•                                  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_ All work must be original and unpublished.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 March 15th of 2021. 

_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 $3 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 on August 20th annually. 

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.

_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 

opens September 15th and closes at midnight CDT on December 31st annually

_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

Opens on September 15th and closes December 31st at midnight CDT annually.

_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.


A prize of $1200.00, and publication in The Ocotillo Review Volume 6.1 (Winter 2021) will be awarded for a short story. Submit one story of less than 4200 words with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2021. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the The Ocotillo Review Volume 6.1 containing the winning story. May Cobb will judge.. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. See www.kallistogaiapress for details or open the "more" tab below.

*Please submit only one story per entry in Word .doc

*All work must be original and unpublished. Work posted on blogs, social media or self-published in any form are considered published.

*We only accept submissions through Submittable.

*Do not put your name or other identifying info on the document or the submission title. Doing so will result in disqualification and your entry fee will NOT be refunded.

*Multiple submissions are acceptable as long as the reading fee is paid for each category.

*We prefer Word documents in a 12pt Times New Roman font - double spaced.

*We welcome the expression of diverse voices and diverse cultures. We do not publish hate speech or pornography. Kallisto Gaia Press reserves the right to define those terms..

*We accept simultaneous submissions for The 2021 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere. The entry fee is not refundable.

*Do not include images.

*Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first international serial rights and the right to publish online in perpetuity. All other rights revert to author upon publication.

*Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in the story being disqualified and the entry fee forfeited.

A prize of $1200.00, and publication in The Ocotillo Review Volume 6.1 (Winter 2021) will be awarded for a poem of up to 65 lines. Submit up to three poems of no more than 65 lines each with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2021. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the prize winning poem. Edward Vidaurre will judge..  A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to Cancer Research at  M. D. Anderson Hospital.  See www.kallistogaiapress.org for details.

*Submit up to 3 poems of up to 65 lines each. We consider the title and space between stanzas as lines. Please include all poems in one document. Begin each poem on a new page.

*All work must be original and unpublished. Work posted on blogs, social media or self-published in any form 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. Identifying text on the title or body of the entry will result in disqualification and forfeit of the entry fee.

*Multiple submissions are acceptable as long as the entry fee is paid for each category.

*We prefer Word documents in a 12pt Times New Roman font - single spaced except between stanzas. Unique or experimental formatting is allowed as long as we can reproduce it on our 5.5"X 8.5" pages

*We welcome the expression of diverse voices and diverse cultures. We do not publish hate speech or pornography. Kallisto Gaia Press reserves the right to define those terms.

*See specific guidelines for each genre.

*We accept simultaneous submissions for The 2021 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere.  The entry fee is not refundable.

*Do not include images.

*Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first international serial rights and the right to publish online in perpetuity. All other rights revert to author upon publication.

*Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in the story being disqualified and the entry fee forfeited.

$20.00

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.

Kallisto Gaia Press