GFT Press: an All Profits to Charity Literary and Art Press
GFT Press was an all profits to charity literary and art press with a very clear-cut vision. Their focus here was not only to share remarkable work with the world but also to benefit charity through doing so.
This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2016 archived pages providing a very brief glimpse of what this site offered its readership and writers.
We publish new material online the first Thursday of each month (Ground Fresh Thursday) and in print semiannually (GFT Presents: One in Four). GFT Press will be donating any and all profits to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Editor-in-chief - Jack Daniel Miles
Jack Daniel Miles is a writer, volunteer educator, and musician currently residing in Gainesville, FL. Jack's primary motivation for becoming involved in a project like GFT Press stems from his own success in triumphing over OCD and anxiety. Jack's work has most recently been featured or is forthcoming in Indiana Voice Journal, Down in the Dirt Mag, Corvus Review, and on Danse Macabre's DM du Jour. You can check out his sporadically updated blog and some of his other work at jackdanielmiles.com. You can also follow him at twitter.com/jackdanielmiles.
Contributing Editor - Carl Wade Thompson, PhD
Carl Wade Thompson is a writer and the graduate programs writing tutor at Texas Wesleyan University. His poems and essays focus on personal memories, class, and his experiences living with mental illness. His work has appeared in The Enigmatist, The Mayo Review, The Concho River Review, Anak Sastra, Elegant Rage, Sheepshead Review, Cenizo, Crosstimbers, The Blue Collar Review, andLabor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. He is also a contributing editor at GFT Press.
Interviewer-at-large - Ruth F. Hunt
Ruth F. Hunt is the author of The Single Feather and a columnist for the Morning Star (UK). Along with having a mood disorder, she has worked in the provision of mental health services in a formal and informal capacity. Ruth is fascinated by the links between creativity and mental health and truly enjoys conducting interviews for GFT Press and other publications. You can find out more about Ruth via her blog at www.rhunt4.com and on Twitter as @RFHunt1.
Contributing Editor - Sara Whitestone
Sara Whitestone is a novelist-in-progress, an essayist-in-practice, and an un-tortured-poet-in-process. In exchange for coaching in creativity, Whitestone’s perse students introduce her to the mysteries of the world. Whitestone has presented workshops at Chautauqua, Johns Hopkins, and other venues where external beauty and internal words merge. Whitestone is a contributing editor at GFT Press, and her works have appeared either in print or online in The Portland Review, Word Riot, The Piedmont Virginian, Literary Traveler, SLAB, and many others. Whitestone’s current project is a fictional autobiography titled Counting to 100. To learn more about Whitestone’s inner and outer adventures, visit sarawhitestone.com.
Ground Fresh Thursday
Publishing New Lit and Art the First Thursday of Every Month
Allen Forrest, Granville Street at Hudson's Bay
Submissions: Please Review This Entire Section (Yes, we know it’s a lot)
WE WANT TO EXPERIENCE YOUR ART, YOUR LIFE, AND YOUR WORLD!
Whether it's a journey through our priceless existence, a struggle to achieve personal contentment, a heart-wrenching brush with defeat, an intelligent observation on humanity, a deep desire for your voice to be heard, stirring inspiration, or just pure entertainment, we want it and will strive to share it.
We want your best, most remarkable, polished work.
We publish new material online the first Thursday of each month (Ground Fresh Thursday) and in print semiannually (the first issue of our print journal, GFT Presents: One in Four, is now available).
- Poetry: Up to 5 poems per submission
- Fiction: Short stories up to 3000 words
- Flash Fiction: Up to 1000 words (Please make it at least semi-coherent—beginning, middle, end—get in, get out, make sense.)
- Nonfiction: We are flexible on the nonfiction word count, but we prefer less than 2000 words.
- Interviews: For the most part, we are looking for interviews that directly relate to literature, art, and/or mental health. If you have an interview that you are unsure is a proper fit, please query email@example.com prior to submitting.
- Visual Art: Almost anything. We are cool with photography, paintings, sketches, comics, etc. If you tell us it’s art, we’ll try and take your word for it and be objective. Hey, we might even ask to use it to decorate the website! (Art submissions accepted for print publication will be utilized on the front and/or back cover of the journal.) You are permitted to submit up to five pieces of visual art. If you are unable to place all pieces in one file, you may complete multiple submissions within Submittable in this category.
You may also be wondering what we don’t want. Well, we really don’t dig the wildly graphic, overtly obscene stuff—nothing that would be considered pornographic. No disrespect to the folks who are into creating that kind of art and literature, but it just ain’t our bag at GFT Press. With that being said, we are okay and understanding of the use of mature themes and language within literature and art—life is what it is.
A Few of the Authors and there were many...
Beautiful front cover art by W. Jack Savage entitled, Late to the Renewal Game
Fiction - "Attempts. Failures."
A.S. Coomer is a writer of fiction and poetry. He likes cats, books, and comics. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in issues of Red Fez, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Literary Orphans Journal, The Quill, Blotterature, Flash Fiction Magazine, Oxford Magazine, The Poets Without Limits, The Broadkill Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Thirteen Myna Birds, Intrinsick, Serving House Journal, and others. He’s got some novels finished but is having the hardest time finding somebody to put ‘em out. You can find him at www.ascoomer.wordpress.com.
Comment: I first read A.S.Coomer's prose here at GFT Press and became a fan. In 2017 a new book of his was published called The Fetishists. Some of the reviews on Goodreads.com (and there are a lot) might give you pause.
This is definitely not for all audiences. The first half of this book goes back and forth in time. There is a secret fetish auction and the aftermath when Jefferson wakes up missing fingers in an unknown place. Around the midway point, we find out what has happened and the novel somehow becomes even more disturbing. It's very bleak! I don't think I can recall a time where I felt physically sick reading a book before this. It was a very well-told story. I enjoyed the writing style, it was masterful without being flowery. I'm not sure if 'I enjoyed it' is accurate, but I'd recommend picking it up if you're thinking about it.
Or my review: Absolutely wild from start to finish! I've been meaning to read this so I bought it for kindle so I had something to read on my phone if I forgot to bring a book with me, but I couldn't put this down! So fucking twisted.
Wow. I bought this novel a few hours ago and could not put it down. From start to finish the story is filled with suspense and tension and I found myself flipping pages faster and faster to find out what was going to happen next. Written with the unique ability only the best authors have, the fantastic goriness in the book will play out in your mind in the full vivid red the book evokes. I could physically feel myself start to tense up in the more harrowing parts of the book and would have to pause for a moment and regain some calm before continuing. Really riveting read.
My partner was intrigued by my total immersion in the story. We were supposed to be getting ready for a ski vacation out in Aspen Colorado. My partner was trying to get me to check out these new North Face jackets she had found at Bob's Sports Chalet where we buy all out outdoor clothing. I love that online store. I could probably spend a half a day looking at all their equipment. But I couldn't put down The Fetishists. Fortunately for me, my partner pretty well knows my taste and ended up ordering a new North Face ski jacket for me, unbeknownst to me. It wasn't until the jacket arrived a week later did I realize what she had done. Hey, but I loved the jacket, almost as much as I loved the The Fetishists.. Check out A.S. Coomer's two newest books that were published in 2018, Shining the Light, and in 2019, The Devil's Gospel. They are available in Kindle Editions which is the best way to read, and reread them. At least I think so.
So I just want to thank GFT Press for my initial introduction to A.S.Coomer. Too bad yo have not lasted as long as he has.
David Anthony Sam
Poetry - "Song of Sixth Extinction," "Becoming"
Born in Pennsylvania, David Anthony Sam now lives in Culpeper, Virginia, with his wife and life partner, Linda, and serves as president of Germanna Community College. He has two collections: Dark Land, White Light (1974, 2014) and Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves (2014). Sam was the featured poet in the Winter 2016 issue of The Hurricane Review and in 2015 was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Poetry - "Ashes and Tombstones," "Atonement"
Charles Joseph lives and writes in Montclair, NJ. He is the author of four poetry chapbooks that people seem to really like, and No Outlet (a novel) that he’s currently shopping to agents. His new chapbook, Fireball (12 quasi-epic poems of cheerful doom and gloom), is available at www.indigentpress.com.
Poetry - "Playing Darts with a Prodigy," "The Lonely Wanderer"
Levi Jiorle is a 24-year-old poet from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. What he loves most about writing is how it reveals your emotional state, which allows you to connect with people who would otherwise seem unfamiliar. Besides being a poet, he is also a bassist, craft beer enthusiast, and a college student majoring in English education. He has been previously published by Lehigh Valley Vanguard and Cultured Vultures.
Devin J. Donovan
Poetry - "The Sound of Being"
Devin J. Donovan lives in Charlottesville, VA where he teaches writing at the University of Virginia and moonlights as a plumber. Devin's poetry has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Three Line Poetry, and is forthcoming in The Gap-Toothed Madness. His recent plumbing work is forthcoming in a basement apartment to which he is adding a kitchen.
Poetry - "Pill Box," "Diagnosis"
Tom Russell lives in Nebraska and has worked at the Omaha Public Library for the past two of his six decades.
Poetry - "Evasion"
An optimist, linguist, singer, and founder of the Broadneck Writers’ Workshop, J.C. Elkin publishes prose and poetry in such journals as Kansas City Voices, Kestrel, Delmarva Review, and Angle. Her chapbook World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom (Apprentice House, 2014) is based on her experiences teaching English to immigrants.
Poetry - "Scenes from the Indianapolis Art Museum"
Frances Klein is a high school English teacher. She was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and taught in Bolivia and California before settling in Indianapolis with her husband, Kris. She has been published in the Indiana Voice Journal.
Carrie Ann Golden
Fiction - "Journal of Life"
Carrie Ann Golden is a native of the Adirondack Mountains who, not in her right mind, relocated to North Dakota. She now lives on a farmstead full of cats and bunnies. A wife to a former Naval officer, and mother to a preteen son, Carrie writes short stories, poetry, and occasionally take assignments as a citizen journalist.
CHAPBOOK CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED...WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1st
2016 GFT Press Chapbook Contest
Please Read The Contest & Submission Guidelines Carefully
Submissions open from March 14th - June 30th
Grand Prize: Winner will be awarded publication, a brand new iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 16GB - Space Gray ($399 retail value), 10 contributor copies, and 10% royalties on all copies sold.
Runner-up: Runner-up will be awarded publication, 5 contributor copies, and 10% royalties on all copies sold.
What we are looking for: We want clean, coherent, well-written, creative, cohesive manuscripts that strike hard and are relentless. We want to feel what you felt when you were crafting your work. If you choose to submit work that is grisly and biting, it must have a grace and beauty to it. If you submit work that is beautiful, make sure that it is not simply beautiful for beauty's sake alone. Show us that you respect your work and that you understand your craft. We do not want clichés or pseudo-cleverness. We do not want manuscripts that are defined only by the words on the page. We crave manuscripts that leave an indelible impression deep within us. Captivate us, surprise us, draw us in, but no matter what, do not bore us.
This contest is open to unpublished English language poetry manuscripts of up to 20 pages (page count is for total pages of poetry) from new, emerging, and established writers. Manuscripts that have been self-published are not eligible. It is okay if individual pieces within the manuscript have been published elsewhere, but you must include an acknowledgements page within your manuscript. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but please keep in mind that the contest entry fee is non-refundable, and the simultaneous submission must be withdrawn through Submittable immediately if accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are also accepted, but each will require their own entry fee. Please DO NOT include any artwork with your submission. Cover art will be discussed with the grand prize winner and runner-up prior to publication. Please include a title page, table of contents, acknowledgements page (if necessary), dedication (if desired), and a cover letter (these items do not count against page count), but DO NOT include any identifying personal information within your manuscript or within the manuscript file name. Authors related to, or who have a close personal relationship with, anyone working or volunteering with or for GFT Press are not eligible. Current and previous GFT Press contributors are welcome to submit manuscripts. Any submitters failing to follow contest guidelines and/or submission guidelines will have their manuscript immediately withdrawn from consideration. The entry fee for the GFT Press 2016 Chapbook Contest is only $8. If you are a current subscriber to our print journal, GFT Presents: One in Four, your entry fee is only $5. You have the option in Submittable to enter the contest and subscribe to the journal simultaneously, as well.
Contest winners will be contacted by email and announced on or before October 1st. Contest prizes will be awarded upon publication. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through Submittable (no exceptions will be made to this rule). GFT Press reserves the right to continue to sell, reprint, and publish selected manuscripts, and individual works contained within, in both electronic and printed forms. Royalties will be paid to authors on all chapbook sales until such a time as GFT Press terminates publication of the selected manuscript. All submissions will be considered for publication by GFT Press. By submitting your manuscript to the GFT Press 2016 Chapbook Contest you are acknowledging that you have read the contest and submission rules and guidelines and agree to all terms and conditions therein.
- With the exception of visual art, please send no more than one submission per category at any one time. We’re totally fine with submissions in multiple categories, just don’t send two or three short stories and three separate poetry submissions all at once. Seriously, just stick to the rules listed above for each category.
- If accepted for publication, please wait at least six months before submitting again. If your submission is declined, please wait at least thirty days before submitting again. Although, there are cases where we may request to see additional work immediately.
- Please double space your prose submissions and single space your poetry. Keep in mind, we’re NOT huge fans of crazy formatting, but we’ll try to keep an open mind if you happen to be the reincarnation of e. e. cummings.
- We will usually respond to General Submissions within three to four months.
- Please upload your submission as one document. For visual art submissions, we accept jpg, gif, tiff, and png. For prose and poetry submissions, we prefer doc or docx, but you can also send pdf, rtf, and txt files.
- Simultaneous submissions are cool, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Depending on which category you have submitted in, either go into Submittable and withdraw the entire piece or go to your submission and add a note stating which particular part of your submission is no longer available.
- Submissions will ONLY be accepted through Submittable.
- Please include a third person bio with your submission. We do not necessarily want a laundry list of all of the publications you have appeared in. As a matter of fact, we don’t even care if you have any publications to list or not. We like the personal, the intimate, the remarkable—we want readers to know who YOU are—and if you wish, you can still include some brief academic and publishing glories. Please try and keep bios under a 100 words. GFT reserves the right to edit bios for length, but we will only do so when absolutely necessary.
- Currently, we will be reading submissions year-round for both the print journal and the website. If this ever changes, we will alert our community immediately.
Submitting is free, but we also give you the opportunity to support the GFT Press mission with an inexpensive donation option. Seriously, the donation option is probably cheaper than if you were to submit to a publication via USPS. How cheap? Well, 3 bucks. You will also receive a response to your submission within 14 business days! (Our business days are Monday through Friday.) We hope that you will choose to support GFT Press with a donation. The focus here at GFT Press is not only to share remarkable work with the world but also to benefit charity through doing so. We are fighting to be as frugal as possible, and it is all volunteer work. We are not funded by a university, we are not going to do any fundraising auctions, and we sure as heck ain't sellin' cookies. We appreciate all those who choose to submit their work to us, but hopefully you will do so because you truly believe in our worthwhile mission.
When you go into Submittable, you will also see options for things like 7-Day Response + One-Year Subscription to Print Journal, 3-Day Response + GFT Press Big Love Donation, etc. The $10 donation option is a more powerful way to support the GFT Press mission, and you will receive a response to your submission within 3 business days! (Our business days are Monday through Friday.) Of course, subscribing to the semiannual GFT Press journal, GFT Presents: One in Four, is a very much appreciated way of supporting the GFT Press mission, too. As a bonus, current print journal subscribers automatically receive a 7-day response on all submissions! (Make sure to submit in the Current Print Journal Subscriber category if you are already subscribed to GFT Presents: One in Four. Your subscription status will be verified by GFT Press.)
Just to be fair, subscriptions to GFT Presents: One in Four and donations toGFT Presswill not assure any submitter a higher chance of acceptance, but we will be unbelievably grateful.
Currently, we are going to strive to provide U.S. print contributors one free copy of the issue in which their work appears—print contributors who are also current subscribers can still choose to receive a free copy of the issue in which their work appears, or they can opt for a partial-year extension to their subscription if their work appears in an issue that is released during their active subscription period. Print contributors living outside of the U.S. will be responsible for international shipping costs.
By submitting to GFT Press, you are also agreeing to receive occasional email communications from us, which can be unsubscribed from at any time by following the link in the email.
Upon acceptance, GFT Press acquires first-time North American rights and the right to reprint in print and electronic formats. After publication, all other rights revert to the author/artist. The work may be reprinted elsewhere, but we ask that an appropriate acknowledgement to GFT Press, Ground Fresh Thursday, and/or GFT Presents: One in Four is made.
Very rarely will GFT Press accept previously published work, and a query must be made to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the submission of any previously published material. GFT Press considers published work as work published in print in North America, or in electronic form on public websites, e-zines, e-journals, academic websites, etc. Work previously posted to personal blogs, personal websites, and personal social media accounts is permitted, but we request that the author/artist remove the work prior to submitting it for publication on the GFT Press website or in the GFT Press journal, GFT Presents: One in Four.
Okay, if you made it through all of that, yay! If you are ready to submit, please click below! Submit your best work. We can’t wait to check it out.