The Lorien Prize Now Open For Submissions

We at Thoughtcrime Press are thrilled to announce that we’ll be accepting submissions from December 15thJanuary 31st for our first ever chapbook competition, the Lorien Prize, and we’ll publish not just one, but two winning authors! We will present the two collections in the summer of 2017 as a single back to back volume, using a tête-bêche binding. This format allows us to join two works whose themes or styles converse with each other, expanding the presence of both in a final book in an otherwise impossible way. If you know someone whose writing would go well with your own, submit together. We are excited to see what you have in mind!

The Basics

-$10 submission fee.

-Submit alone or with another author.

-If submitting with another author, still only $10!

-Each author should send between 15 and 29 poems (though if your manuscript falls a little outside these parameters, still submit!).

-Winners announced at AWP, February 2017.

-Winning authors each receive 50 free copies, guidance with tour preparation and promotion, and access to all benefits of the Thoughtcrime family of authors and artists.

-The book will be crafted with absolute care for the text and authors’ wishes, printed with an ISBN, and will stay in print as long as Thoughtcrime stays a press.


Rather than describe what we’re looking for in a manuscript, it might be more helpful to list a few things we’ve been reading lately, and obsessing over.

Hanif Abdurraqib-The Crown Aint Worth Much

Ocean Vuong-Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Sam Sax-Sad Boy Detective

Ross Gay-Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude

Anders Carlson Wee-Dynamite

Christopher Soto-Sad Girl Poems

Danez Smith-Insert Boy

Ada Limon-Bright Dead Things

Rachel McKibbens-Mammoth

Patricia Smith-Blood Dazzler

Claudia Rankine-Citizen

Natalie Diaz-When My Brother Was An Aztec

Aricka Foreman-Dream With a Glass Chamber

Jamaal May-The Big Book Of Exit Strategies

Roger Reeves-King Me

Aracelis Girmay-Kingdom Animalia

Vievee Francis-Horse in the Dark

Nate Marshall-Wild Hundreds

Phillip B. Williams-Thief in the Interior

Mouthy Kickstarter Success

Many thanks to everyone who donated to or shared the kickstarter for Emily Rose Kahn-Sheahan’s wonderful new book. We’ve still got five days to go if you wanted to pre-order the book or snag any of the sweet prizes we are offering.

In other news, if you are in Los Angeles from March 30th-April 2nd, Captain Josh Gaines and Emily Rose will be representing Thoughtcrime at AWP. Stop by our table and say hello. We’ll have books, swag, hugs, laughter, whiskey.

After AWP, Emily Rose and Ben Clark will hit the road for a two week book tour. East Coast here we come!

Exciting times!


A Humanly House Show

Thoughtcrime friends in Chicago,

this Monday, Little Bones collaborator Stevie Edwards returns with her wonderful new collection Humanly. Please join her to celebrate this great release. Also reading, some of the most beautiful and talented poets in the city:  Maya Marshall, Fatimah Asghar, Marty McConnell, Shelley Elaine Geiszler, Emily Rose Kahn-Sheahan, Aricka Foreman, and our own Ben Clark.

3020 West George St. #1  /  Chicago, IL 60618  /  7:30 Doors  /  8 Show

Free whiskey shot or beer with every book purchased!

2015 AWP Offsite Reading

If you happen to be in Minnesota April 11th, from 3-5 p.m., Thoughtcrime Founder Josh Gaines and author Ben Clark will be reading with this wonderful group of authors in a hotel room: Megan Burbank, Myfanwy Collins, Carol Hood, Brenna Kischuk, Christopher David Rosales, Libby Walkup, and Anne Yoder. 

Ooh la la. The event is hosted by Ginger Piglet, Pioneertown Lit, Projecttile Lit, and Mixer Publishing who have called it a unique collection of readings by nine resistant, exciting, igniting, odd, and feminist authors from across the country. Please join us at the Le Meridien Chambers hotel. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

If you are into the facebook, here is the invite.