The purpose of Sibling Rivalry Press is best defined by the incomparable Adrienne Rich, who said in a 1999 interview:
“There’s a lot of what I would call comfortable poetry around. But then there is all this other stuff going on — which is wilder, which is bristling; it’s juicier, it’s everything that you would want. And it’s not comfortable. That’s the kind of poetry that interests me — a field of energy. It’s intellectual and moral and political and sexual and sensual — all of that fermenting together. It can speak to people who have themselves felt like monsters and say: you are not alone, this is not monstrous. It can disturb and enrapture.”
The mission of our press, therefore, is to publish work that disturbs and enraptures.
Overview: The Undocupoets Fellowship annually grants two $500 fellowships, with no strings attached, to poets who are currently or who were formerly undocumented in the United States to help defray the cost of poetry-related submission fees. Through our continued partnership with Catapult, 2021 Fellows will also receive a scholarship for a six-week workshop (or its equivalent value toward other Catapult classes).
At least one of the two fellowships awarded will be given to LGBTQ undocumented or previously undocumented poets per an agreement with Sibling Rivalry Press. Please indicate on your cover letter if you identify as LGBTQ.
While no single fellowship recipient will receive more than $500 on any given year, fellowships can be awarded to the same individual for multiple years.
Submission Guidelines: In a single PDF file, include the following: 1.) A cover letter with your contact information, bio, and brief description of your current work or manuscript-in-progress; 2.) Up to 10 pages of poetry, with no more than one poem per page. Previously published work is permitted. Only one submission per individual, please.
Deadline: February 28, 2021 at 11:59 PST
Applicants will be notified in late spring. Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Undocupoets Fellowship, click here.