Finishing Line Press is an award-winning, small press publisher

Finishing Line Press is the home of the New Women's Voices Chapbook Series, the New Women's Voices Prize in Poetry, the Finishing Line Press Prize in Poetry, the Starting Gate Award, and the FLP Kentucky Poetry Book Prize.  We are now accepting submissions for

  • Anthology of Poetry by Young Adults with Cancer, DEADLINE: May 31, 2017
  • New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition, DEADLINE: April 15, 2017
  • Poetry Book manuscripts,
  • General Submissions for chapbook manuscripts. (We read general submissions year round.)
We have no reading fee in November.

FLP is a proud member of CLMP

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Finishing Line Press will gladly accept full-length poetry book manuscripts, and we do not require a reading fee/processing fee for full-length poetry manuscripts shipped to us via regular post.  We are specifically looking for poetry book manuscripts up to 100 pages and no less than 48 pages of poetry.   Please mail (via regular post) your manuscript to:



Finishing Line Press

P O Box 1626

Georgetown, KY 40324



If you prefer submitting online, there is a $3 processing fee.  (It’s cheaper to submit electronically—save the stamps, save the trees, and save the SASE.)  To submit online:


Ends on December 31, 2017$3.00

 We are always open to publishing a good chapbook.

CHAPBOOKS: Submit up to 35 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter.

POETRY BOOKS: Submit up to 48-100 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter.
There is no limit for other genres.  Please send what you like but only one manuscript per submission.  Please include 
bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter.  
Yes, we do consider works of fiction, graphic novels and children's books.

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For mailed submissions

Send to
Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with the correct postage must accompany all mailed manuscripts. A SASE is needed for any kind of response, even if the writer does not want the material returned.

A good photocopy of the manuscript or a computer printout, rather than the original, should be sent. Finishing Line Press is not responsible for lost manuscripts.

FLP has no reading fee during the month of November.  November is our annual open reading period for all genres.


Finishing Line Press (FLP) is proud to announce An Anthology of Poetry by Young Adults with Cancer. Edited by Kathleen Henderson Staudt

Finishing Line Press and the Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund are curating an anthology of poetry featuring work by young adults diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.   

We welcome submissions of poems on any topic – whether acutely cancer-related or not.  In this anthology we hope to highlight work by published writers as well as those who are just finding their voice, for whom life has been altered by cancer.

Please submit between 1-3 poems per entry, with multiple entries permitted.  Please submit online using the link below  Note: there is a small processing fee of $2 for each entry.  Please also be sure to include a bio, acknowledgements and cover letter.  Our preference is for new work, but previously published poems will also be considered. 

Deadline:  May 31, 2017

Background:  Brendan Ogg, an aspiring writer, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 19 during his sophomore year at the University of Michigan.  Just before Brendan passed away at the age of 20, we learned that a collection of his poems, Summer Becomes Absurd, would be published by Finishing Line Press.  While acceptance of a chapbook is quite an accomplishment for any writer, for Brendan it took on additional significance.  He took comfort in knowing that he would be leaving a professional legacy that acknowledged his gifts and hopes for life cut short.   


The Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund focuses on issues related to young adults with cancer.  From diagnosis to death, Brendan experienced much of what we have come to learn is the typical journey of a young adult with cancer – somewhere betwixt and between the pediatric and adult medical worlds.  In recent years there has been a growing effort to shine a brighter light on the needs of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer.  


·        An estimated 70,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year - the AYA cohort, as defined by National Institute of Health

·        This is 6-7 times the number of children aged 0-14 diagnosed with cancer and represents 5% of total cancer diagnoses in the US

·        Navigating cancer includes addressing needs more pronounced for this age group:  independence, identity, managing career and family, dating, fertility and friendships among others

·        While impressive gains have been made in survivorship rates for pediatric and adult patients, the overall survivorship rate for adolescent and young adults has not improved since 1975

·        We lose roughly 10,000 young men and women on the cusp of adulthood each year. Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related deaths for this age group.  Only accidents, suicide and homicide claim more young lives.


With this anthology, we hope to include moving poetry by excellent poets and also to capture and amplify the experiences, voices and art of this age group.

Kathleen Henderson Staudt has worked as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary, Wesley Seminary, the University of Maryland and Washington National Cathedral.  She is the author of three books of poetry:  Annunciations:  Poems out of Scripture; Waving Back:  Poems of Mothering Life and Good Places.  Kathy and Brendan collaborated on Brendan’s book of poems, Summer Becomes Absurd.