Monday, May 04, 2009

Ringing Video Contest

Kitchen Press is now accepting submissions of short home-made videos to accompany individual poems from Rauan Klassnik's on-line chapbook "Ringing"

The six winning videos will be posted on the Ringing website and the six winning authors (video makers) will receive their choice of either one Black Ocean book or two Kitchen Press chapbooks (subject to availability) shipped to a U.S. address.

Deadline: June 15, 2009 (winners to be announced and videos posted to website shortly thereafter).

Rules: there are no rules.

Guidelines and Preferences:

1- send all inquiries and submissions to ringingvideo(at)yahoo.com

2- Three or less videos per submission

3- One Video per email. So, if you're submitting 2 videos please send 2 emails.

4- Each Video should correspond to an individual Ringing poem. (There are 19 of them, including cover poem, Death Poems, End-Page poem)

5- Each Video should incorporate, in some form, the words of its corresponding poem

6- If you would like us to send you the mp3 file(s) of Rauan reading one or more of the poems please send an inquiry. You can listen to these on the Ringing website.

7- Since the Ringing poems are short (and the mp3 files of Rauan reading them range from 5-22 seconds only) we'd prefer short videos.

8- All levels of sophistication are welcome

2 Comments:

At 2:34 AM, Blogger dick said...

Presumably you don't accept unsolicited manuscripts or you'd say so on your sidebar.

Shame if not. It's a tough world for you guys, I know, but tough for us too. Here are some interesting stats I compiled recently:

OUT OF A LIST OF 168 POETRY PUBLISHERS, 10 WERE DEFUNCT AND THE OTHER 156 EITHER HAD NO INFORMATION ABOUT SUBMISSION POLICY OR WERE NOT ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED MSS. 2 PUBLISHERS ACCEPTED UNSOLICITED MSS.

SINCE RESEARCHING THIS TWO MONTHS AGO, TWO MORE PUBLISHERS ARE CLOSED TO UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS.

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger Kitchen Press said...

hi, dick,

no, i don't accept unsolicited manuscripts. it says so right in the top masthead of this blog.

and here's why: i have a full time job, twin 6 month old babies and my own writing to try and squeeze in. i hardly have time to work on the manuscripts i do solicit, much less read a slush pile.

basically, it would be unfair to myself and the poets submitting their manuscripts for me take unsolicited manuscripts. by the time i read them and made a choice on what to publish, then actually published, a year or more could easily have gone by.

i understand your frustration. it's part of why i started kitchen press. but if you're so frustrated by the situation, why start your own press?

one final thought: i bristle at your us/them split between poets and publishers. every single publisher i know in the small press world is also a writer. so, it's a tough world for everyone.

 

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