2014 Consultations


Registration opens December 2, 2013 - Click here to get to online registration.


Registration for informal pitch sessions will be available at the Conference starting Sunday, July 13 at registration.


Pitch sessions with Nancy Naomi Carlson, associate editor with Tupelo Press



Nancy Naomi Carlson

Nancy Naomi Carlson has been an associate editor for Tupelo Press for over 14 years, as well as a senior editor for Tupelo Quarterly. In addition, she is an editor for Blue Lyra Review. As an instructor at the Bethesda Writer’s Center, Nancy teaches “Getting Published: Hands-on Practical Advice,” and has helped writers in all genres get published.
Nancy has published two chapbooks and a collection of poetry, as well as the critically acclaimed Stone Lyre: Poems of René Char. Two additional books are forthcoming in 2015, including one published by Seagull Books/ University of Chicago Press. Awarded a literature translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she has also received grants from the Maryland Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Agni, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Puerto del Sol.    
Tupelo Press is an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation by emerging and established writers. What we look for is a blend of urgency of language, imagination, distinctiveness, and craft, as well as a willingness to take risks, an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience, and musical approaches to language. What we produce and how we produce it — from design to printing to paper quality — honors the writing in books which boast the uniquely sensual look and feel of a Tupelo Press book.
Tupelo Press offers several open poetry competitions, including our First/Second Book Award ($3000 prize), the Snowbound Chapbook Award ($1000 prize), the Dorset Prize ($3000 prize), and the Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize. Throughout July, Tupelo Press welcomes open submissions for book-length poetry collections (48-90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (20-47 pages).
Tupelo Press reads submissions of prose manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction) year-round, including novels, novellas, short story collections, essays, and memoir. Translation submissions are also accepted year-round, but we are mainly interested in writers from non-European countries.
Tupelo Press does not publish cook books, children's books, inspirational books, graphic novels, or religious books. We do not accept emailed manuscripts for any contest, reading period, or submission opportunity. Before submitting an entry to Tupelo Press, please explore the work of writers we have published, as well as our guidelines, which can be found at www.tupelopress.org.

Tupelo Quarterly, a new literary journal publishing poetry, prose, and translations in electronic format, extends and expands upon the vision of Tupelo Press, publishing work by emerging and established writers and artists of many sensibilities and styles. Electronic issues are published quarterly on 10/15, 1/15, 4/15, and 7/15 yearly, with a “Best of TQ” anthology planned for a yearly print publication. Poetry and prose contests alternate quarterly. Tupelo Quarterly cultivates generous artistic community, celebrates intellectual curiosity and creative risk, and presumes abundance. We hold the gate open, not closed. For more information and a sense of what we want, please visit www.tupeloquarterly.com.


What to bring to your free consultation:

For individual poems/translations, bring a three-page sample.

For poetry/translation manuscripts, bring the table of contents and a three-page sample.

For individual pieces of prose, bring a three-page sample.

For prose manuscripts, bring a plot synopsis/table of contents and a three-page sample.



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