Cosmographia Books, in conjunction with NinaAlvarez.net, is hosting a monthly poetry contest. One poem a month will receive publication and $50. 

We are also hosting a quarterly chapbook contest. Prize is $250 and publication.

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
  • peanut allergies (just kidding)
  • 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
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Inspired by the great response to the Poem of the Month Contest, Cosmographia Books is now launching a chapbook contest. 

The winner of this contest will receive $250, book publication by Cosmographia Books, and author copies for readings and hand-to-hand sales.

Timeline

We are taking chapbook contest submissions until December 21, 2017. 


Guidelines 
  • You know the drill: 40-60 pages(ish), edited, formatted correctly, ready for publication. Page numbers are always good. 
  • As in any submission, please include a cover letter with a brief author bio and anything else you think I should know about your work.
  • Pieces may have been previously published individually, but not as a book, obvs.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.


Snail Mail Submissions

If your prefer to submit via snail mail, please email me at Nina Alvarez at Editor@CosmographiaBooks.com to let me know. I'll give you the address and keep an eye out for your manuscript.


Style

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

So the chapbook contest is really just an extension of the Poem of the Month contest. Style and subject guidelines are the same. 


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.

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:

  • sacred geometry 
  • spiritual ecology
  • nature
  • transcendence of life after death
  • tarot
  • energy
  • healing
  • mysticism
  • the mysteries of existence
  • the search for meaning
  • peanut allergies (just kidding)
  • 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.


contest would be fine. You can review those guidelines, if you’d like.

To further explain “Cosmographia:”

A cosmographia is traditional map is a one-dimensional piece of paper depicting a three-dimensional world. But a cosmographia (from the Latin cosmography, the science of describing the features of the entire universe) is all-encompassing and reaches far beyond the earthly realm and the “here there be dragons” edges of a flat map.

Many philosophers, including Ptolemy, Munster, and Silvestris, produced works titled Cosmographia. Today’s scholars may not be producing cumbersome tomes describing the whole of the universe, but many, like Rochester’s Nina Alvarez, bring this same global and multidisciplinary sensibility to publishing.

And of course, a chapbook is a collection and should hold together as something larger, pieces that stand alone and also work together as a sort of narrative.

Any questions, please email editor@cosmographiabooks.com.

Whatever you are exploring, in a collection I look for a spirit that holds the individual pieces together. It doesn't have to give clean answers, in fact you might walk away with more questions than you came in with. But there should be a  resonance that runs like electricity piece to piece, and a grammar of images and ideas and forms.



About Us

Cosmographia Books was founded in 2013 by Nina Alvarez. We are all about soulful work from diverse voices. We co-create books with our authors in an integrative way and seek authors whose art, spirit, and ethos is in harmony with our own.


About Nina Alvarez

I am a professional editor and publisher. I have an editing and author services company, Dream Your Book, and a exciting young publishing company called Cosmographia Books. I am also a published poet, short fiction writer, and playwright.

I believe in the projects of subjectivity and the 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 and chills of Early American Gothic 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 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 Books was founded in 2013 by Nina Alvarez. We are all about soulful work from diverse voices. We co-create books with our authors using a hybrid publishing model and seek authors whose art, spirit, and ethos are in harmony with our own. We accept manuscripts in nearly any genre: fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid, poetry, etc.

Please submit a query letter with your manuscript.

We charge a $10 reading fee. Every manuscript is reviewed by our 3-person editorial board: Nina Alvarez, Raquel Pidal, and Carolyn Birrittella.

QUERIES

Queries should include the usual: description of your book, author bio, and author platform including past publications, public visibility, and why you're submitting your book to our particular press. We also know that not every author is already famous or experienced, so don't let those things stop you from submitting. Just tell us what you can about yourself as a writer, and about your audience.


MANUSCRIPT FORMAT

Manuscripts should in Word or PDF form, double-spaced with 1" margins, Times New Roman font size 12.


HYBRID PUBLISHING

Cosmographia is a hybrid press. Our vetting process is as rigorous as a traditional press, but once a book is chosen for publication, the next steps are more integrative and co-creative than traditional. Plus we do a lot more promotion and marketing that other presses, and want to make sure your book is seen and read.

We make our books available in paperback, eBook, and when appropriate, audiobook.

Authors contribute to the costs of production (so I can pay my designers, marketer, copyeditor, layout person) who are all seasoned professionals. 

In return, author recoups 50% of royalties and can purchase books from us near wholesale price for readings and hand-to-hand and keep all income from those sales.

Costs usually run from $1,000-$3,000, depending on scope of work needed, and most authors pay in monthly installments of $200 or $400. In return our authors are free to give a lot of input and direction in layout, cover design, any other branding, and promotion.

We work closely with our authors to make sure they are happy and that our books and book campaigns look great. So, all in all, we like to call it an integrative, co-creative approach.​

DREAM YOUR BOOK SERVICES

Our Add-On Payment Options below are based on years of editorial and book promotion experience with clients through Dream Your Book, Nina Alvarez's author services company. Please feel free to ask any questions ahead of time by contacting Nina Alvarez at nina@dreamyourbook.com.

Dream Your Book is Nina Alvarez's author services company founded in 2009. With a team of very talented editors, marketers, designers, and other creative professionals, Dream Your Book has helped dozens of authors achieve successful publication in traditional formats or independently. 

Critique of Your Poem (not for the Poem of the Month contest) - $30
If you would like to submit to the Poem of the Month contest, you can add on a critique option during the submission process. 
https://cosmographia.submittable.com/submit/93803/poem-of-the-month-contest

3 Poems Critiqued and Guided Submission to 3 Literary Journals - $50

I will critique 3 of your poems and suggest 3 literary journals that are good fits for submission. I have done this for many clients who received their first publications ever with my guidance.

Self-Publishing Consultation and Plan with Nina Alvarez - $250
Every year I help 4-5 authors successfully self-publish by guiding them through book production. This plan will include a review of your manuscript's readiness for publication, a conversation with you about your authorship and audience, and a logistical and strategic plan for moving forward.

If further services are desired, my team's author services can extend to print book and ebook layout, print-on-demand account setup at CreateSpace or Ingram Spark, book cover, branding, promotion, events, marketing, as much or as little as the client needs.

Fiction/Nonfiction Manuscript Critique with Nina Alvarez - $300
I read through your manuscript, paying careful attention to how ready it is for publication: storytelling, pacing, clarity, structure, development of characters, ideas, tone, voice, word choice, etc. Then I write up my assessment in a 7-10 page document that not only tells you what your manuscript needs in terms of revision, but also suggests plans for implementing and thinking through these revisions. I try to be as thorough as possible without being overwhelming. As an editor I follow the physician's creed: Primum non nocere. "First do no harm."

Personalized Book Marketing Plan with Nina Alvarez and Carolyn Birrittella - $400
We are really good at this. I have an extensive background in book promotion and author branding, and Carolyn has a extensive background in marketing. We review your manuscript, get to know you and your audience and current platform, and then create a logistical, user-friendly book promotion plan that you can implement on your own or with further help. We have done this for numerous books by new authors that otherwise would have not reached nearly as many people.

Any questions are welcome. Email nina@dreamyourbook.com

Learn more about us at DreamYourBook.com.