Announcing… The GS 4th Annual Summer Contests!

It’s the GS 4th annual contests in poetry and flash fiction!

That’s right! FOURTH ANNUAL. Holy Wow!

This year’s 2015 contests run from 7/10-9/10! More information below…

A Giftcard from Litographs, $75.00, a letterpress broadside of the winning work, publication in GS issue 7.1

Poet Ronaldo Wilson earned an BA at the University of California-Berkeley, an MA at New York University, and a PhD at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Discussing poetry’s role in the American imagination, especially as a tool to combat powerful, persistent ideas about race, the body, and trauma, Wilson told Elizabeth Hildreth in Bookslut, “I love poetry for allowing the tools with which one can capture, create and perform such an experience for the reader that tests the shifting limits of trauma by mapping out the power arrangements in such an encounter between human beings.” Wilson is the author of the collections Poems of the Black Object (2009), which won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (2008). He has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Kundiman, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, the Anderson Center for the Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. With poets Dawn Lundy Martin and Duriel E. Harris, Wilson cofounded the performance-based Black Took Collective.

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker. She is the author of the short story collection Every Kiss A War (Mojave River Press) which was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in places like Gigantic SequinsSmokelong Quarterly, and Carve Magazine, among many others. Her stories have also been featured on Wigleaf’s Top 50 Short Fictions list and will be appearing in the Queen’s Ferry Press Best Small Fictions of 2015 anthology. She is the editor of a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper and lives in Kentucky with her husband and babies. Find more at

See the specific guidelines via our Submittable site.


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