Novel

Winner receives a $1000 cash prize+publication. Finalists may also
be offered publication. Submissions open February 15 – April 15, 2019.

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Nonfiction

Winner receives a $1000 cash prize+publication. Finalists may also
be offered publication. Submissions open October 1 – December 1, 2020.

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Poetry 

Chapbook winner receives a $500 cash prize+publication. Finalists may also
be offered publication. Submissions open October 1 – December 1, 2019.

Book Prize winner receives a $700 cash prize+publication. Finalists may also
be offered publication. Submissions open October 1 – December 1, 2019.

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Compilation

Winner receives a $1000 cash prize+publication. Finalists may also
be offered publication. Submissions open February 15 – April 15, 2019.

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welcome!

Why open a small press?

Someone once told me, “The greatest story ever told was probably never finished.” The idea might have manifested itself on the page, but  for one reason or another never made it to publication. 

I want to give those writers who have a great story to tell or stellar poems to share an outlet for their voice. I want to publish authors I believe in.

V Press is small. I like it that way. There’s more flexibility. I can publish works that are fresh and original, works that empower, educate, encourage or inspire–the best works are those that get into the bones. And I look forward to reading pieces that will live inside my marrow.                            

Torie Amarie Dale, Director & Managing Editor

 

latest news

  • “Change.” Collaborative Poem by Room 230 entitled, “Change.” Performed on stage at Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center’s September “ReVIEWING” conference at the University of North Carolina at Asheville by Lee Lawson Stockdale, Chris Kamm, Allen Guest, Torie Amarie Dale and Molly Lena Silverstein.

  • Queens Alumni Professional Development Weekend. Torie Amarie Dale taught Queens University of Charlotte’s MFA Alum how to write the sex scene and participated in a panel discussion along with April Ford, Wendi Berry, Mimi Milan, and Cliff Garstang on continuing education after the MFA and transitioning between genres.

  • “Search for the Words” is a free Poetry & Word Art Workshop for Greer Relief and Resources Agency for their RENEW program. Torie Amarie Dale will teach newbies and old pros how to use language to convey thoughts effectively. Then, if desired, students can convert their masterpieces into works of Word Art. This is a class meant for enjoyment, empowerment and motivation. It will allow participants to examine and express themselves freely. And what is greater than the power of expression?

 

REBECCA BRIDGE
Our $500 Poetry Chapbook Winner

 

 

How to Make Butter Like a Pilgrim

 

Pour a cup of milk into your pocket and then visit the
house of every human you’ve ever met and tell them,
It was a pleasure knowing you in this lifetime, hope to see you
once more in the next.” Never look behind you, just head
out West at a slow churn.

 

“This little poem, along with all the others in Rebecca Bridge’s A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems, seems the product of a marriage between Seneca’s wit
and brevity and Emily Dickinson’s stunning lyricism. From each poem’s title to its last word, I found myself in awe of this poet’s ability to sustain such freshness
of language and imagination, and to hold in perfect balance such profundity and lightness. Though her Instructions for How to Be Instructed suggest we read
one poem a day, I dare anyone who opens this book to try to stop at just one…”

 

— Cathy Smith Bowers, V Press LC Guest Editor and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina

New Releases

Books coming November 2019.

A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems

by Rebecca Bridge