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January 2, 2016

Results of Fall 2015 Open Reading Period

Happy New Year! We hope your celebrations have been safe and your football teams have been victorious. Steel Toe Books received 108 manuscripts during its fall 2015 open reading period. We are grateful to everyone who submitted, for giving us a chance to read your manuscripts, and for supporting our press by buying books by our authors.

We have just made a verbal agreement with Chrys Tobey of Portland, Oregon to publish her first full-length poetry collection, A Woman is a Woman is a Woman is a Woman. Ms. Tobey, a graduate of Antioch University’s MFA program, will be receiving a standard royalties contract including a $500 advance for this marvelous book, due to be published in early 2017. The poems in this book are powerful, honest, clear, and fun. Tobey has a wonderful imagination and an amazing flair for metaphor. Her poems can also be risqué; we felt at times like we were reading the kind of poems that Russell Edson and Kim Addonizio might write collaboratively. Some of them have previously been published in fine journals such as Atlanta Review, Margie, Rattle, The Minnesota Review, and Pearl. One of our favorites is “I am Pretending There Was No Restaurant,” first published in Ploughshares. Read it here.

We wish to make honorable mention of the following manuscripts that made it to the final round of readings:

The Anxious Class by Jacqueline Berger

Autobioerotica by Heidi Czerwiec

GHOST/LANDSCAPE by Kristina Marie Darling & John Gallaher

River Scar by Paul Martin

Love and Thievery by Jay Sizemore

A Year of Salt by Colby Cedar Smith

Interiors by Maura Stanton

Tuesday Marriage Death by Theodore Worozbyt

We could not have successfully waded through all of the submissions without the help of this year’s volunteer screeners, MA and MFA students at Western Kentucky University: Zach Adams, Leigh Cheak, David Gifford, Will Hollis, Conor Scruton, Erin Slaughter, and Lena Ziegler. Thanks to them for performing a task that often feels thankless.

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