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    Kore Press

    From their web site:
    Kore Press was founded in 1993 by the creative efforts
    of book designer Lisa Bowden and poet Karen
    Falkenstrom. Building on the energy of the Women in
    Print movement of the 60s and 70s, Kore's vision has
    been to publish and distribute excellent works of
    literary and artistic value by a diversity of
    women, those traditionally underrepresented in the
    cultural mainstream; to promote those voices; and to
    educate young people about bookmaking, printing, the
    literary arts as social activism, and publishing.
    Inspired by the words of Alison Deming on how to
    survive as a woman artist, Kore opened house and
    printed Ms. Deming's terse advice as their first
    publication, called Girls in the Jungle. Since then,
    this feminist-literary-arts-press has brought over 40
    creative works by established and new voices into
    print.
    http://www.korepress.org/index.htm

    They say that January is their "open submissions" period. They charge a reading fee (I know, I know!)

    Vanity Press? Something else? For a publisher that's been in business for 15 years, they don't seem to offer many titles.

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    I know you know--but I can't help but comment on the tension between a press trying to support diversity and accepting submissions only from people willing and able to pay a $30 reading fee. (Unless income level is not considered relevant to that issue).

    I notice a best Amazon rank of #137,432 and Borders says this book cannot be found in store at any location.
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    Not available at B&N, either, Veinglory. And your point about the $$$ and diversity is well taken.

    On Amazon, it says there's a wait for the book which suggests POD, yes?

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    Either vanity or inexperienced - I'm leaning more towards the latter. Either way, not worthwhile.
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    I think they're one of those tiny literary non-profit presses that publish niche feminist poetry and literary works. I've never heard any hint of scam or cluelessness about them. Gival Press also charges a reading fee for its short story contest, and Gival is eminently respectable.

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    This is not for their contest, which I would understand. It is a straight out reading fee for non-contest submissions.
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    Yeah. A lot of contests involve a small reading fee, including those conducted by publishers, but a publisher shouldn't charge a reading fee for ordinary submissions. Given the number of niche publishers that don't charge any sort of reading fee, I don't see any reason to submit to one that does, even if, as in this case, it's pretty clearly not any kind of scam.

    If that makes any sense. I'm wacked on drugs at the moment (bad back sprain).

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    Made sense to me Victoria. Hope you feel better soon
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    Site is currently showing "expired domain" placeholder, but the blog's still up: http://www.korepress.blogspot.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaoPaux View Post
    Site is currently showing "expired domain" placeholder, but the blog's still up: http://www.korepress.blogspot.com/
    Uh-oh. Not a good sign. I hope this doesn't mean they are defunct. I'd decided not to submit to them, but I applaud their hard work and their vision. They seem to be admired and respected in the Phoenix area. It would be a shame if they have fallen victim to the current economy.

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    And they're back!

    Interesting bit on their news page:
    Yale Beinecke Archive Sale

    We are pleased to announce that Yale University has purchased Kore Press's archives to include in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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