Publisher: Four Way Books Oct 9, 2008 9:04:12 GMT 2
Post by shayepoet on Oct 9, 2008 9:04:12 GMT 2
Four Way Books
Description of the press and its mission:Four Way Books is an independent literary non profit press which is dedicated to publishing poetry and short fiction by emerging and established writers. The press also sponsors a reading series in NYC for writers from around the country (Four Way affiliated or not), and a residency program which sends one of our writers for a month-long residency each spring to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown MA.
Year press began:1993, with first books in 1995
Awards received by your press and its authors:Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America; 3 Greenwall Prizes from The Academy of American Poets. Our authors are recipients of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, The Whiting Writers Award, The Wytter Bynner Award, The Rome Prize, The Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf poetry fellowships, fellowhips from state arts councils, and other awards and fellowships.
Open to unsolicited submissions?Yes. see our guidelines for submissions guidelines.
Submission period:Generally from June 1-June 30 for open submission; from Jan1-March 31 for contest. We read throughout the year if we are able to. See our website and query first.
Guidelines for submitting:See our guidelines posted clearly on our website.
What the press really wants to see in manuscripts:Accessible writing; charged and inventive language.
What makes the press cringe?For poetry, doggerel, poems in the shapes of pears and apples. A hodge podge of poems -- the feeling that the book is a compilation of all the poems the poet has ever written. Poems that may have spectacular language but are impossible to follow.
For fiction, gymnastic language that doesn't allow the reader access.
Contests:We run the Intro Prize for first books of poetry every even year and the Levis Prize for all poets, regardless of publication history, every odd year. Please refer to our guidelines. We post our guidelines for the contest every December. Submission is Jan1-March 31 by email or regular mail.
Number of books published in past year:We publish 6-8 books each year
Average press run:1000
Distributor:University Press of New England
Book Promotions:We have a publicist who works with each author on plotting the course for publicity of her/his book. We arrange readings, we have launches, we run a reading series, we run ads, send out review copies, enter contests, send out press releases, etc.
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