Founded in 2013, Cosmographia is a publisher of soulful books by diverse voices. We were a hybrid publisher for a while, but we have recently switched back to a traditional publishing model. All submissions come through our contests. 

Submit to any of our open contests. If you have any questions, email editor@cosmographiabooks.com

NinaAlvarez.net is a poetry site founded in 2007 with over 380,000 views and 1,000 subscribers. Cosmographia Books is a publisher founded in 2013 by Nina Alvarez. This is a conjunction of the two projects coming together.

THE BASICS

Any poetry style is fine, including prose poems, hybrid, multi-media, and experimental.

Length doesn't matter. As long as it is ready to publish (edited, complete, formatted how you want it).

NEW: Please submit only 1 poem per document. You can submit up to 3 documents.

Ongoing submission timeline: Submissions are open on a rolling basis. On the 25th of each month I will decide winner from previous 30 days. Winning poem will be published on NinaAlvarez.net on the first of the following month.

Once a month I will choose one poem to be published at ninaalvarez.net. That poet will receive $50.

Even if you don't win this month, you might next month, so keep submitting. Every round is a new group of submissions, a clean slate. 

No previously published poems. 

No simultaneous submissions. You will notified within the month if your poem is chosen or not. 

CUT-OFF for the October Poem of the Month Contest is 9/23. Poems submitted after 9/23 will be in the November Poem of the Month Contest.


THE IDEA

We've reached a time in our collective history when we need, more than ever, art that transcends the small and meaningless and mundane. Art that carries silence and searching and wisdom. Think "Ithaca" by K. P. Kavafis, or "The Journey," by Mary Oliver, "The Lost Son" (my favorite poem of all time) by Theodore Roethke, or "Deathless Aphrodite of the Spangled Mind," by Sappho, or "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning," by Adrienne Rich, or "For the Young Who Want To" by Marge Piercy, or "Brothers" by Lucille Clifton.

Guidelines

I am open to all styles and approaches, including prose-poems, hybrid, multi-media, and experimental.

No length requirements. Just don't send me The Iliad. On second thought, if you've written The Iliad, PLEASE DO send it to me.

Subject

No limitations on subject matter, and you certainly don't need to drive home a moral. I'm looking for the experience of transcendence. Not a forced joy, but an allowed opening into something we might call spirit, meaning, love, compassion, transcendence, even if it's through a subterranean dark night of the soul.

Again, any subject is fine, but here are some subjects I tend to love:

  • spiritual ecology
  • transcendence of life after death
  • tarot
  • energy
  • healing
  • mysticism
  • the mysteries of existence
  • the search for meaning
  • the mysteries of childhood, aging, mortality
  • philosophies of life, creativity, and the workings of the universe.
  • humanity/humanism
  • Undertones of the spiritual, strange, surreal, supernatural, sacred: all good.
  • The secular, small, sanctimonious: not so much.

    If you have any questions, please email editor@cosmographiabooks.com

Cosmographia announces the the inaugural Cosmographia Prize for Spiritual Fiction for an unpublished novella of spiritual fiction. The winning manuscript will be published by Cosmographia Books, and will receive $500. The deadline for all manuscript submissions is September 15, 2018. Winner will be announced by end of year. Entry fee: $25 US.  

This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English.

All submissions must be between 17,500 and 60,000 words (if longer, please email us and we'll let you know if it's all right).

Your cover letter with author bio should be pasted in the submittable form. Full manuscript should be uploaded with a brief (no more than 1 page) synopsis attached. Please note that, when submitting online, all materials must be combined into ONE document before uploading.  


All awards are decided by Cosmographia staff. The winner will be announced on in our newsletter and on social media, so please be sure to subscribe or follow us to keep up-to-date on results.  

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We ask only that you contact us asap if you place the manuscript for publication elsewhere.

All submissions will be considered for regular publication by Cosmographia Books in addition to consideration for the Cosmographia Prize for Spiritual Fiction.



THE IDEA
Spiritual fiction comes disguised in many genres: speculative (A Wrinkle in Time), historical (Siddhartha), allegory (The Alchemist). But we always recognize it by the way it makes us feel. Spiritual fiction does more than entertain. It does more than instruct. It transcends. It offers energetic healing, spiritual clarity, and a deep level of awakening to those who it is meant for.


Think:

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 
  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach 
  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
  • Diana, Herself, by Martha Beck
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 
  • One by Richard Bach

Here is a full list of popular spiritual fiction:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5019.Best_Spiritual_Fiction


Or check out the definition of visionary fiction on wikipedia.




ABOUT US

Cosmographia Books was founded in 2013 by Nina Alvarez. We are all about soulful work from diverse voices. We seek writers whose art, spirit, and ethos is in harmony with our own.


About Founding Publisher Nina Alvarez

Since the time I was 15 I've been sending my own writing out for publication, and I am a published poet, short fiction writer, and playwright, and an award-winning teaching artist. In 2009 I opened my author services company, Dream Your Book. And in 2013 I opened my publishing company Cosmographia.

I believe in the sublime. I love mystics from any walk of life. I am obsessed with the transcendent search for personal meaning and expression. I'm also a Romantic in the sense that I would like to see a resurgence and reinvigorating of Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and the pleasures of literature with the wisdom and spiritual technologies of the time we live in now.

I’m also a pretty hard-core mystic with no interest in or time for art that is all mind with no space for higher self. I suspect, if you found yourself here, you may be the same.

We still need wisdom. In fact, we need it more than ever. We need the prophets and channelers and true artists and healers to step forward. You are large, you contain multitudes.


If you have any questions, please email editor@cosmographiabooks.com

Cosmographia announces the the inaugural Cosmographia Prize for Spiritual Nonfiction. The winning manuscript will be published by Cosmographia Books, and will receive $500. The deadline for all manuscript submissions is November 15, 2018. Winner will be announced in early 2019. Entry fee: $25 US.  

This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English.

We are looking for any of the areas of nonfiction:

-nonfiction
-creative nonfiction
-memoir
-essay collections (all forms including lyrical)
-hybrid (nonfiction, fiction, poetry blends, as long as nonfiction is the driving genre)

Your work can be in book form, or as a collection of essays or short pieces. There is no page limit, as long as the book is more than 30 pages.

When we say "spiritual," we don't want to limit your thinking, but here are some general topics to get your started:

-spiritual ecology
-spiritual self-development
-energy work
-psychic abilities
-mysticism
-the occult (tarot, diving etc)

Basically we are looking for memoirs about your spiritual journey, or about how others can develop spiritual gifts, or anything in between.

In terms of authors, think:

  • Carolyn Myss
  • Martha Beck
  • Wayne Dyer
  • Anita Moorjani
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Oriah Mountain Dreamer
  • Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee 
  • Father Richard Rohr
  • Shakti Gawain
  • Cheryl Richardson
  • Sandra Ingerman
  • Louise Hay
  • Shauna Niequist
  • Byron Katie
  • Julia Cameron
  • Gary Zukav
and so many more. This list is not meant to limit, only to inspire.

And of course many other topics in the realm of the mystical and spiritually healing. And any approach: teaching, memoir, lyrical essay, and hybrid combinations. Whatever brings forth your truest voice and strongest narrative.

If you aren't sure if your topic fits, please feel free to email Nina Alvarez at editor@cosmographiabooks.com

Here is a list of some examples of spiritual nonfiction: 

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/spiritual-nonfiction


SUBMITTING

Your cover letter with author bio should be pasted in the submittable form. Full manuscript should be uploaded with a brief (no more than 1 page) synopsis attached. Please note that, when submitting online, all materials must be combined into ONE document before uploading.  

All awards are decided by Cosmographia staff. The winner will be announced on in our newsletter and on social media, so please be sure to subscribe or follow us to keep up-to-date on results.  

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We ask only that you contact us asap if you place the manuscript for publication elsewhere.

All submissions will be considered for regular publication by Cosmographia Books in addition to consideration for the Cosmographia Prize for Spiritual Nonfiction .


ABOUT US

Cosmographia Books was founded in 2013 by Nina Alvarez. We are all about soulful work from diverse voices. We seek writers whose art, spirit, and ethos is in harmony with our own.


About Founding Publisher Nina Alvarez

Since the time I was 15 I've been sending my own writing out for publication, and I am a published poet, short fiction writer, and playwright, and an award-winning teaching artist. In 2009 I opened my author services company, Dream Your Book. And in 2013 I opened my publishing company Cosmographia.

I believe in the sublime. I love mystics from any walk of life. I am obsessed with the transcendent search for personal meaning and expression. I'm also a Romantic in the sense that I would like to see a resurgence and reinvigorating of Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and the pleasures of literature with the wisdom and spiritual technologies of the time we live in now.

I’m also a pretty hard-core mystic with no interest in or time for art that is all mind with no space for higher self. I suspect, if you found yourself here, you may be the same.

We still need wisdom. In fact, we need it more than ever. We need the prophets and channelers and true artists and healers to step forward. You are large, you contain multitudes.


If you have any questions, please email editor@cosmographiabooks.com