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Slipstream Magazine is a yearly anthology of some of the best poetry you'll find today in the American small press. Slipstream 36, copyright 2016

A single issue of Slipstream costs $10 and generally consists of 75 to 100 pages of poetry, fiction and artwork. Subscriptions are $20 and include two issues of the magazine plus the two most recent chapbooks.

Founded in 1980, Slipstream features the work of both new and established writers. Charles Bukowski, Gerald Locklin, Wanda Coleman, Lyn Lifshin, David Chorlton, Jim Daniels, Ron Koertge, Sean Dougherty and Sherman Alexie are among the many writers whose work has appeared in the pages of Slipstream.
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Slipstream welcomes the submission of poetry, black & white photography and artwork throughout the year. All rights revert to author/artist upon publication and payment is one copy of the issue in which your work appears.

See our Submission & Contest GuidelinesNo E-Mail Submissions, please.

Call for Submissions - New Theme Issue: "The Road"

Slipstream is currently reading for Issue #37, which will be published in 2017. We seek poetry that explores the theme "the road." Creative interpretations are welcome. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file only. We also are seeking artwork for the issue. Please do not submit again until you have received a response on the status of your current submission.

Please refer to our Submission Guidelines to submit.

2016 Chapbook Contest Winner

Slipstream is pleased to announce that Francine Witte, of New York City, was selected as the winner of Slipstream's 2016 Poetry Chapbook Competition for her collection, Not All Fires Burn the Same. The award includes a $1,000 prize along with 50 copies of the book which is now available. All entrants in the competition receive a copy of the winning chapbook along with the latest issue of Slipstream magazine.

A former high school English teacher, Witte grew up in Queens, NY. She earned her MA in English/Creative Writing at SUNY Binghamton and her MFA in poetry at Vermont College. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Only, Not Only (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and First Rain (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), which won the Pecan Grove Press competition. She also authored the flash fiction chapbooks Cold June (Ropewalk Press), selected by Robert Olen Butler as the winner of the 2010 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, and The Wind Twirls Everything (Musclehead Press).

Slipstream is currently accepting poetry manuscripts of up to 40 pages for the 2017 contest with a deadline set for December 1, 2016.

For more information: Contest Guidelines

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Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest

Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Contest The annual Slipstream poetry contest offers a $1,000 prize plus 50 professionally-printed copies of your book. Deadline is Dec. 1 every year. Everyone who enters the poetry contest receives a copy of the winning chapbook plus one complimentary issue of Slipstream magazine.

The winner of the contest is typically announced in late spring/early summer. The book and author are featured prominently on the Slipstream website for one year, as well as in all Slipstream catalogs, press releases, and promotional materials.

Winning chapbooks are submitted by Slipstream for review by various national and international poetry/writing publications and may also be featured in the Grants and Awards section of Poets & Writers magazine

Send up to 40 pages of poetry: any style, format, or theme.

For additional details click here: Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Contest

2015 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Contest Winner

The Function of Sadness, by Neil Carpathios The winner of the 2015 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Competition was Neil Carpathios of Portsmouth, Ohio, for his collection of poems entitled "The Function of Sadness."
Neil Carpathios is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Playground of Flesh (Main Street Rag), At the Axis of Imponderables (winner of the Quercus Review Press Book Award), and Beyond the Bones (FutureCycle Press). He is the editor of the anthology, Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2015).

Neil Carpathios His newspaper column, "Let's Talk Poetry," appears weekly in the Portsmouth Daily Times and online, and strives to showcase the works of poets in southern Ohio and around the country. He is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

John Skoyles, author of A Little Faith, Permanent Change, Definition of the Soul and The Situation, writes: "In The Function of Sadness, Neil Carpathios introduces us to his world, a world familiar to most alert citizens, but one that usually makes us avert our eyes: the maimed, the desolate, the abandoned and those who just plain hurt. In poem after exquisite poem, he makes their traumas ours, and unites us to all things frail and mortal."

All poets who enter the Slipstream competition receive a complimentary copy of the winning chapbook along with the latest issue of Slipstream magazine.

Nicole Antonio, of Oakland, California, was the winner of Slipstream's 2014 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Nicole received a $1,000 prize, along with 50 copies of her chapbook, which is titled Another Mistake.

Nicole AntonioNicole Antonio studied poetry and screen writing at the University of Southern California, obtaining both her Bachelor's in English and Master's in Professional Writing. Her work has appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Watershed, and The Truth About the Fact. After serving as the Editor in Chief for the USC's Southern California Review, she moved north and now lives in Oakland.

About Another Mistake, Amy Gerstler, author of Dearest Creature and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, writes: "Another Mistake is a powerhouse chapbook. This is a hyper-awake, penetrating, gritty, humane, fearless literary voice. Each of these poems displays exemplary control of the pressurized energies at its core. Another Mistake bears fresh, deeply affecting witness to the speed at which Nicole's generation lives, loves, hooks up, slaves and suffers. Our need to embrace dark urges and our fucked up origins, to understand and master pleasure and pain, to be wildly alive but also to face the music, it's all here, articulated with the perfect mix of distance and immediacy. I am an avid fan who hopes a full-length collection is in the pipeline."

David St. John, author of The Window and co-editor of American Hybrid, writes: "Nicole Antonio's chapbook, Another Mistake, is an absolutely breath-taking collection. These poems are urgent and immediate, visceral and gripping. There is an exquisite delicacy to Nicole Antonio's poetry that is also both muscular and provocative as well. Don't miss this poet or her remarkable, knock-out debut."
John Cullen The 2013 Slipstream Chapbook Contest winner was John Cullen, of Big Rapids, Michigan, for his collection of poetry entitled Town Crazy.

About Town Crazy, Rebecca Clever, Editor/Publisher of Blast Furnace writes: "Town Crazy makes intimate the seemingly ordinary, giving face to the pay-no-minds: a brotherhood of "have-nots" pitching in to hold one man's line in an unnamed fishing village; an eccentric antique dealer selling wares off a dirt road highway exit; a disturbed man playing bird above the public square; a bible-reading bait shop cashier bestowing her best wishes; the little pockets of Michigan that poet John Cullen has refused to ignore. I love this collection of meticulous meditations that are, simultaneously, startling and wise."

Michele Lesko, Editor of IthacaLit writes: "We all experience the daily, where there is "little romance," yet we continue to cast about for the sweet spot in a moment's gamble and relief. These are the poems of living—living with hope, living with crazy, living among the lost and the forsaken, always alive to experience life's essence."

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