Monday, June 30, 2014

Our Next Full Length Book Is...

Imaginary Friend Press is happy to announce that Soul Vang’s book To Live Here  is the winner of our second full length book contest! We received over one hundred and forty entries and we’re amazed at how difficult they made this decision.

 Here is a list of finalists to be on the look out for in the future (in no particular order):

Adam Crittenden Field Spectrum
Laura Merleau Fusion
Coco Owen Gaud Gospel
Yu-Han Chao  Body Shots
Danielle Sellers Minor Territories
Aimee Mackovic Confessions of a Love Junky
Rich Murphy Storage Shed

 Look for To Live Here coming this fall/winter from IFP.

Monday, June 16, 2014

One Woman Fruit Stand, by Yu-Han Chao

Imaginary Friend Press is happy to release One Woman Fruit Stand, by Yu-Han Chao! This is the winner of our first chapbook competition held in winter of 2013.

This chapbook includes 18 brand new poems by Yu-Han Chao. These poems are full of lyricism about motherhood, illness, and love. There are also three gorgeous illustrations by Sharon McGill to accompany the book.

$7 includes shipping. Email only questions about orders to imaginaryfriendpress(at)gmail(dot)com.
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 Here's the poem "Kodama" as a sample:


Terrifying ambivalent-faced
kodama spirit
all holes
rotating head
interchangeable eyes mouth eyes
click click click
bending occasionally at the elbows and knees

When the antlered forest spirit was
a thousand little friends of xgg fell down
aborted rain, symbolic of happenings around the world
in cities, in forests
wormholes in your baby tomatoes
black on ripe red
click click click 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Full Length Book Contest Extended!

Poets, Friends, Future, Current and Former Loves,
We've extended our contest deadline by 2 weeks! Now you can submit until 5/16.

Check out guidelines here.

Submit your work here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We have a winner for our chapbook contest!

Imaginary Friend Press is happy to announce that Yu-Han Chao’s book One Woman Fruit Stand is the winner of our chapbook contest! We received one hundred entries and we’re amazed at how difficult they made this decision. Our judges will surely concur.

 Here is a list of finalists to be on the look out for in the future (in no particular order):
Christina Peña’s After                        
Jim Elledge Martinis (& Mister)                     
Pamela Taylor My Mother’s Child                 
Erica Mena Featherbone                                            
Quentin Baker Open Mouth/Hidden Mouth               
Doris Davenport Request                                           
Kristin Abraham Swallow Your Archetype                

Imaginary Friend Press would also like to announce the publication of Doris Davenport’s Request and franciszka voeltz’s P O E T X T S.

Be on the look out for  these amazing books starting in May! Also be on the look out for us to run this contest again in the winter!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

black hands of a morning calm by Ayshia Stephenson

Imaginary Friend Press is happy to release black hands of a morning calm, by Ayshia Stephenson!

This is the winner of Imaginary Friend Press's Inaugural Full Length Poetry Contest. This is Stephenson's first collection of poetry which chronicles exile, loneliness, and finding comfort in the strangeness of strangers.

Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year says:
"In black hands of a morning calm, Ayshia Stephenson explores a complex nexus of expatriate otherness. Layered within multiple subjectivities of blackness, language, gender, and class, Stephenson writes from a perspective that is simultaneously bewildered and bewildering. In spare and tautly intense poems, the fact of blackness is renegotiated and recontextualized within the frenetic streets and subways of Seoul, within bathhouses, taxicabs, restaurants, and academic institutions. From an unfamiliar outpost of the new global economy, these remarkable poems speak from a body that is repeatedly scripted and inscripted, and thereby alienated - adjunct commodity, spectacle, taboo, fetish, woman, daughter, friend - yet from this space of alienation there emerges a silent yet liminal freedom, a space for keen observation and reflection, a blank page from which to write back.

Shane McCrae, author of Mule and Blood says:
"In black hands of a morning calm, Ayshia Stephenson limns the difficulties of translating one's sense of oneself as racialized other from one's own country to a country in which one's otherness is even more pronounced. Immediately she asks - she begs - to be allowed to "lie in black," but the black she's looking for, the blackness one lives in America, is nowhere to be found in her new home, South Korea, and as a consequence she feels alienated not only from her native land, but also from herself. This is a powerful and moving book."

Here is an excerpt from the book:

"my student
the last day of class
she talks and talks
the words
push through her throat
and pinch us
she speaks, she speaks
a different opinion
she is a woman
i am a woman
we bleed once
a month, and
do not want to say sorry"

$15 includes shipping. Email only questions about orders to imaginaryfriendpress(at)gmail(dot)com.
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Second Annual Full Length Book Contest

Submissions will be accepted between February 15, 2014 and May 1, 2014. The winner will be announced in July or August.

The winning book will be published by Imaginary Friend Press. The author will receive an honorarium of $250 and 25 copies of their book. Imaginary Friend Press may also select other books for publication.

To submit the entry fee is $12 for entry or $17 dollars for entry and a copy of the winning book (US addresses only) (We’re also adding a dollar onto our submission fee to pay the fine folks at Submittable) . Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as IFP is informed of publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed with entry fees for each submission.

Manuscripts must be between 48-96 pages in length. Manuscripts must be paginated, have a table of contents and an acknowledgements section (if poems have been published individually).

Manuscripts may have individual poems published, but they should not be published as a whole elsewhere.

Style and theme are open.

There should not be any art, photographs, images included in the manuscript.

This is not a first book contest, but authors seeking their first full length book publication are encouraged to submit. Multi-authored collections are acceptable, but IFP can still only award one honorarium.

Questions? Please email us at

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Redesigned & Re-released Paper Guillotines by Anthony Frame

We've re-released Anthony Frame's Paper Guillotines with a brand new cover design, a revamped interior, and all the same great poems.

You can order the book here!