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An outline of our Annual Contest, What We offer Our Authors, & Some Nostrovia! History Morsels
We're often found vending & busking across the US--at independent festivals, open mics, solicited stages, & wherever feels good to kick it.
Occasionally we work with brick & mortar bookstores. Because we haven't uncovered an extra dozen work horses hidden in our body's abilities, we also distribute thru our online store.
HISTORY MORSELS : The seeds planted at 16, cutting class & stealing printer ink from the teacher's lounge for zines & chapbooks that looked exactly like what they were; punky diy teenage angst titles. Thankfully, that angst was fertile with curiosity. & that curiosity tumbled a long series of happy accidents that resulted in crossing paths with Christopher Morgan, the founder & editor our annual Chapbook Contest series.
Inspired by the BEST PRIZE chapbook contest at Big Lucks, our first contest kicked off early 2015 to prepare for our third round at the NYC Poetry Festival. Winners had the oppurtunity to fill our performance line-up.
Community response surpassed expectations. Over 80 submissions landed in our inbox within 48 hrs. Those #s steadily rose as subsequent contests established Nostrovia! Press in the indie lit community. The support & love we've received has been pivotal to our development as a press. Your input & feedback helps us interpret our compass, examine how we navigate community, & evaluate ourselves as individuals relative to that community.
2015 concluded successfully with an online poetry reading featuring the contest's finalists & winners. We were celebrating the strong debut of all 3 titles selling out within a couple of months of their release, 3x succesful Books & Shovels tour, our new friends & connections, the "Best Chapbook Series" award N!P received at The Fifth Annual Beachies, & to avoid tempting the list to continue past your patience, the celebration occured in conjuction of the free PDFs re-release of 2015's winners.
2015 became a model we tweaked & twisted, cultivated, mistaked, developed & matured through the subsequant 4 years of contests.
2016 also debuted at the NYC Poetry Festival, followed by a Books & Shovels tour hitting the Tucson Poetry Festival, Save the Date Brooklyn Poetry Festival, This Lil Lit Fest in Denver, & a scattered score of open mics & street corners.
We've done our best to grow our press & ability to offer our authors unique, efficient distribution. In that spirit, in 2018, Bob Sykora joined our crew as a Chapbook Editor.
2020, & Nostrovia! is a slow burn. 2019 was our first quiet year. Editors relocating, non-literary travel, amorphous iteneraries ... but our excitement to bring your work into the world still glows strong <3