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$6,500 STRETCH GOAL: a $500 first book prize for women authors, judged by Rachel B. Glaser!
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Wow. How even. You guys just helped us raise $4,000 is four days. We were 1/2 of the way towards our stretch goal before I was even able to update the page. This is utterly unreal.

But let's keep going. The more we raise, the more we can do for you. If we can get to $6,500, we'll be able to launch a first book prize for women authors, judged by Rachel B. GlaserRachel will select one full-length manuscript for print publication in 2016, and the author of the book selected will win a $500 cash prize. More details coming in a few days.

And oh, have you seen our books:

 And then there's stonewalr.us, our digital chapbook wing (view it in Firefox):

Our Story

Since 2009, I've been the head thought-wrangler of Big Lucks, a print journal/reading series/community of huggers. Last year, Cassandra Gillig and I launched Big Lucks Books, an indie press dedicated to publishing chapbooks and full-length manuscripts. 

Cassandra and I really, really give a shit--the projects we've worked on have been praised by The Poetry Foundation, Electric Literature, The New Yorker, Washington City Paper, Poetry Society of AmericaVouched Books, and The Huffington Post.

Our mission is simple--to publish the most engaging, thought-provoking, heart-tugging manuscripts we can find.

Our Catalog

In October 2013, we held our first open reading period. We received well over 350 books and selected the following for publication:

2014

  • Texts From My Mom, Christie Ann Reynolds (July) 
  • Wastoid, Mathias Svalina (September) 
  • And I Shall Again Be Virtuous, Natalie Eilbert (October) 
  • Fat DaisiesCarrie Murphy (December)  

2015

  • Wildlives, Sarah Jean Alexander (February) 
  • Plastic Sonnets, Caroline Crew (April) 
  • Isn’t that You Waving at You, Elizabeth Clark Wessel (May) 
  • Shadow Lanka, by Brandon Brown (Summer)
  • It Is Going To Be A Good Year, by Sasha Fletcher (Winter)

2016

  • Radio Cacophony, Michelle Dove (Sping)
  • Chateau Wichman, Ben Pease (Summer)

But that's not our entire catalog--one of our missions is to rethink the way writers approach the submission process. In March, we held a hour-long "flash" reading period where Mark asked female authors to send him their completed manuscripts. He received over 85 responses and we ended up selecting two of those chapbooks for publication. The response was overwhelming and the quality of these submissions were stellar.

We fully plan at least two more of these "flash" reading periods in the next few months. But if we hit our goal, we'll be able to do even more exciting stuff. 

    Where Your Donation Goes

  • ISBNs & Barcodes;
  • Distribution Fees;
  • Conference Registrations (AWP, Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, etc);
  • Initial print runs;
  • Paying our brilliant designers, Sarahana and Sahara Shrestha.

    Your donation will go towards helping us get over these initial hurdles so that we're not digging ourselves into a hole from the get-go. If we hit our goal, we'll be able to launch Big Lucks Books without taking on too much debt.  


Risks and challenges

Most setbacks in publishing occur due to poor planning, broken communication, and unrealistic timelines. Our biggest challenge is abiding by our publishing schedule--it's possible that we hit some snags when working with printers, designers, or distributors. But none of these challenges will stop us from seeing each of these books through to completion.

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    SHUCKS: a big ol' eHug!

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    BAGGED: A back issue of Big Lucks plus a BL goodie bag.

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    PO'JAMZ: Any forthcoming Big Lucks Book PLUS Cassandra will make a poetry mash-up of your favorite rapper//poet

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    BAKED: Any forthcoming Big Lucks Book PLUS Caroline Crew will bake and ship you your favorite cookie.

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    SASHA'S ROOM: any forthcoming Big Lucks Book PLUS Sasha Fletcher will drunk dial you and read you a poem.

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    TANKA'ED: Any forthcoming Big Lucks Book PLUS Mark will "try to" write a Tanka about your face.

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    GURL: Any forthcoming Big Lucks Book PLUS a Natalie Eilbert will write you a tampoem (poem on a tampon).

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    COMIX: Any two forthcoming Big Lucks Books PLUS Michelle Dove will turn you into a character her forthcoming serialized ‘Real World’ house comic.

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    THRIFT: Any two forthcoming Big Lucks Books PLUS Carrie Murphy will hand-pick an item from a thrift store in Albuquerque, NM.

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    VIDDED: Any two forthcoming Big Lucks Books PLUS a Ben Pease video mashup to your favorite poem or song.

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    'SCOPED: Any two forthcoming Big Lucks Books PLUS Christie Ann Reynolds will text you a week's worth of personalized horoscopes.

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    THIS YEAR: our 2014 catalog as it's released PLUS a Big Lucks goodie bag.

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    NEXT YEAR: our entire 2015 catalog as it's released PLUS a Big Lucks goodie bag.

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    RYE HOUSE 'SIDE: either the 2014 or 2015 catalog (your choice) PLUS a Heather Cristle or Ana Božičević broadside from Rye House Press

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    EL ALEPH 'SIDE: either the 2014 or 2015 catalog (your choice) PLUS a Kate Greenstreet broadside from El Aleph Press.

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    MOTIVATE'ed: either the 2014 or 2015 catalog (your choice) PLUS a week's worth of motivational text message from Matt Bell AND a copy of THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS

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    BROS NIGHT: either the 2014 or 2015 catalog (your choice) PLUS a night of chocolate old fashions with Mark Cugini, Dan Brady, and Michael Beeman at Breadsoda in Washington, DC

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    MONK'ed: BOTH catalogs as they're released PLUS an original painting by Bianca Stone AND a Monk Book!

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    KELLY SCHIRMANN ART: BOTH catalogs as they're released PLUS an original collage by Kelly Schirmann.

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    BALLIN': BOTH catalogs as they're released PLUS An hour-long Jumpshot Bootcamp with Sampson Starkweather on the playgrounds of Brooklyn AND a copy of THE FIRST FOUR BOOKS OF SAMPSON STARKWEATHER

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    BURNT: BOTH catalogs as they're released PLUS Sasha Fletcher will paint you a picture of 'something' on fire (you pick the 'something')

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    INKT: BOTH catalogs as they're released PLUS Sarah Jean Alexander will get a matching Emoji tattoo with you.

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    SLEEPOVERED: BOTH catalogs as they're released PLUS Mark Cugini & Mike Young will do a house reading in your (northern/midwestern) city.

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    UGHED: BOTH catalogs as they're released PLUS Mathias Svalina will write an 88 page book about you (to be printed and hand-bound by Ink Press Productions).

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