KORE Press Fiction Prize and Open Submissions (Kate Bernheimer, editor of the Fairy Tale Review, is judging the prize!) — Open to female-identified writers

Kore Press: Publishing Women Since 1993

Kore Press stands with Boston. 
Kore Press is accepting manuscripts for the 2013 Short Fiction Award & Open Submissions, through April 30, 2013!

2013 Kore Press Short Fiction Judge: 

Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer, American fairy-tale writer, scholar, and editor, teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” by Tin House, and is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the final novel in a trilogy, The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold. A new story collection, How a Mother Weaned a Girl from Fairy Tales, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2014. She also edits fabulist anthologies including the World Fantasy Award-winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, with her fourth anthology, xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths, forthcoming from Penguin this year. 

2013 Open Submissions Deadline: April 30
We want your manuscripts! We want to read them, and when we say read, we mean it. At Kore Press, we’ve established a long tradition of close-reading the manuscripts we receive during our Open Submissions period in order to provide honest, thoughtful, useful feedback to you, their creators. As a press dedicated to literary excellence and contemporary writing by women, we know that providing the opportunity for publication is only the first step. Writers need-and deserve-careful consideration of their work.


This is why you owe it to yourself to spend the next couple of weekend revising the words into which you’ve already poured so much of yourself. Don’t worry, we’ve extended the deadline til the end of April. This gives you plenty of time to write, revise, and write some more! The last day we can accept submissions is April 30th and our editorial panel (newly committed to responding to all submissions by end of June) anxiously awaits your work. 


“THANK YOU so much for these
carefulwise and
spot-on comments.”
open submissions writer

Great Deals for Short Fiction Writers

 The reading fee for Kore’s Short Fiction Award is  $15, but for $20, $35, or $45 through April 30, your reading fee will be covered AND you will receive 1, 3, or all 5 previous Short Fiction winners, respectively. Place your order here  

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2011 Winner:

The Death of Carrie Bradshaw 
selected by Antonya Nelson




2010 Winner:
All Sorts of Hunger by 
selected by Leslie Marmon Silko


See all Short Fiction Award winners here

Na Po Mo Deal!
 Buy Carolyn Hembree’s Skinny, Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent, Jennifer Barber’s Given Away or Reading Emily Dickinson in Icelandic by Eva Heisler, and shipping is on the house.

New Fiction Deadline: April 30, 2013 
 4,000 to 12,000 words, $15 fee

Open to female-identified writers writing in English, the 2013 Kore Press Short Fiction Award is a fantastic opportunity for new & emerging writers to have their manuscripts read by a panel of six diverse editors dedicated to contemporary writing by women. 


The winner, selected by Kate Bernheimer, receives publication by Kore Press and a $1000 prize. Full guidelines here.

Kore Press’ Open Submissions Editorial Team
We are super grateful to have such talented and generous writers, dedicated to helping other women writers, on the Kore editorial team.
Shout out to the 2012 reader-editors!

Victoria Chang

Kara Waite

Stephanie Balzer

Erin Wilcox

Aisha Sloan

TaraShea Nesbit

Meagan Lehr

Patricia Grace King

Frankie Rollins

Lisa O’Neil

Emily Jeanes

Ann Dernier

Andi Werblin

Deborah Fries

Ashaki Jackson

Maria Eliades

Raha Namy 

Joni Wallace

Natalie Diaz 

Rebecca Seiferle 




Recent Works Published from Open Submissions 

and a deal for open subs writers

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Reading Emily   

Reading Emily Dickinson in Icelandic poems by Eva Heisler 


“Heisler seems to ask whether the act of translation is, in fact, the ultimate act of the poet.” –Sam Ace


Get Reading Emily for $13 + $2 off shipping ($5 savings) when you send a ms to Open Submissions!  

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Dead Meander

 essays by Adria Bernardi


“Bernardi’s is an astonishing, excruciating awareness capable of brilliantly evoking what consciousness endures when the body–whether one’s own, a child’s, or the body politic–is under assault.”– Eleanor Wilner


Get Dead Meander for $15 + $2 off shipping ($5 savings) when you send a ms to Open Submissions!