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Current Contest

Congratulations to Jennifer Perrine, winner of the 2023 QTBIOC Prize for Beautiful Outlaw. 


This book contest is open to QTBIPOC-identified, feminist, innovative writers/poets. The winning manuscript was chosen by Ching-In Chen, winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Poetry for recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). The prize winner will receive publication along with a $1,000.00 cash award to help aid in book promotion, travel, event attendance, and a general contribution to the hopes of thriving as an artist.This prize continues Kelsey Street’s commitment to publishing a poetics of inclusion.

Past Contests


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In this series of first books by emerging writers, Kelsey Street Press continues to link its editorial policy of addressing the marginalization of women, trans, and genderqueer writers to a poetics of allowance that encourages them to write directly from their own creative imperatives.


Frances Jaffer Award

The Frances Jaffer Book Award was for a first book of poetry that is experimental in spirit and practice. The Award was established in 1999 in honor of Bay Area poet and editor Frances Jaffer (1921–1999) and was given in 2000, 2001, and 2003. The winning selections were published by Kelsey Street Press.

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