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Penumbra Press

Since 1989, Penumbra has published the artistic and literary talents of students and creatives regionally, nationally, and internationally and has strived to be a champion for writers of all ages and backgrounds. As a publication, Penumbra is unique; its student-led staff personally solicits, selects, and edits its content and design. This journal provides its staff with the unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience putting together both an online and print publication featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid, and art pieces. Penumbra is excited to share a unique opportunity: Penumbra Press, a new branch of the Stan State publication. Through Penumbra Press, we offer poets the chance to have their poems printed as physical and online chapbooks!

Penumbra Press is a more recent branch of the Stan State Penumbra publication,

originating in the Fall of 2021. Through Penumbra Press, we offer poets the chance to

have their collection of poems printed as a physical and virtual chapbook! For those

interested in this opportunity, the staff at Penumbra Press wants to examine a sampling

of your work. We ask that submissions consist of 3 poems minimum and a

combined page total of 5 pages maximum. Along with this, we ask that you

include a proposal of your work. Submitted proposals must be in PDF form to be

considered (include a 200-300 word synopsis of the direction or vision of the poetry

collection as a whole, not to be included in the total page count). These submissions will

represent the larger collection of poetry that, if accepted, will be published as a

chapbook. We are especially interested in emerging writers of any age or background

and encourage anyone who has not previously had a poetry collection published to

submit to us. We also ask that the poems featured in your chapbook be original and

unpublished. Please have your poems be constructed around a unifying theme or

concept, specified in your chapbook proposal. As always, we welcome works from any

and all backgrounds and experiences. Those interested in submitting should also review

our manuscript guidelines on our website. Chapbook authors will also have the

opportunity to collaborate with a Stanislaus State student artist to create cover art for

their edition. Chapbook authors will receive five copies of their physical chapbook free

of charge, with additional copies available for purchase. Virtual chapbooks will be

available for viewing on our website via Issuu. If you have further questions, feel free to

email us at penumbra@csustan.edu.

Penumbra Press will be considering the first 100 submissions received.

*Please note that we can only ship chapbooks to those in the U.S. at this time!*

Check out our past chapbooks down below!

DADDY, I'M SORRY, I CANNOT WRITE AN ELEGY
Extraordinary Beast
After a good day, through the night
On Birds / Wings / Roads / Silence
Patchwork Hearts
Swimming to Syria
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