proud to present this veteran poet in a disciplined way, with Moore's beautiful excess of antique pop imagery and jokes steadily doing the work of poetry.

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and bound into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 28 pp. Edition of 125 numbered copies.

ISBN 978-1-926948-33-1 — Price $12.50



The City Series: number four — Edmonton
Claire Kelly, editor

Printed on 70 lb. paper and Saddle Stitched (stapled) into a full colour cover. 40 pp. Edition of 150 numbered copies

ISBN 978-1-926948-34-8 — Price $10.00 (incl. postage) — Due summer 2016.



The City Series: number three — Toronto
Jess Taylor, editor

The Poets:
Eric Bennett — Michelle Brown — Vincent Colistro — Nicole Grimaldi — Canisia Lubrin — F.A. Meier — Hannah Peck — Andrew Williams — Magdalena Wolak — Catriona Wright

Printed on 70 lb. paper and Saddle Stitched (stapled) into a full colour cover. 40 pp. Edition of 150 numbered copies.

ISBN 978-1-926948-31-7 — Price $10.00 (incl. postage).

See also

The City Series: number two — Fredericton
Rebecca Salazar, editor

The City Series: number one — Vancouver
Michael Prior, editor

And coming soon:

The City Series: number four — Edmonton
Claire Kelly, editor



The City Series: number two - Fredericton
Rebecca Salazar, Guest Editor

The Poets:
Carson Butts – allison calvern – Benjamin Dugdale – Katie Fewster-Yan – Jennifer Houle – Lisa Jodoin – Micheal Meagher – Patrick O’Reilly –Noah Page – Hayden Wheeler

Printed on 70 lb. paper and Saddle Stitched (stapled) into a full colour cover. 40 pp. Edition of 150 numbered copies.

ISBN 978-1-926948-28-7 – Price $10.00 (incl. postage)



The City Series: number one – Vancouver
Michael Prior, Guest Editor

The Poets:
Emily Chou – Emily Davidson – Ruth Daniell - Sugar le Fae – Megan Jones – Darius Kinney - Alesandra Naccarato – Shazia Hafiz Ramji - Laura Ritland – Shaun Robinson

Wunderkind Michael Prior assembles together ten Vancouver poets who are all unpublished in book or chapbook form. He has sought out talented people whose verse somehow represents his city's poetic and introduced that poetic in personal prose. The poets in The City Series: Vancouver constitute a cross-section of poetry that is diverse, brainy, and emotional, upending stereotypes about Vancouver as a poetry-town.

Printed on 70 lb. paper and Saddle Stitched (stapled) into a full colour cover. 40 pp. Edition of 150 numbered copies

Reviewed in Maisonneuve Magazine.

ISBN 978-1-926948-26-3 — Price $10.00 (incl. postage)



2015 TITLES

Milk Teeth
Poetry chapbook by Daniel Kincade Renton
Artwork by Eva Brannen

Dan Renton's long-awaited chapbook debut (by everyone, especially us!). Like Michael Prior, Renton appears with Frog Hollow as fully-formed poet: formal, or fun, or menacing, Renton seems to have perfected the art of leaving audiences wanting more (including us!)

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 40 pp.

Edition of 125 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-27-0 — Price $18



The Child Alone
The Kid Series: volume two

Brian Bartlett, editor
Artwork by Laura Bartlett

This second volume will focus on “poems about childhood without a parental point-of-view.”

The Poets:
Margaret Avison –Tim Bowling – Alice Burdick – Don Coles – Nancy Holmes – M. Travis Lane – Irving Layton – Ross Leckie – Dennis Lee – Sharon McCartney – Carmelita McGrath – Don McKay – Eric Miller – Vanessa Moeller – Alden Nowlan – Eric Ormsby – P. K. Page – James Reaney – Robyn Sarah – Eleonore Schφnmaier – Carmine Starnino – Bruce Taylor – Susan Telfer – Patrick Warner

The Kid Series evolves, in this instance with Brian Bartlett selecting poems that involve the theme and subject of childhood, and with the requisite series twist: these poems feature a child-consciousness without the overwhelming presence of a parent speaker. To introduce the volume, Brian has written a superb essay that contextualizes the "kid poem" in Canada and also establishes his own personal vision of the form.

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 78 pp.

Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
ISBN 978-1-926948-21-8 — Price $22


See also

The Kid Series — volume 1

Play: Poems About Childhood
The Kid Series: volume one

Shane Neilson, editor

Poems by: Acorn - Babstock - Barwin - Beaulieu - Besner - Betts - Bok - Callanan - Christakos - Clarke - Clifford - Ferguson - Heighton - Holbrook - Johnstone - Jordon - Lane - Letourneau - Lush - Moritz - Nichol - Nowlan - Sampson - Thran - Wells

ISBN 978­1­926948­18­8 — Price $22.
(see catalogue for further details)



How Thought Feels: the poetry of M.Travis Lane
Literary Criticism Monograph: number five
Shane Neilson, editor
Essays by Jan Zwicky,
Jeanette Lynes
and Shane Neilson


Travis Lane is a sorely neglected poet from New Brunswick. With over fifteen books of poetry published, her poetry has sung largely out of earshot of the Canadian poetry establishment. She is also a humble woman and did not grab the megaphone to force people to listen. In How Thought Feels, Frog Hollow Press grabs the megaphone. Celebrated poet, philosopher, and essayist Jan Zwicky considers Lane's poetics; Jeanette Lynes situates Lane in the ecopoetics tradition; and Shane Neilson considers demographic and thematic factors (especially Lane's superlative moral-ethical-spiritual work) which reinforce Lane's ongoing neglect. Because Lane has served as a poetry reviewer for over fifty years, and because her prose is the spiritual antecedent to the critical prose in this volume, How Thought Feels provides a complete prose bibliography on Lane as well as two unique compiled long poems that scavenge elements from Travis' poetry to make for a coherent statement upon Lane's central concerns as poet.

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. Other details to follow.

Edition of 150 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-23-2 — Price $27.50.


See also

Literary Criticism monographs 3 and 4
(see catalogue for further details):

Living in the Orchard: the Poetry of Peter Sanger
Literary Criticism Monograph: number four
by Amanda Jernigan
Artwork by John Haney
ISBN 978-1-926948-15-7 #&8212; Price $22.

Dr. Acorn or: How I Joined the Canadian Liberation Movement and Learned to Love the Stern Nurse Fusion-Bomb
Literary Criticism Monograph: number 3
by Shane Neilson
ISBN 978-1-926948-12-6 #&8212; Price $17.50



Crito di Volta (I-IV, VII and XIII)
Poetry by Marc di Saverio

Marc Di Saverio has applied his preternatural poetic abilities to the epic form. Frog Hollow Press is proud to present completed poem-fragments from the beginning of Crito Di Volta, Marc's epic, a blistering work meant to change the way mental illness is perceived in Canada. Marc's own art illustrates the poems.

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 36 pp.

Edition of 125 numbered copies.
ISBN 978-1-926948-29-4 — Price $20



Factory
Poetry chapbook by Robert Colman

Rob Colman embraces the theme of factory work and industrial decline to create a poetics of parts. These parts work together to create a kind of found, cut life that mocks white collar hypocrisy as much as it satirizes the empty pleasures of sex. In the end, this impressive collection seems to say, there is only verisimilitude and the real pleasure of form.

Edition of 100 copies
ISBN 978-1-926948-25-6 — Price $18



OTHER PRESS NEWS — SCROLLS

David Seymour, With Love, Jan
SCROLL SERIES: NUMBER ONE

Jeffery Donaldson, Slack Action
SCROLL SERIES: NUMBER TWO

Natalie Helberg, dearest Naoko, who said horseshit is astronomical
SCROLL SERIES: NUMBER THREE

These long poem Scrolls are printed with pigment inks on archival and acid-free Zerkall Ingres paper and measure approximately 16.5 x 23.4 inches each.
Each is printed in a numbered, limited edition of 10 copies.



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