KAKALAK 2020

WELCOME TO THE 2020 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. No questions addressed to the submission address will be answered.

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:

1. Eligibility: IN THE PAST the 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.

***GUIDELINE CHANGE: Participation no longer requires that author or artist be a resident–present or past–or the subject of your work have a direct Carolina connection. In order to broaden participation, we’ve change this guide to read as follows:

“We’re looking for work that evokes the spirit of the Carolinas from the Outer Banks and Low Country to the Piedmont and Appalachia.”

It’s a broad brush that allows those from outside the region to participate and editors/judges to decide what does and does not fit under the Kakalak umbrella.

2. Submission Period: March 1—May 18, 2020

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 Kakalak@MainStreetRag.com. Email subject line should read, for example: “John Doe Poetry Submission for Kakalak 2020.” 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 2020”

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.)

Submission Period: March 1 through May 18, 2020. We will make every effort to notify contestants will be notified by July 31, 2020.

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 2020. Payment of prize money will be upon publication. After publication, poets agree that, should their poetry be published again elsewhere, they will acknowledge KAKALAK 2020 as place of first publication.

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Guidelines for Art Contest Entries

1. Eligibility: IN THE PAST the 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.

***GUIDELINE CHANGE: Participation no longer requires that author or artist be a resident–present or past–or the subject of your work have a direct Carolina connection. In order to broaden participation, we’ve changed this guide to read as follows:

“We’re looking for work that evokes the spirit of the Carolinas from the Outer Banks and Low Country to the Piedmont and Appalachia.”

It’s a broad brush that allows those from outside the region to participate and editors/judges to decide what does and does not fit under the Kakalak umbrella.

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 Kakalak@MainStreetRag.com. Email subject line should read, for example: “Jane Doe Art Submission for Kakalak 2020” 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) 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.

Submission Period: March 1 through May 18, 2020. March 1 through May 15 of contest year. We will make every effort to notify contestants will be notified by July 31, 2020.

Art Prizes:

Cover/First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50
Honorable Mention: $20 Publication

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

Cover Art:

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 entering art instead of separate ones for cover/inside art.

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2020 Editors/Contest Judges & their bios: 

Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak  Ohio is still home for Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak, though she’s called SC home longer than she lived in her home state. Life and observations of small towns in the Midwest and the South inspire much of Kim’s writing. Her first full-length collection of poetry, In the Garden of Life and Death ~ A Mother and Daughter Walk, (published by Main Street Rag), records the unusual vantage point of being both a mom whose daughter survived two bouts of cancer, and the daughter of a mom who passed away from cancer. And yet, it’s a book of poignancy, humor, and hope. Kim’s poetry has been published in Iodine Poetry Journal and The Best of Vin Master Series. Awards include an Honorable Mention in Kakalak for her poem “Offering” and a Pushcart Award nomination for “Slipping” in Petigrew Review. Her poetry and art were also part of the Vistas: Vision and Verse exhibit. Her prose has appeared in Catfish Stew, Petigrew Review, and moonShine review, and her short story, Beginning and Ending in Toledo, won First Place in moonShine review’s 10th Anniversary issue. Recent projects include a book chronicling her parish’s 100-year history and the beginning of Catholicism in York County, South Carolina; work on a novel; and a poetry collection in collaboration with her three Mountain Sister Poets. Besides her own writing, Kim enjoys meeting other writers and showcasing their work. For the past seven years, she has emceed the monthly poetry reading and open mic, Afternoon of Poetry and Prose. Kim helped organize the original Vistas: Vision and Verse, an exhibit of ekphrastic poetry and the art that inspired it, and last year’s Vistas II. Last year, she also had the privilege of sitting on the committee to select Rock Hill’s first Poet Laureate, and is a former board member of South Carolina Writers Workshop (now SC Writers Association). She really does have a non-writing life! When Kim isn’t doing writer-ly things, she’s either playing with her grandkids, hanging with her hubby, hiking, or coaxing the flowers in her yard to look better than the weeds. Oh! And she sometimes blogs at www.awriterswindow.wordpress.org.

Anne M. Kaylor  As author, editor, graphic designer, and publisher, Anne M. Kaylor keeps many plates spinning simultaneously. Her own publishing credits include Pearl, Iodine Poetry Journal, Kakalak, The Main Street Rag, The Best of Vin Master Series, and two poetry collections: Unwilling to Laugh Alone and Floating a Full Boat (2015 and 2009, Main Street Rag Publishing Company). She resonates with her favorite author, Flannery O’Connor, on the dichotomy of being Catholic and Southern, often writing from this perspective. With a background in public relations and graphic design, Anne takes authors’ books from manuscript to the final product—adding cover and inside design to her comprehensive editing services. She turned to full-time creative editing in 2001, after serving in the business world as a technical writer and editor, and now edits everything from short stories and poetry collections to fictional novels and spiritual and leadership guidance manuals. In addition to editing and designing books for other writers, Anne is founder, publisher, and executive editor of the creative prose and photography journal moonShine review, which just celebrated its fifteen-year anniversary. Beyond editing and writing, Anne’s passions include traveling, being on or in the water, and rescuing those in need, mostly dogs and cats but humans, too. Though born in Maine, Anne has spent much of her life in the South and now lives in Harrisburg, North Carolina, with her husband, James, rescued greyhounds, Coda and Kelly, and calico cat, Winnie.

David E. Poston taught in public school for thirty years, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and at Charlotte’s Young Writers’ Workshop. He continues to lead workshops for Hospice of Gaston County, Charlotte Lit., and others. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Atlanta Review, The Cape Rock, Crack the Spine, The Main Street Rag, moonShine review, and Flying South. His poetry collections are My Father Reading Greek, Postmodern Bourgeois Poetaster Blues—which won the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Competition—and Slow of Study. David has been a featured poet in the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series and won awards from the Writers Workshop of Asheville and the Southeastern Writers’ Association. His poetry book reviews appear regularly in Pedestal, and he edits a poetry column for the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library newsletter.  David serves on the board of directors of the Gaston Literacy Council and the Gaston Symphonic Band, as church council chair at First United Methodist Church-Gastonia, and on the workshop committee of the North Carolina Poetry Society. He is part of the Gaston Early Literacy Collaborative, which promotes literacy from birth to kindergarten, and helps lead an after-school tutoring program at his church.

Book Designers: M. Scott Douglass/ Anne Kaylor
Publisher: Main Street Rag Publishing Company, M. Scott Douglass, Owner