Start A Riot! Chapbook Prize
In response to rapid gentrification and displacement of QTBIPOC+ literary artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in celebration of these communities’ revolutionary history, Foglifter Press, RADAR Productions, and Still Here San Francisco are pleased to announce Start a Riot!—a chapbook series for local emerging queer and trans black writers, indigenous writers, and writers of color. Each year, the prize will honor one author with chapbook publication, a $1,000 prize, and promotion, as well as a spot on RADAR’s Sister Spit tour.
Submitter is a QTBIPOC+ literary artist
Submitter is a current resident of the larger San Francisco Bay Area
Submitter does not have a previous full-length publication in their submission genre
Open to all genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid, graphic novels
25 pages (maximum)
Submissions: September 1 to November 1, 2020
Results Announced: Spring 2021
Chapbook Release: Fall 2021
THE START A RIOT! JUDGES
tanea lunsford lynx
tanea lunsford lynx (she/he/they) is a fourth-generation Black San Franciscan on both sides. tanea is a proud alum of Voices of Our Nation (VONA) and the Lambda Literary Retreat. In 2018 she co-curated ‘Still Here VI: Existence as Resistance,’ a performance featuring queer Black San Franciscans as a part of the National Queer Arts Festival. tanea has been awarded an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission as well as residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, The San Francisco Public Library (in collaboration with RADAR), Mesa Refuge, the Vermont Studio Center, Squaw Valley, and Under the Volcano. They have more than 10 years of experience as a performing artist, curator, activist, and educator in San Francisco. You can find their work online at tanealunsfordlynx.com.
Works by Venita Blackburn (she/her) have appeared in Electric Literature, Virginia Quarterly Review, Paris Review, American Short Fiction, and others. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, which resulted in the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. In 2018 she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award and recipient of the PEN America Los Angeles literary prize in fiction. Her home town is Compton, California, and she is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno.
Tina Bartolome (she/her/hers) was born and raised in San Francisco, the daughter of working class immigrants from the Philippines and Switzerland. Somewhere between unlearning the lie of Columbus, facing eviction, writing on walls, and fighting racist propositions, she joined the movement and never looked back. Her writing can be found in the Still Here Anthology (Foglifter Press), the Sex issue of Hyphen Magazine, and the forthcoming anthology Black Power Afterlives (Haymarket Books). She received her MFA in Fiction at Indiana University in Bloomington. She is a writer and educator living in South San Francisco, raising up the next generation of community organizers, striving to continue the legacies of Paulo Freire, Kiilu Nyasha, and Ella Baker.
Anastacia-Renee is a multigenre writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist and Deep End Podcast co-host. She is a 2020 Arc Fellow(4Culture),recipient of the 2018,James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington Artist (Literary), Seattle Civic Poet (2017-2019),Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House (2015-2017), and Jack Straw Curator (2020). Renee has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Mineral School, Hypatia in the Woods and The New Orleans Writers Residency. Anastacia-Renee’s work has been published in, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, Spirited Stone, Foglifter, Auburn Avenue, Pinwheel, The Fight and the Fiddle, Glow, The A-Line, Ms. Magazine and many more.
librecht baker (pronouns: she/her) is the author of vetiver (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and an English Professor. baker frolics with Black Girl Magic Creative Series and joined Radar Productions’ Sister Spit 2020 tour. her full-length play, “Taciturn Beings,” was a semi-finalist for the 43rd annual Bay Area Playwright’s Festival and part of The Vagrancy’s Blossoming: A New Play Reading Series 2019. baker’s one-act dramedy, “Afterlife or Bust,” will be produced by Q Youth Foundation in 2020. her other writings, i.e. poetry, appear in ACCOLADES: A Women Who Submit Anthology, Solace: Writing Refuge, & LGBTQ Women of Color, Bone Bouquet (Issue 8.1), Sinister Wisdom 107 – Black Lesbians: We are the Revolution!, and other publications, but can also be experienced via Women Who Submit’s IGTV for their ACCOLADES online reading series and The Vagrancy’s “The Life and Dead Of,” written by June Carryl, via The Vagrancy’s webpage.
K-Ming Chang (she/her) is a Kundiman fellow and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her debut novel BESTIARY is forthcoming from One World / Random House on September 29, 2020. Her poems have been anthologized in Ink Knows No Borders, Best New Poets 2018, Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3, and the 2019 Pushcart Prize Anthology.
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