KAKALAK 2017

WELCOME TO THE 2017 KAKALAK SUBMISSION
AND JUDGING GUIDELINES


Judging Process:

KAKALAK uses a “blind” judging process; that is, all identifying information such as authors’ or artists’ names and addresses are NOT shared with the editors/judges until AFTER poetry and art selections have been made. To support the goal of blind judging, please adhere to the following rules:

1. Please do not send submissions directly to the editors/judges. Follow the “Poetry Submission Guidelines” below. Do not include your name or other identifying information on the poem or art image. Identifying information must be furnished separately (also in the guidelines below).

2. Please direct questions about these guidelines or the submission process to the publisher (Main Street Rag Publishing Company) at editor@mainstreetrag.com, not to the editors.

3. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, provided the contestant notifies Main Street Rag Publishing Company immediately and withdraws from consideration any poem for which the author has accepted an award or publication offer from another publication. Violations of this rule will most likely render the contestant ineligible for future participation in KAKALAK contests.

4. Do not submit work which has won a monetary prize in another contest.


Poetry Contest Submissions:

NEW ***1. Eligibility: Author, artist or submitted work must be a resident/native of North or South Carolina

OR must reference landmarks and/or people of the region. (You don’t need to be a resident–present or past–as long as the subject of your work has a Carolina connection)

2. Submission Period: March 1—May 15, 2017

3. Submissions. Send 1 to 3 poems by email as WORD formatted attachments (each poem as a separate file). Any style, virtually any subject (we are not interested in pornography or poems that promote ethnic or religious hatred), no more than one poem per page, up to 60 lines (including stanza breaks) per poem. Poems should be submitted to Kakalak17@MainStreetRag.com. Email subject line should read, for example: “John Doe Poetry Submission for Kakalak 2017.” Multiple submissions are allowed as long as a separate entry fee accompanies each submission of 1 to 3 poems.

3. Formatting.  As stated above, poems should be sent as WORD file attachments, each poem as a separate file with the title of the poem as the name of the file. Email subject line should read, for example: “John Doe Poetry Submission for Kakalak 2017″

4. No Previously Published. Published” means the poem has appeared in print or in on-line media accessible to the public, such as blogs, social media or YouTube. All poets selected for publication will be required to execute a publishing agreement with Main Street Rag Publishing Co. All rights revert to poets upon publication.

5. Entry Fee. Contestants must pay entry fee first. Remit your non-refundable reading fee of $12 per submission ($10 if paid and entered before the Early Bird deadline of April 30) to Main Street Rag via Pay Pal or credit card. A group of 1 to 3 poems counts as one submission. No submission will be forwarded to the editors until payment is received.

6. IMPORTANT!!   DO NOT include author name, address, email or any other identifying information on the poems or art images. Include the following information as a separate WORD file attachment:

Author’s Name
Mailing address Email address Phone number
Poem titles (if untitled, use the first line of the poem for identification.)

The statement: “I certify that I am either a native or resident of North Carolina or South Carolina or this work references a landmark, event, or native/resident of North or South Carolina. It is previously unpublished.” (Notice the statement is in quotation marks.)

Reading Period: March 1 through May 15 of contest year. Contestants will be notified by June 30, 2016.

Poetry Prizes:

First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $75
Honorable Mentions: $20

One free copy of the published book for each poem selected for publication.

Payment of prizes is contingent upon authors’ granting first time publication rights to Main Street Rag for publication in KAKALAK 2017. Payment of prize money will be upon publication. After publication, poets agree that, should their poetry be published again elsewhere, they will acknowledge KAKALAK 2017 as place of first publication.

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Guidelines for Art Contest Entries

NEW ***1. Eligibility: Author, artist or submitted work must be a resident/native of North or South Carolina OR must reference landmarks and/or people of the region.

2. Submissions: Submit 1 to 3 pieces, any style/any subject, as 300 dpi images in jpeg format. Images must be attached to an email addressed to Kakalak17@MainStreetRag.com. Email subject line should read, for example: “Jane Doe Art Submission for Kakalak 2017″ and the artist’s name and contact information (listed below) should be in the body of the email. Multiple submissions are allowed as long as a separate entry fee accompanies each submission of 1 to 3 pieces of artwork.

3. Types of Entries Considered: We encourage presentation of any type of visual art from acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, and photography to photographic representations of sculptures, ceramics, and installations. We accept both color and black and white mediums; however, any images accepted for publication will be published in black and white (except for cover art, separate from the art contest). Artwork must be original, unpublished in any medium (print or electronic magazine; however, art in personal electronic galleries is acceptable), and not entered into any other contest. The art must not have been selected for a monetary prize in any other contest. Please indicate the medium of the artwork entered. For instance, if it is a photograph of a mosaic you made, you would enter the artwork’s medium used as “mosaic.” If it is a photograph of Michelangelo’s David, you would enter the artwork’s medium used as “photography.” If a photograph is modified using computer software, enter as “electronic photography.”

4. Entry fee. Remit your non-refundable entry fee of $12 per submission ($10 for “Early Bird” submissions prior to midnight, April 30, 2017) to Main Street Rag via Pay Pal or credit card. A group of 1 to 3 pieces of artwork counts as one submission. No submission will be forwarded to the editors until payment is received.

5. IMPORTANT!! DO NOT include author name, address, email, or any other identifying information on the artwork. Include the following information in the body of the email:

Artist’s name
Mailing address
Email address
Phone number
Image titles and medium used. If the image is untitled, please provide a brief description.

The statement: “I certify that I am either a native or resident of North Carolina or South Carolina or this image was taken/created in reference to a NC/SC landmark or person. It is previously unpublished in print.” (Notice the statement is in quotation marks.)

Submission Period: March 1 through May 15, 2017. Contestants will be notified by June 30, 2016.

Art Prizes:

Cover Prize: $100
First Prize: $100

Second Prize: $75
Third Prize: $50
Honorable Mention: $20 Publication

Publication and one free copy of the published book for each image selected for publication.

Cover Art:

NEW for 2017*** We’ve streamlined art submissions. Moving forward, ALL art entries will be considered for the cover. We will still give a First Prize for cover as well as a First Prize for internal artwork, but they will be selected from the same field of entries. The benefit to participants is that there will only be a single fee for art entering art instead of separate ones for cover/inside art.

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2017 Editors/Contest Judges: Kim Blum-Hyclak, Anne Kaylor, and David Radavich

Judges’ Bios:

Publisher of moonShine review and newly appointed co-editor of Kakalak, Anne Kaylor keeps many plates spinning as an author, editor, graphic designer, and publisher. In addition to providing editing and design services for writers, Anne serves as a finalist judge for Main Street Rag’s annual poetry book contest and previously worked on the Kakalak staff as designer. Her publishing credits include Pearl, Iodine Poetry Journal, Kakalak, The Main Street Rag, and two poetry collections: Unwilling to Laugh Alone and Floating a Full Boat (2015 and 2009, Main Street Rag Publishing Company).

David Radavich has published a variety of poetry, drama, and essays.  His recent poetry collections are America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (2007), Canonicals: Love’s Hours (2009), and Middle-East Mezze (2011).  His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. He has served as president of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Charlotte Writers’ Club, and North Carolina Poetry Society.  His latest books are The Countries We Live In (2014) and a co-edited volume called Magic Again: Selected Poems on Thomas Wolfe (2016).”

Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak‘s poetry collection, In the Garden of Life and Death: A Mother and Daughter Walk, was published by Main Street Rag Publishing. Additional poems have appeared in Iodine Poetry Journal, Catfish Stew, and Petigru Review. Her poem, “Slipping,” was awarded First Place in the 2016 Carrie McCray Memorial Poetry Awards and was nominated for a Pushcart Award. Her poem, “Diaspora,” was selected as a feature poem for Hickory Museum of Art’s, The Art of Poetry. Kim is a member of the South Carolina Writer Association, the SC Poetry Society, and emcees a monthly reading, Afternoon of Poetry and Prose.

Book Designer: M. Scott Douglass
Publisher: Main Street Rag Publishing Company, M. Scott Douglass, Owner