•                                  Kallisto Gaia Press 

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Welcome to Kallisto Gaia Press, home of "The Ocotillo Review"  and "The Texas Poetry Calendar". We are a nonprofit literary organization supporting writers at all stages of their careers. Although we welcome experimental or unusual approaches to literature, our goal is to promote finely crafted work with an expressive and meaningful voice. We pay our contributors upon publication because we feel that too much art is taken for granted. Thank you for supporting Kallisto Gaia Press.  

THE OCOTILLO REVIEW 

>>>The Ocotillo Review will accept submissions of poetry, short fiction, creative or narrative nonfiction, and flash fiction from January 15 through March 31 and August 15 through October 31 annually. 

_ All work must be original and unpublished. Work posted on blogs, social media, or your neighborhood newsletter are considered published. 

_ We accept submissions through Submittable. Email and snail mail submissions will not be considered. Fee-free submissions are accepted during the first ten days of our reading period only

_ Do NOT put your name or other identifying info on the document or in the submission title. 

_ Multiple submissions or submissions in multiple categories are acceptable as long as the reading fee is paid for each category. 

_ Please format your submission using a 12pt Times New Roman font.

_ We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including submissions partly or entirely in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. Please include an English translation. 

_ See specific guidelines for each genre. Failure to adhere to guidelines may disqualify the submission. Reading fees are not refundable. 

_  We accept simultaneous submissions for The Ocotillo Review with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere. 

_ Do not include images or drawings.  

_ Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first serial rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication. Published submissions will receive payment via PayPal.

_ The $3 reading fee helps underwrite our contributors. We appreciate your understanding.

TEXAS POETRY CALENDAR

>>>The Texas Poetry Calendar has been an iconic staple of the poetry community in Texas since 1998, publishing Texas Poets Laureate and Pushcart winners alongside emerging poets from the vast cultural diaspora culminating in this great state. Submissions are accepted annually from December 1 through February 20 of the following year. 

_Submit 1-3 poems in a single document. Begin each poem on a separate page. Do not make more than one submission per year.

_Limit poems to 35 lines including title and spaces. We recommend submitting at least 1 short poem of 10 lines or less. We welcome haiku, tanka, and other short forms.

_Do not put your name or other identifying info in the document or the submission title.

_Use 12pt Times New Roman font - single spaced with a double space between stanzas.

_Your poems should have a Texas connection. We interpret this broadly.

_We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including poems partly or entirely in Spanish. Please include an English translation.

_No previously published poems - print or online - will be accepted. This includes poems posted on personal websites or social network pages or groups.

_We do not accept simultaneous submissions for the Texas Poetry Calendar.

_Please include a maximum 50 word third-person bio providing specific info about awards or publishing credits.

_ All work accepted for publication will receive $25 per poem.

_Your $5 reading fee underwrites the poets we publish. Fee-free submissions are accepted at any of our events and during the first ten days of our submission window.


SUMMER WRITING CONTESTS!

Kallisto Gaia Press announces two contests. The submission opportunities for both contests open on May 1st and close at midnight CDT.

 Deadline extended through August 31, 2020

The Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize winner will receive $1000.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review for a poem of 65 lines or less. All contestants will receive a copy of the journal and their entries will be considered for publication.

_Submit 1-3 poems in a single document per entry. Begin each poem on a separate page. Limit poems to 65 lines including title and spaces. Entries should not exceed 10 pages.

_There is a $20.00 fee per entry. Poets may submit multiple entries by paying additional entry fees.

_Do not put your name or other identifying info on the document or in the submission title.  

_Please submit your work as a Word doc. or docx. in 12pt Times New Roman font - single spaced with a double space between stanzas.    

_We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including poems partly or entirely in Spanish. Please include an English translation. 

 _No previously published poems - print or online - will be accepted. This includes poems posted on personal websites or social network pages or groups.  

_We will accept simultaneous submissions for the Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize with the understanding that any poem published elsewhere will be withdrawn immediately. 

 _Please include a maximum 50 word bio providing specific info about awards or publishing credits. 

_Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees will be refunded.


The Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize winner will receive $1000.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter Edition for a story between 800 and 4200 words. All contestants will receive a copy of the journal and their entries will be considered for publication.

 Deadline extended through August 31, 2020 CDT

_There is a $20.00 fee per entry. Contestants may submit multiple entries by paying additional entry fees.  

_Do not put your name or other identifying info on the document or in the submission title.    

_Please submit your work as a Word doc. or docx. in 12pt Times New Roman font - double spaced.      

_We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including stories partly or entirely in Spanish. Please include an English translation.    

_No previously published stories - print or online - will be accepted. This includes work posted on personal websites or social network pages or groups.  

_We will accept simultaneous submissions for the Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize with the understanding that any story published elsewhere will be withdrawn immediately.    

_Please include a 50-75 word bio providing specific info about awards or publishing credits.   

_Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees will be refunded.

SAGUARO POETRY PRIZE 

(formerly The Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Prize)

_Entry fee is $25.00. All who enter will receive a copy of the winning chapbook.

_Please submit 28 to 48 pages of contemporary poetry, not including title page and Table of Contents. Winner will receive $1200, publication by Kallisto Gaia Press, 20 copies of the chapbook,  and up to 20 ARCs to be sent to reviewers and award sponsors chosen by the winner. Submission window opens on September 15, annually and closes at midnight CST on December 31st annually. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded but you will receive a copy of the winning chapbook. Multiple submissions are allowed if the entry fee is paid for each entry.

_Each entry is read  blind by at least three associate editors who are published or hold an MFA with a literary focus. The top scoring 25 entries will be forwarded to the final judge by March 1, 2021. We expect to announce a winner by May 1, 2021. Prize money will be awarded upon the announcement of the winner. Do not put your name or any identifying markings, including an acknowledgements page, in the body or title of the submission. Failure to follow guidelines may result in the disqualification of the entry. Entry fees are not refundable. 

_All submissions received through Submittable. Please submit in your preferred format and font. We are open to your conceptual ideas regarding layout where print restrictions allow. No hate speech or pornography will be considered. We reserve the right to define those terms. We adhere to the ethical standards suggested by the Community of Literary Magazines and Publishers (CLMP) of which we are a proud member. 


ACACIA FICTION PRIZE

_Entry fee is $25.00. All who enter will receive a copy of the winning collection. Please submit a collection of  any combination of short stories, flash fiction, or novellas totaling between 40K and 75K words. Winner will receive $1200, publication by Kallisto Gaia Press, 20 copies of the collection,  and up to 20 ARCs to be sent to reviewers and award sponsors chosen by the winner. Submission window opens on September 15, annually and closes at midnight CST on December 31st annually. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded but you will still receive a copy of the winning collection. Multiple submissions are allowed if the entry fee is paid for each entry.

_Each entry is read  blind by at least three associate editors who are published or hold an MFA with a literary focus. The top scoring 25 entries will be forwarded to the final judge by March 1, 2021. We expect to announce a winner by May 1, 2021. Prize money will be awarded upon the announcement of the winner.  Do not put your name or any identifying markings, including an acknowledgements page, in the body or title of the submission. Failure to follow guidelines may result in the disqualification of the entry. Entry fees are not refundable.

_All submissions received through Submittable. Please submit in Word .doc or .docx using 12pt Times New Roman or similar common font. We are open to your conceptual ideas regarding layout within the confines of print publication. We adhere to the ethical standards suggested by the Community of Literary Magazines and Publishers (CLMP) of which we are a proud member.


 

Please submit only one story per document in Word. The work should be between 1000 - 4200 words.     

_All work must be original and unpublished. Work posted on blogs, social media, or your homeownwer's association newsletter are   considered published.

_We only accept submissions through Submittable.    

_Do not put your name or other identifying info in the document or the submission title.   

_Submissions in multiple genres are acceptable as long as the reading fee is paid for each category.    

_Please submit Word documents in a 12pt Times New Roman font.   

_We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including submissions partly or entirely in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. Please include an English translation.    

_See specific guidelines for each genre.    

_We accept simultaneous submissions for The Ocotillo Review  with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere     

_Do not include images.

_Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first serial rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication.  

_If we accept a submission for publication in this category we pay $50 USD via PayPal.

 

Please submit up to 5 poems of no more than 45 lines each per entry in Word.

_ All work must be original and unpublished. Work posted on blogs, social media, or your neighborhood newsletter are considered published.   

_ We only accept submissions through Submittable.   

_ Do NOT put your name or other identifying info on the document or in the submission title.  

_ Multiple submissions or submissions in multiple categories are acceptable as long as the reading fee is paid for each category.   

_ Poems should be single spaced with a double space between stanzas in a 12pt Times New Roman font. Begin each poem on a new page.   

_ We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including submissions partly or entirely in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. Please include an English translation.

_ See specific guidelines for each genre. Failure to adhere to guidelines may disqualify the submission. Reading fees are not refundable.  

_  We accept simultaneous submissions for The Ocotillo Review with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere. 

_Do not include images or drawings.    

_ Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first serial rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication. Published submissions in this category will receive $25 USD via PayPal.

 

Submit up to three unpublished stories of less than 1000 words each per entry.

_ We only accept submissions through Submittable. 

_  Do NOT put your name or other identifying info on the document or in the title. 

_ Please submit Word documents in 12pt Times New Roman font. Double space please.  

_ Multiple submissions or submissions in multiple genres are acceptable as long as reading fees are paid for each submission. 

_ We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including submissions partly or entirely in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. Please include an English translation.  

_ See specific guidelines for each genre.   

_ We accept simultaneous submissions for The Ocotillo Review with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere    

_ Do not include images or drawings.  

_ Failure to adhere to guideline may disqualify a submission. The reading fee will not be refunded.  

_ Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first serial rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication.  

_ If we accept a submission for publication in this category we pay $25 USD via PayPal.

 

Please submit only one article of 800 to 4200 words per entry in Word.

_ All work must be original and unpublished. Work posted on blogs, social media, or your neighborhood newsletter are considered published.  

_ We only accept submissions through Submittable.  

_ Do NOT put your name or other identifying info on the document or in the submission title.   

_ Submissions in multiple genres are acceptable as long as the reading fee is paid for each category.   

_  Submit double spaced Word documents in a 12pt Times New Roman font.  

_ We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including submissions partly or entirely in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. Please include an English translation.   

_ See specific guidelines for each genre. Failure to adhere to guidelines may disqualify the submission. Reading fees are not refundable. 

_ We accept simultaneous submissions for The Ocotillo Review with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere.  

_ Do not include images or drawings.    

_ Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first serial rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication. 

_Published submissions in this category will receive $50 USD via PayPal.

Send up to 10 pages of poetry in 12 point Times New Roman font - start each poem on a new page

OR

Sent a prose piece, fiction or nonfiction, up to 4000 words. Please use 12 point Times New Poman font and double space

You will receive a 300-500 word critique from an appropriate member of our editorial staff. This is a double-blind review so please don't put your name on the document for review. If you have specific items you want to address put the requests on a separate page before the work you want reviewed.  This page is not included in the page/word count.

Please allow 8 to 12 weeks for a response although we will make every effort to respond sooner.

> Submit a collection of any combination of short fiction, flash fiction, or novellas totalling from 50K to 75K words with a $25.00 entry fee.

> Individual stories may be previously published but the collection as a whole may not have been published. This includes self-publishing    in any format or on any platform.

> Submissions open September 15th and close at midnight December 31st CST annually.

> Winner receives $1200.00 and publication by Kallisto Gaia Press plus 20 copies of the collection.

> Send as one single Word document. Entries are accepted exclusively through Submittable.

> Author's name or idetiyying information should NOT appear on the document. Do not include an acknowledgements page.  failure to comply will result in the entry being disqualified. Entry fees are not refundable.

> Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the agreement the author will withdraw the submission immediatly on acceptance elsewhere.

> All entrants will receive a copy of the winning collection.


Submit 28 to 48 pages of Contemporary Poetry written in English.   

All submissions received through Submittable. Please submit in your preferred format and font. We are open to your conceptual ideas regarding layout. No hate speech or pornography will be considered. We reserve the right to define those terms. We adhere to the ethical standards suggested by the Community of Literary Magazines and Publishers (CLMP) of which we are a proud member. Entries are read blind. Do not put your name or other identifying information in the body or title of the submission. Failure to adhere to guideline may result in disqualification and forfeiture of reading fee.

Winner receives:

$1200 prize

20 copies of the chapbook

All entries will receive a copy of the winning chapbook.

Kallisto Gaia Press