Where to Submit this Winter


Hey there! Just because my submission train is slowing down doesn’t mean yours has to. I’ll be taking a break through the holiday, but in case you’re on top of your game and looking for markets, here’s a fantastic list of presses with open reading periods for full-length poetry manuscripts.

Once you’ve combed through that, here’s another awesome list curated by Entropy that will keep you busy with markets across all genres open through the end of winter and beyond.

Keep at it, seriously. Submitting persistently really does work, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. After tackling this like an animal since April, as of last week I’ve got three book projects coming out in 2015. I’m tapped out of stuff to send out, and am taking time to write new stuff! Stay tuned for more info about upcoming releases, and other updates.

Happy Holidays, all.

Submissions – Black Balloon Publishing



Hey! Wow, do I have a ton of rejections to log. They flew in over the last couple of weeks while I was too busy to do much. If I kept a rejection jar (stick in a dollar or two every time a rejection comes through and take it all out when you get an acceptance–thanks, Leslie!) I’d really be saving a ton of money right now. Well, onward! Black Balloon Publishing is reading manuscripts for free, and I’ve still got a nonfiction manuscript waiting to find a home.

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Subito Press Book Prizes


Hello! This one is pricey, but hear me out. The judges are fantastic and I’ve been super excited to send my manuscript here. Subito Press is currently reading manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for their annual contest. Even if you don’t win in your genre, your book will still be considered for publication. They don’t have an open reading period other than these contests, so now is your chance to submit!

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Brick Road Poetry Book Contest

Brick Road Poetry Press

Hello! As tweeted, today begins the fourth full month of this submission project. I’ve sent out 96 submissions so far, and looking back on it, I have no idea how I found the time to do it, haha. As a side note,  I received rejections today from The Chattahoochee Review and The Four Quarters Magazine, but as usual, that’s okay! August means that tons of places are re-opening for submissions after a long summer break. One of those is the annual Brick Road Poetry Book contest. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a publication contract.

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Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Contest

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Hey! I did a ton of work on the site today. I already tweeted about it, but in case you missed it, I revamped the category system so that you can sort by “rolling deadlines.” This is great, because there’s no way to add those types of deadlines to the calendar. Speaking of the calendar (!) I added a ton of deadlines to it. Don’t forget to check it out! There’s no way I can submit to everything, so there’s plenty of markets there that haven’t been featured yet. Other than that, I’ve finally gotten around to submitting to Omnidawn’s First/Second Poetry Book Contest.

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Plain Wrap Press Open Manuscript Reading Period

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Full disclosure: I had no idea Plain Wrap Press existed until I noticed a friend listed it as a place he had published in. When I found them again and dug through their site, besides the excellent writing posted there, there was also fantastic news. Plain Wrap Press is currently reading chapbooks and full-length manuscripts (for free!).

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Tupelo Press July Open Reading Period

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Before I say anything about the Tupelo Press open reading period for chapbooks and full-length poetry manuscripts, I want to be open about the fact that the reading fee is $28. I know that’s really high, but Tupelo Press is independent and nonprofit. If you’ve got the money saved away in your submission fund, this is a high-quality market that will treat your manuscript with respect. I’ve been focusing on free submissions for the last week or so to offset this cost a bit.

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Civil Coping Mechanisms Mainline Submissions


Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM) is an amazing small press that’s always open for submissions. Their Mainline contest, which is only open for one week during the months of February, June, and September, isn’t a replacement for the regular submissions process. It is, however, a chance for rapid response on the manuscripts submitted during this period. It starts today, and only lasts a week. Read on, and get on this right away!

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Publishing Genius Open Reading Period


Publishing Genius Press is an amazing example of what someone can do with a strong love of writing and the will to spread writing to as many readers as possible. Adam Robinson tells the story way better than I could, so check out this tumblr post. I read this and became an instant fan of this press and everything it does. Maybe you’ll be inspired to follow them and submit work of your own. They’re looking for chapbooks and full-length manuscripts in all genres and the genres in-between.

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Black Lawrence Press Open Reading Period

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As promised, throughout the month of June Black Lawrence Press is hosting a free open reading period! This time, they note that they’re looking for “novel, novella, short story collection (full-length and chapbook), poetry (full-length and chapbook), biography & cultural studies, translation (from the German and the French), and creative nonfiction.” As you know, fee-free is rare, so get on this!

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