CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Call for submissions to the 2019 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2018), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the bpNichol Award Submission Form 2019), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, email address, and telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The opening date for receipt of submissions is Feb. 1, 2019, and they will be accepted until May 31, 2019. If submission confirmation has not been received by email by June 30, 2019, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl[at]interlog[dot]com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

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Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

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WINNER OF THE 2018 bpNICHOL CHAPBOOK AWARD: Chuqiao Yang, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep (Baseline Press)

The winner of the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award was announced at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market on November 17th in Toronto.

Judges Gillian Sze and Billy-Ray Belcourt selected:

Chuqiao Yang: Reunions in the Year of the Sheep (Baseline Press)

$4,000 was awarded to Chuqiao Yang as the author of the winning chapbook (thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor) and $500 was awarded to Karen Schindler as the publisher of Baseline Press (thanks to the generosity of writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora.)

The judges’ citation:

Chuqiao Yang’s Reunions in the Year of the Sheep boasts a voice that astonishes and shines with wisdom and intimacy. In this collection of lyric poems, Yang’s speakers struggle with the old culture and the new, duty and independence, familial expectation and self-determination. Her language leaps effortlessly between Chinese culture, classical mythology, and personal history. Anything can happen in these poems and nothing is out of bounds. Yang’s voice soars confidently and – to borrow the poet’s words – is ever “ready to catch the sky in wingtips and shadow.”

Chuqiao Yang gave a remarkable speech. Here it is:

Thank you so much for being here today.

I am humbled to be accepting this award in honour of bpNichol, who was an exceptional, touching and inventive writer and who, I am told, was also an incredibly kind and compassionate friend and human being. Thank you to the Meet the Presses Collective and the jurors, Gillian Sze and Billy-Ray Belcourt for reading my work and the work of my wonderful peers, Hollie Adams, Jake Byrne, Elee Kraljii Gardner and Canisia Lubrin. Thank you also to the editors and founders of all of the respective publishing houses involved in this process for your celebration of, and commitment to, the ongoing flourishment of a more diverse Canadian literary community. 

I have only endless gratitude and thanks for Karen Schindler of Baseline Press for taking a chance on me. Karen, if it was not for your beautiful attention to detail and your infinite amount of commitment and patience, I would not be here today. I will be eternally grateful for the artistic freedom and kindness you gifted me during this process and for the opportunities that have since opened up to me following the publication of Reunions in the Year of the Sheep.

Thank you to my mentor, Sylvia Legris for reading my work and for showing me what it means to love learning about poetry and language in general. She is a constant reminder and inspiration for what a poet can and should be. 

I’d like to also extend my thanks to the London and Ontario Arts Councils for their support of my work.   

In Chinese culture, your zodiac sign comes every 12 years. Your zodiac year is referred to as your “ben ming nian” in Mandarin. Based on the superstition, it’s a year of bad luck for you, a really intense year of significant change that tests your resilience. So, while other people born under different zodiac years are thriving during your ben ming nian, you may not be as much.

I was born in the Year of the Sheep. Traditionally sheep are not known for being leaders. We are known for being mild, timid, flippant, and frankly, we are often referred to as complacent followers. Growing up, I’d hear that a lot. It was the Year of the Sheep in 2015. The poems in Reunions in the Year of the Sheep were written during that time.

From what I’ve described, you can probably guess that the inspiration behind a lot of these poems came from a dark place.  2015 was the first time that I was forced to confront my complacency with respect to enforcing stereotypes about my identity as a Chinese-Canadian woman. Up until 2015, I bled into the narrative that was prescribed to me about my race and the limitations with respect to my capabilities. I didn’t really realize that until that point, a lot of the racism and sexism I endured led me to see myself as smaller than I really am.  I am still processing that.

The shame, guilt, imposter-syndrome and sense of worthlessness that came with that realization and the realization that a lot of the things I was doing at the time came from not really knowing who I was, led to very self-destructive, and self-hating period in my life. Reunions in the Year of the Sheep was an attempt to honestly examine where I came from and how I got there. From Beijing to Saskatoon to Ottawa to Windsor to Toronto. From being an awkward but happy kid to becoming an egotistical and pretty emotionally volatile teenager to finally entering some semblance of stability in my adulthood. This collection was a process of self-forgiveness and acceptance directed at the person I was, the person I am, and the person that I was becoming.

It was an endless series of thank yous, and I love yous to my friends, who were suffering or celebrating, or just existing and doing their best, with me. 

It was an extension and severance of my filial piety. My family is really the heart of everything I do and also the heart of everything that I must not necessarily be.

It was a reunion, in that I was trying to reconnect with people like my grandmother, who is also born in the Year of the Sheep.

It was also an apology and peace offering to everyone I at some point or the other said was dead to me. 

I’ll close by thanking my friends, my family, and my partner. You have all given me so much joy and love which has helped me move past the experiences that came with this collection. Thank you. 

Chuqiao (Teresa) Yang

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More information: the Meet the Presses Collective
www.meetthepresses.wordpress.com • 2meetthepresses@gmail.com

bpNichol Chapbook Award—FINALISTS!

FINALISTS

Hollie Adams: Deliver Me from Swedish Furniture (ZED Press)

Jake Byrne: The Tide (Rahila’s Ghost Press)

Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Trauma Head (Otter Press)

Canisia Lubrin: Augur (Gap Riot Press) 

Chuqiao Yang: Reunions in the Year of the Sheep (baseline press)

WINNER
to be announced at the Meet the Presses INDIE LIT MARKET

November 17th, 2pm
Trinity-St.-Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor St.  W.  Toronto

JUDGES

Gillian Sze is the author of several collections of poetry and chapbooks. Her most recent, Panicle (ECW Press, 2017), was described by Jen Sookfong Lee as a “collection of poems that are like jewel boxes: precise, specific and perfectly contained.” She has twice been a finalist for the QWF A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry and has previously served as a poetry judge for This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the National Magazine Awards. Sze studied Creative Writing and Literature at Concordia and earned a Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal. You can find out more about Gillian Sze here.

Billy-Ray Belcourt has published numerous poems and scholarly works publicly and in journals. His debut collection of poetry, This Wound is a World(Frontenac House, 2017) won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Book of Poetry in English. The Griffin judges’ citation describes This Wound is a World as “chart[ing] the constellations of queerness and indigeneity, rebellion and survival, desire and embodiedness.” Belcourt is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. You can find out more about Billy-Ray Belcourt here.

About the Award

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

ANNOUNCING THE 2018 FINALISTS FOR THE bpNichol CHAPBOOK AWARD

 

Hollie Adams, Deliver Me from Swedish Furniture (ZED Press)

Jake Byrne, The Tide (Rahila’s Ghost Press)

Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Trauma Head (Otter Press)

Canisia Lubrin, Augur (Gap Riot Press)

Chuqiao Yang, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep (baseline press)

Coming up on November 17th!

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Meet some of the most exciting indie publishers & magazines around! Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction! Books, chapbooks, broadsides, recordings! And plenty of stuff you’ll NEVER find in stores! And learn who won the bpNichol Chapbook Award!

This year’s press line-up includes:
above/ground, AngelHouse, Anstruther, Anvil, Augur, Baseline, Big Pond Rumours, The Blasted Tree, Book*hug, Brick Books, Buckrider, Canthius, Carousel, catkin, Coach House, Desert Pets, Gap Riot, Gesture, Grey Borders, Guernica, Impulse[b], Inspiritus, Invisible Publishing, Junction Books, knife|fork|book, Latitude 46, Loose Leaf, Mansfield, Pedlar, Penrose, Porcupine’s Quill, Project 40, Proper Tales, Puddles of Sky, Rampike, Red Iron/Imago, serif of nottingham, Simulacrum, Tree, Underwhich, Vallum, Wolsak & Wynn, words(on)pages, and many more to be added

And plenty more to be added!

The announcement of the winner of the $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award happens at 2:00 pm.

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 • 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West, Toronto M5S 1X7)
FREE ADMISSION!

Presented by the Meet the Presses Collective
www.meetthepresses.wordpress.com • 2meetthepresses@gmail.com

We Stand Behind Our Books! Literally.

Call for Submissions: 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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❡ Call for submissions to the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award ❡

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2017), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2018 Submission Form), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, email address, and telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The opening date for receipt of submissions is Feb. 1, 2018, and they will be accepted until May 31, 2018. If submission confirmation has not been received by email by June 30, 2018, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

*

Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

Sonnet L’Abbé wins $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Posted on November 18, 2017

Celebrating more than 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

TORONTO – November 18, 2017 – The Meet the Presses Collective announced today that Sonnet L’Abbé (Vancouver Island, British Columbia) has won the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Anima Canadensis published by Junction Books. This is the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook.

The prize was awarded at the 2017 Indie Literary Market, held at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto. In her acceptance speech for the $4,000 award, Sonnet L’Abbé stated:

My lyric verse has always searched for satisfying ways to put the experience of being an English-speaking, Canadian-born Black-Indo Caribbean/French woman into words on a page. Concrete and sound poetries, which bpNichol helped make such a strong tradition in Canada, expanded the number of ways I could do that. There’s definitely a bit of bp’s vibe in this chapbook! 

Thanks to a generous annual donation from Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher of the winning work, Junction Books, also received $500. Carleton Wilson remarked:

I am very excited that Sonnet’s excellent poetry is being honoured with the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award. It was a pleasure to work with Sonnet on her chapbook, and I thank her for trusting me to publish her work. Thank you, also, to the Meet the Presses collective for administering this award, and to the donors of the award.

Judges Helen Guri (Montreal, Quebec) and Hoa Nguyen (Toronto, Ontario) chose the prize finalists from over 60 submissions from across the country. This year’s other shortlisted poets are:

Dana Claxton. The Patient Storm. above/ground press
Doris Fiszer. The Binders. Tree Press
Stevie Howell. Summer. Desert Pets Press
Nanci Lee. Preparation. FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
Renee Sarojini Saklikar. After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees. above/ground press

Of Sonnet L’Abbé’s winning collection, the judges remarked:

“Junction Books’ exquisitely rendered publication of Sonnet L’Abbé’s Anima Canadensis begins as queries, a Permanent Residents’ Test. Rather than offering standard questions that situate and center ‘angloculture’—ones such as ‘who’s on the five dollar bill?’–L’Abbe’s test insists on an engagement with Indigeneity: Can we identify a particular native flower? Can we “prove [our] ability to love”? Inventing her own mode of wildcrafting, L’Abbe approaches with curiosity, tenderness, and contemporary imagination the question of what it means for us all—people, animals, plants, rocks, chemicals, technology, even bacteria—to be here together on this land at this moment in history. The result is a vision for accountability that nourishes and sustains, a transformation of relations that enriches.”

About the Prize:

Awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, the bpNichol Chapbook Award goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages – published in Canada in the previous year. The award is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol, who was the original co-judge of the award 30 years ago.

About Meet the Presses:

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The Indie Literary Market is a curated event that introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. The Collective is proud to administer the bpNichol Chapbook Award each year, supporting those who make the artistic choice to publish in chapbook form.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact:

                             Zarmina Rafi at rafi.zarmina@gmail.com

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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COMING UP! 18 NOVEMBER 2017!

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Meet some of the most exciting indie publishers & magazines around! Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction! Books, chapbooks, broadsides, recordings! And plenty of stuff you’ll NEVER find in stores! And learn who won the bpNichol Chapbook Award!

This year’s press line-up includes:
above/ground • Anstruther • Apt. 9 • Baseline • Big Pond Rumours • BookThug • Brick Books • Brick Journal • Canthius • Carousel • Coach House Books • Desert Pets • Dumagrad • Frog Hollow • Gesture Press • Imago Red Iron • Inspiritus • Invisible Publishing • Junction Books • knife fork book • learn/yeats & co • Loose Leaf • Mansfield Press • Metatron • Pedlar Press • Playwrights Canada Press • Porcupine’s Quill • Project 40 • Proper Tales Press • Puddles of Sky • Serif of Nottingham • Sherwood Press • Sunnyoutside • Taddle Creek • Underwhich Editions • Untethered • Vallum • Wolsak and Wynn • words (on) pages

And plenty more to be added!

The announcement of the winner of the $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award happens at 2:00 pm.

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 • 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West, Toronto M5S 1X7)
FREE ADMISSION!

Presented by the Meet the Presses Collective
www.meetthepresses.wordpress.com • 2meetthepresses@gmail.com

We Stand Behind Our Books! Literally.

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

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TORONTO – October 17, 2017 – Tonight, at a Toronto event paying tribute to the late poet bpNichol, the Meet the Presses collective announced the finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – in the estimation of the judges – published in Canada in the previous year and submitted for consideration. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, mentor, and micropress publisher bpNichol (1944–1988).

The $4,000 prize purse, donated by an anonymous benefactor, makes this the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook, specified as a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

Judges Helen Guri of Montréal, Québec, and Hoa Nguyen of Toronto, Ontario, chose the finalists from more than 60 submissions from across the country.

The finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Dana Claxton. The Patient Storm. above/ground press
Doris Fiszer. The Binders. Tree Press
Stevie Howell. Summer. Desert Pets Press
Sonnet L’Abbé. Anima Canadensis. Junction Books
Nanci Lee. Preparation. FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
Renee Sarojini Saklikar. After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees. above/ground press

The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on November 18, 2017, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, in Toronto. The Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, ephemera, and recordings generally not available in bookstores. The free event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

More details can be found at meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact the publicist for Meet the Presses: Zarmina Rafi at rafi.zarmina@gmail.com