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Essay Press is dedicated to publishing artful, innovative and culturally relevant prose. We are interested in publishing single essays that are too long to be easily published in journals or magazines, but too short to be considered book-length by most publishers. We are looking for essays that have something to say, essays that both demand and deserve to stand alone. We particularly welcome work that extends or challenges the formal protocols of the essay, including, but not limited to: lyric essays or prose poems; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy.

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Submissions are open for the 2021 Essay Press Book Contest, cosponsored by the University of Washington in Bothell MFA program. Given for manuscripts “that extend or challenge the formal possibilities of prose,” the award includes publication by Essay Press, a cash prize of $1,000, and an invitation to read on the Bothell campus near Seattle, travel expenses covered. Lyric essays, prose poems or poetics, experimental biography and autobiography, and hybridized text/art manuscripts, among other forms, are eligible. Ronaldo Wilson will judge.


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Using only the online submission system , submit a manuscript of 70 to 200 pages with a $20 entry fee ($25 to receive a copy of a previously published Essay Press book) by December 15 . Some fee waivers are available. All entries will be considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines .

Authors Eula Biss, Stephen Cope, and Catherine Taylor founded Essay Press in 2006. The independent, volunteer-run press publishes “artful, innovative writing that questions convention and explores issues of significant contemporary relevance.” Previous winners of the book contest include Valerie Hsiung, Silvina López Medin, and Yanara Friedland.

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Essay Press / MFA Book Contest

Each year the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics sponsors a book contest with our friends at Essay Press , which is dedicated to publishing artful, innovative, and culturally relevant prose.

The EP/UWB MFA Book Contest publishes manuscripts that extend or challenge the formal possibilities of prose, including but not limited to: lyric essays and prose poems or poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, interdisciplinary historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy. Simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, collaborative manuscripts, digital and hybridized text/art manuscripts are all welcome.

The winner of the contest receives an award of $1,000, book publication by Essay Press, and travel expenses for an invited reading at UW Bothell. Our students interview the authors for publication online and have the chance to interact with them at events on and off-campus.

The contest opens each autumn and has rotating judges. For complete guidelines, please visit Essay Press .

Previous winners

Kelly Puig

The Book of Embers Selected by Amaranth Borsuk

Toby Altman

Toby Altman

Jewel Box Editors’ Choice Selection

The 2021 Contest was judged by Rondaldo V. Wilson.

Jade Lascelles

Jade Lacelles

Violence Beside

Sarah Rose Nordgren

Sarah Rose Nordgren

The Bird Hat Wearer’s Journal

The 2020 Contest was judged by Renee Gladman.

Valerie Hsiung

Valerie Hsiung

To Love an Artist

The 2019 Contest was judged by Jill Magi and Ching-In Chen.

Silvina López Medin

 Silvina López Medin

Poem That Never Ends (Photo credit: Martí­n Sonzogni)

Yanara Friedland

 Yanara Friedland

Groundswell (Photo credit: Benjamin M Johnson)

The 2018 Contest was judged by Mary-Kim Arnold and Rebecca Brown.

Katherine Agyemaa Agard

Katherine Agyemaa Agard

of color (Photo credit: Gabriel Woodham)

Kaia Preus

The War Requiem (Photo credit: Amy Stockhaus)

Hippocampus Magazine


Hippocampus wants to publish and promote your truth., what do we publish in our magazine.

During our regular submissions periods we accept previously unpublished work in the following categories:

  • Personal Essays & Memoir Excerpts, max 4,000 words. Submit here (we reopen 3/1) .
  • Flash Creative Nonfiction, max 800 words. Submit here (we reopen 3/1) .

(You can also view our main Hippocampus Magazine Submittable landing page here, which will highlight all current opportunities, including sub-free periods in December.)

Reviews, interviews, craft articles, and writing life articles by invitation.

What we publish elsewhere:

  • Memoirs, Essay Collections, Craft Books: View our Books by Hippocampus manuscript submission guidelines .
  • Anthologies: Open anthology calls are also listed at our Books by Hippocampus submissions page .

When can I submit to Hippocampus Magazine?

We have two regular submission periods per year:

  • March 1 through May 31
  • Additionally, our 2024 submission-fee free period is Dec. 1–14, 2024

Occasionally, we may open a call for special theme issues and other magazine-related projects.

What are we looking for in creative nonfiction submissions?

True tales from your life. Honesty that possesses both the situation AND the story. Intensely personal experiences that reflect universal truths about what it means to be human. Firsthand accounts from the FULL spectrum of humanity – folx from the LGBTQIA+ community, Black writers, Indigenous writers, and writers of Color, disabled writers, writers of all genders, backgrounds, experiences, lifestyles, and identities.

What isn’t right for us?

Fiction, poetry, academic works, editorials, social/political commentary, satire, criticism. Timely pieces responding to a current event. Pieces that require special formatting. Pieces that include footnotes. Pitches. Pieces that are prescriptive or come with a lesson. Pieces that undermine, judge, marginalize, or “other” the voices and experiences of different individuals or communities.

What will you get out of publishing with us? 

Hippocampus runs on volunteer energy, submission fees, and generous support from our Friends . We also believe that writing should be valued, and the labor of writers should be compensated.

We offer a $40 honorarium to authors who publish Memoir Excerpts, Personal Essays, and Flash Nonfiction with us. Honoraria are paid via PayPal within about 90 days of publication.

Writers who contribute to our Book Reviews, Interviews, Craft Column, and Writing Life Column are considered volunteer contributors and are not currently compensated.

All pieces are shared via our social channels (Facebook & Twitter) after publication. All magazine contributors are also eligible for a discount to our annual creative nonfiction conference, HippoCamp.

What do we need from you?

  • Formatting Requirements: Your submission should be double-spaced and in a 12-point readable font (ex: Times/Arial/Calibri)
  • Why this matters: We have a concealed reading process, which means your work is judged on the work itself. Our reading panel members do not see your name, cover letter, or any other submission details: they only see the manuscript.

Other requests:

  • Regular submissions come with a $3 submission fee. However, for those unable to cover the fee, we maintain a Submission Fund. To access the fund, contact us here .
  • Please only send us one piece for submission at a time. If you want to send us something else, wait until you hear from us about the first piece you sent.
  • Please be patient. We review pieces as we receive them, and we’re all volunteers, so it might take us a minute. Our typical turnaround time is 4 months.
  • You can submit an excerpt, essay, or flash piece if you have an outstanding query with Books by Hippocampus.
  • We’re happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but if your piece gets accepted by someone else, please withdraw it through Submittable as soon as possible!
  • Take your time. We generally only publish each author once a year. We want to give everyone a chance to be heard.

Want to get in touch about an existing submission? It’s best to send an email to [email protected]; you may also use this contact form . We can’t guarantee that if you DM us on Twitter or send a Facebook message that we’ll see it and respond.

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  • We publish 6 regular issues per year: January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, and November/December.
  • New issues typically go live the Monday of first full week of the month.
  • Reviews, interviews, and articles typically come out the first week of each month.

Remember that publishing is inherently subjective, and therefore, inherently imperfect. Like every other literary publication out there, we do our best to assume best intentions and publish and promote the work we’re moved and inspired by. Just because your piece wasn’t a fit for us doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable and worthy of publication at any one of these amazing platforms for creative nonfiction . Keep writing, keep editing, keep submitting.

These guidelines were updated on Aug. 22, 2023. We can’t wait to read your work!

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C&R Press


C&R welcomes your consideration and work!

All manuscripts in every genre are considered for publication through our full length open general submissions or one of our genre prizes. All of our books are published in print and eBooks.

Each year, C&R Press awards three $1,000 prizes for a poetry book, a novel or short story collection, and a creative nonfiction or memoir book. The winners in each genre, a shortlist, and longlist will be announced in either December of the same year or January of the next. We consider publishing runners-up and other manuscripts. Winning books will receive publication in fall 2025 for 2024 prize submissions. Prizes are an advance against royalties. Each prize winner will also receive a marketing campaign to promote the release of the book valued at $2,000. Any runners-up selected for publication will receive a standard royalty-based contract and generally will be offered publication within a 1-2 year timeline.

All prizes observe the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics. Prizes are also read blind.  Please do not include identifying info inside the manuscript, and see each genre for details. 

C&R Press is engaging our community more than ever, by seeking diverse and submerged voices, and are hosting our first post-pandemic reading at AWP 2024, we hope to host more readings and events at festivals from the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Miami Book Festival, to Decatur Book Festival, and off-site gatherings around the Book Expo, and other events and conferences as we've done in past years.

We look forward to reading your work!

Please read about our long history and some of our authors Honors, Awards & Accolades ! If you'd like to see past contest awardees please visit our submissions page.

*Please note that for work we've classified In Progress we do not allow edits or changes to the manuscript. 

*For non-prize full length fiction, memoir, essays and other manuscripts we can take 6-12 months to respond, in some cases faster and in some longer. Our policy is to give manuscripts that have strong, though not unanimous support, multiple chances to be selected across several reading periods. We welcome inquiries and ask for patience. We are giving each work the read through and consideration it deserves. Please feel free to inquire for non-contest submissions after 9 months by dming us through our FB or IG.

*The prize does not apply to regular submissions under consideration from past full-length open periods.  

In 2024 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories or other types of literary or mixed work. Winter Soup Bowl Chapbooks of poetry are between 20-40 pages. Chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and mixed genre work are between 25-50 pages not including front matter. Manuscript authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollar honorarium, $500 social media and an ad network promotional campaign. We will also publish a short list, and longlist. Entries are open from December 23rd, 2023 until the Spring Equinox, March 21, 2024. In each chapbook series we work with an up and coming artist or graphic designer for our covers. See our previous selections below and on our site! We are looking for work that is developed, polished, and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors in the full-length manuscript process to submit their best work. We read submissions blind. C&R also observes the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

About C&R Press Chapbooks The Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook Series is part of C&R Press's two annual chapbook series that includes the Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Series that is open June 20 through September 21, 2024. See our previous selections below and on our site! Previous Selections for Winter Soup Bowl Dinner at Las Heras, Allison A. deFreese's translation of Luciana Jazmin Coronado 2023 tommy_noun by Maurya Kerr 2022 We Face the Tremendous Meat on the Teppan by Naoko Fujimoto 2021 My Roberto Clemente by Rick Hilles 2020 The Magical Negro Reveals His Secret by Gabriel Green 2019 White Boys from Hell by Jeffrey Skinner 2018 On Inaccuracy by Joe Manning 2017 Heredity and Other Inventions by Sharona Muir 2017 A Hunger Called Music: a verse history of black music by Meredith Nnoka 2016 Ugly Love (notes from the negro side of the moon) by Earl Braggs 2016 Previous Selections for Summer Tide Pool The Consolation of Geomtery by Alice Campbell Romano The Ice Beneath the Earth by Brian Ascalon Roley Rocketflower by Matthew Meade Inside the Orb of an Oracle by Dannie Ruth The Magical Negro Reveals His Secret by Gabriel Green Yell by Sarah Sousa Paleotempestology by Bertha Crombet Atypical Cells of Undetermined Significance by Brenna Womer Love Undefined by Jonathan Katz Relief Map by Erin M. Bertram cuntstruck by Kate Northrop Long Live Books!

$1,000 grand prize and publication for one manuscript of poetry 55-110 pages. All styles, genres, approaches, and voices are encouraged to submit. All manuscripts will be considered for standard publication. Winner, short lists, and longlists will be announced in December 2024.  The selection will also receive a promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks valued at $2000.    

      Submissions are read blind. We also observe the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.     Formatting Guidelines:       12 point font, Garamond or similar style, single spaced.

***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***    Deadline: September 15, 2024

Please see our previous years prize winners announcements below!

2023 Awards List

2022 Awards List

2021 Awards List

2020 Awards List

2019 Awards List

$1,000 grand prize and publication for a novel or short story collection. No maximum page count.  All manuscripts will be considered for standard publication in addition to the prize.  Winner, finalists, and short list will be announced in December 2024.  The selection will also receive a promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks valued at $2,000.

  Submissions are read blind. We also observe the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics. Submission Guidelines:   Include a short summary of the book as well as a longer synopsis (250 words max). Please include bio.   Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:  12 point font, Garamond or similar style, Double Spaced.      ***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***     Deadline: September 15, 2024

$1,000 grand prize and publication for a full-length manuscript of creative nonfiction or memoir including essay collections, hybrid memoirs, and other manuscripts that fit within the genres. No maximum page count.  All manuscripts are considered for standard publication as well! Winner, finalists, and short list will be announced in December 2024. The selection will also receive a promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks valued at $2,000.  

Submissions are read blind. We also observe the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics. Submission Guidelines:   Include a short summary of the book as well as a longer synopsis (250 words max). Please include bio.   Formatting Guidelines:  12 point font, Garamond or similar style, Double Spaced.      ***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***  Extended Deadline: September 15, 2023

C&R Press is open for submissions of full length manuscripts in every genre for our 2024 and 2025 catalogs (And Beyond). We're looking for: novels, poetry, short story collections, creative nonfiction, memoir, essay, experimental and hybrid work -- work that is interesting, tells a story, or is unusual in some capacity, well crafted, and has a voice and perspective. We're also looking for really strong genre work for 2024 and beyond! We've published over 100 books and you can read aboutu our History, and some of our author's Honors, Awards, and Accolades HERE!

  • Historically, C&R Press has published 6-12 books across all genres each year, though this may vary in any given year according to our catalog, editorial schedule, and other factors.
  • For Novels and memoirs, please include a synopsis.
  • See our bookstore for current and upcoming titles HERE !

Please follow us on Facebook for updates, events, news, and more! And look out for our newsletter which launches more frequently in the fall and spring and intermittently all other times. LONG LIVE BOOKS!

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Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply, however, we can only publish a very small fraction of the material we receive. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to the guidelines below. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with Harvard Review before you submit your work. You can find information about the current issue as well as subscription information online.

Do you waive submission fees in case of financial hardship?

If the reading fee at Submittable presents a financial hardship, please email us at info [at]

How should I format my manuscript?

Manuscripts must be paginated and clearly labeled with the author’s name on every page. Please submit no more than 5 poems or 7,000 words of prose. Do not send the only copy of your work as we do not accept responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts.

Do you accept book reviews?

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. If you are interested in reviewing please write to [email protected] describing the kind of books you would be interested in reviewing and enclosing one or more recent clips.

Do you accept paper submissions?

We accept paper submissions by mail:

Harvard Review Lamont Library Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission. Manuscripts will not be mailed back.

How often can I submit my work?

We ask that writers submit no more than twice a year.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but we ask that you notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. If you sent work via Submittable, do not email the editors to withdraw part or all of your submission; instead, withdraw in Submittable, or for partial withdrawals, add a note to your submission.

What is your response time?

While we try to respond to submissions within 6 months, it can occasionally take longer for a manuscript to be read. We ask for your patience as we do make every effort to read all the submissions we receive.

Can I inquire about the status of my submission?

Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to status inquiries.


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Posted December 17, 2021

The Drift :   seeking poetry submissions of up to 6 poems (no more than 10 pages).

The Hennepin Review : Short Fiction Contest! There are no theme requirements, but submissions should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Submissions close December 31.

Some Scripts :   accepting  honest scripts for either the stage, screen, radio, Zoom, webcomics, ect. and essays or reflections regarding the changing landscape of theatre, film, and entertainment/media during the outbreak of Covid-19

Bayou Magazine : James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry! Submissions close January 1.

Variety Pack : open for submissions of both genre (mystery, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, etc) and literary work!” Submissions close January 15.

1807 : accepting writing, photography, and photographs of artwork. Submissions may be entered by members of The University of Maryland, Baltimore community. Submissions close January 21.

Posted December 10, 2021

Reader's Digest : seeking fresh ideas for the new year around topics like mental health, weight loss/fitness & specific health conditions for @readersdigestUK .

Observer : accepting arts pitches for features, interviews/profiles, reviews, even essays (if relevant) at [email protected] .

LAist : accepting pitches from non-professional and non-traditional writers as well as professional writers.

The Nonprofit Quarterly :   seeking articles and pitches covering one or more of our four justice areas—economic, racial, climate, and health justice—as well as leadership, management, and philanthropy.

Quarter After Eight : S hort Prose Contest! Submit up to three previously unpublished pieces of 500 words or fewer of any genre. Submissions close December 15.

Midwest Review is an annual literary magazine that features work by writers, photographers, and artists who live in, have lived in, or have spent time in the Midwest.

Midwest Review : seeking poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, especially from writers in under-represented communities and from writers in or from the Midwest who are currently or have been incarcerated. Submissions close December 31.

Poetry International : The C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize! Y ou may enter up to three poems. Submissions close December 15.

The Timberline Review : seeking submissions on the theme “Transformations.” Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, critical commentary, drama, and screenplays are all eligible. Submissions close December 15.

Meridian :  Editors’ Prizes in Prose and Poetry! This prize is only for writers who have published two or fewer books, including self-published books but excluding chapbooks.” Submissions close December 15.

Granta : seeking fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Submissions close December 18.

Fractured : Monsters, Mystery, and Mayhem Prize! Stories should be no more than 1,000 words. Submissions close December 19.

CRAFT : seeking submissions for its 2021 Creative Nonfiction Award. Submissions can be a variety of genres and styles. Submissions close December 30.

Posted November 19, 2021

WUNC : looking for contributors for its Southern Witness series of stories about how growing up in/moving to the South shaped a very specific facet of your personality or perspective.

The Unwritten : accepting pitches on a rolling basis of personal essays and opinion pieces about chronic illness, disability, and health.

Runner’s World : seeking @runnersworld pitches, especially profiles and love stories about running for reasons other than fitness.

The Masters Review : Novel Excerpt Contest! Your excerpt can come from any point in your completed or in-progress novels, but a synopsis should not be required for understanding the excerpt. Submissions close November 30.

Red Rock Review : accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Submissions close November 30.

The Tiny Journal :   seeking flash fiction submissions that retell old stories in a new way for its fall literary contest. Submissions close December 1.

Posted November 12, 2021

Inverse : looking for freelance features. Send pitches to deputy editor Jacob Kleinman at [email protected] .

The Rumpus :  accepting submissions for its Funny Women column.

PodCastle : seeking fantasy stories up to 6,000 words long. Originals and reprints are both accepted. Submissions close November 30.

Speak Up, Sound Off : accepting submissions from youth and adult writers on the subject of Community Care in a number of genres. Submissions close December 1.

Driftwood Press : looking for fiction between 1,000-5,000 words for the Driftwood Press In-House Short Story Contest. Submissions close January 15.

Qu :  seeking fiction, poetry, essays, and script excerpts. Submissions close January 15.

Posted October 29, 2021

Glamour :  accepting beauty and wellness pitches.

The Verge : looking for tech freelancers

The New Inquiry : seeking submissions for its next issue, ASSETS. Submissions close November 20.

HEAT :  accepting poetry, fiction, essays, or hybrid works. Submissions close November 30.

Sundog Lit : seeks experimental fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Submissions close December 31.

Blue Mesa Review : looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Submissions close on March 1, 2022 or after 500 submissions have been received.

Posted October 22, 2021

JSTOR Daily : seeking to work with "incarcerated writers, formerly incarcerated, directly impacted people, and people who have experience covering issues related to incarceration through a justice and equity lens." DM Morgan Godvin .

Study Hall : looking for pitches on working in media. Send pitches to [email protected] . 

Autostraddle : seeking pitches of reported or personal essays from trans writers. Priority will be given to BIPOC. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Stylist Magazine : accepting pitches of features ideas around #Diwali . Send pitches to  [email protected] . Find pitching guidelines here .

Ice Floe Press : looking for writings and art on the theme of work. Send unpublished work between now and October 31.

North American Review : accepting s ubmissions for the James Hearst Poetry Prize and the Kurt Vonnegut Speculative Fiction Prize until November 1.

Raising Mothers : open for submissions of parenting narratives in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narratives, and more from Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx/ine, and other marginalized communities of color globally.

Posted October 15, 2021

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation : accepting s ubmissions for the 2022 CBC Short Story Prize from Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Submissions close October 31.

Commonwealth Writers : accepting submissions for t he 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize from any citizen of a Commonwealth country who is aged 18 and over. Submissions close November 1.

Reed Magazine : accepting submissions for the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. Submissions close November 1.

That Which Remains : seeking short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Submissions close November 1.

Autostraddle : looking for queer women and/or trans writers, especially writers of color, interested in writing erotic stories for  its SLICK series. Send p itches to [email protected] .

The Daily Dot : seeking pitches for original reporting focusing on internet rights, tech policy, telecom policy, and tech companies. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Posted October 8, 2021

Poets & writers, inc. : looking for pitches about hyperlocal and national stories of interest to writers. send pitches to [email protected] w magazine : seeking pitches, especially from women of color, members of the lgbtqia+ community, and people with disabilities., paper dragon : accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplays, and more. submissions close october 15. full stop quarterly : seeking reported journalism, personal and critical essays, interviews, creative archives, aesthetic products, and book reviews on the theme of cynicism. submissions close october 15. charlotte lit : looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash from n orth carolinian , south carolinian, georgian, tennessean, and virginian writers for its annual writers/south awards. cry magazine : accepting submissions on the subject “just say no,” preferably that reflect on writing or creativity in some way. * posted october 1, 2021, love, dog : accepting pitches and/or completed manuscripts of canine-related writing at [email protected] . american greetings : seeking new freelance writers interested in using the power of their perspectives to foster connection, inclusion, and expression.” grist : looking for writing about " about the idea of chosen family w/r/t climate change." sent pitches to [email protected] . cr press : seeking manuscript submissions for t hree prizes with awards for a poetry book, a novel, or short story collection, and a creative nonfiction or memoir book . the southampton review :   accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. submissions close october 15. the minnesota review :   seeking to submissions of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. submissions close october 15. *, posted september 24, 2021.

Cicada’s Lament : seeking fiction or poetry with elements of Southern Gothic or horror from marginalized creators, particularly Disabled or LGBTQIA+ people of color.

Derailleur Press : looking for short fiction between 3,000–6,000 words that deal with intimacy for its upcoming chapbook.

Smart Mouth : accepting pitches for 300 to 500-word essays or reported posts about food/culture/food culture topics as well as 200 word-ish blurbs about a recommended restaurant or dish at a restaurant with a photo.

Gawker : is open to pitches about news, politics, and celebrity culture. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Slate : seeking pitches for its  #Jurisprudence section about major issues in criminal justice today.

Catapult : accepting personal essay pitches (with drafts if possible) about the holidays and moving, as well as flash fiction pitches under 1 thousand words.

Posted September 17, 2021

Six to Start : looking for scriptwriters with ideas for episodes for their New Adventures series—stories from non-zombie genres. Submissions close September 27.

Stellium : seeking fiction, nonfiction, prose poetry, and art for its fifth issue. The best work in each genre will be awarded the first annual Cusp Prize. Submissions close October 1.

The National Association of Science Writers : accepting applications for the 2021 NASW Diversity Reporting Grants funding story proposals on "how a science or health-related issue is affecting marginalized communities." Applications are due by October 1.

Five South : seeking submissions for the Five South Flash Fiction Prize!

Freelancing with Tim : accepting pitches of stories that " help journalists navigate the industry" for its newsletter.

Verywell Health : looking for freelancers to "take complicated health topics and present them in an understandable, approachable, and SEO-friendly way (not a news position).”

Posted September 10, 2021

Hindsight : seeking nonfiction stories from people around the world that capture what it was like to wake up every day to a new normal. Submissions close September 30.

The Workshop : open call for writing prompts to be shared weekly on Instagram and in a monthly newsletter. Submit by sending an Instagram DM to @the____workshop or by emailing [email protected] .

Salt Hill : Arthur Flowers Flash Fiction Prize for emerging writers of color! Submissions close October 10.

Kitchen Table Quarterly : seeking submissions for its inaugural issue of poetry, creative nonfiction, and art. Submissions close October 31.

Chatelaine : looking for new lifestyle, style, home & food writers. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Vice : looking for stories about getting into – and out of – debt. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Posted September 3, 2021

The Objective : soliciting pitches on how science journalism ignores the communities it should be helping and how science journalists from historically marginalized backgrounds were failed by editors and institutions. Submissions close September 10.

Parthian Books : seeking novels and creative non-fiction (memoirs, biography, critical essays). Submissions close September 19.

The Wild Beauty Foundation : s tudents age ten to eighteen are invited to submit a short story for WBF’s inaugural writing competition. Submissions close September 30.

Nashville Review :  open to submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translation, art, and comics. Submissions close September 30.

The University of Pittsburgh Press : looking to publish books by poets who have previously published full-length collections of poetry for their Pitt Poetry Series . Submissions close September 30.

Autostraddle : seeking pitches about " what it’s like to be Black, Out & Queer from lesbians who are/were part of Black Greek Life AND those who are trying to enter into it.” Pitches close September 7.

Catapult : looking for personal essay pitches on the intersection of beauty & class.

Posted August 27, 2021

Latinx Lit Mag : looking for English-language poetry, fiction (mainstream, speculative, humour) and creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoir) from people who identify as Latinx/Hispanic.

Alternating Current Press : running an open call for short fiction and short creative nonfiction submissions about parenting. Submissions close September 1.

Uncanny : looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction stories (between 750-6,000 words) and poems. Submissions close on September 1.

Tin House : looking for completed drafts of nonfiction work, including memoirs and graphic nonfiction, particularly from writers from historically underrepresented communities. Submissions open on September 4th at 12:01 a.m. PT and close on September 5th at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Container : seeking pitches for stories about people that have been erased from dominant white Western narratives and about cities & placemaking, as well as pitches for live events, video content and podcasts. Submissions close September 19.

Elly Blue Publishing : accepting submissions for original short fiction about bicycling and books, from a feminist perspective. Submissions close October 1.

Posted August 20, 2021

SMITCH + Co : an independent femme-led zine accepting pitches for its fall launch on the theme of media and adolescence.

Gasher Press :  offering a First-Book Scholarship to an emerging writer currently submitting their first-book manuscript in either prose or poetry. Submissions are due by September 1, 2021.

Burningword Literary Journal : seeking   short fiction, short nonfiction, poetry, and photography/digital art. Submissions are due by September 10, 2021.

Motherwell : looking for essays  on a variety of parenting-related themes. Motherwell is also seeking stories for two new series: “Women and Work” and “Siblings” by September 17, 2021.

Autostraddle : seeking pitches  through the end of August for " short pieces from queer people about how it feels to be alive right now ."

The Matador Network :  looking for pitches from indigenous writers related to the TV show R eservation Dogs.   Pitches should be submitted ASAP.

Posted August 13, 2021

The Rumpus :  fall essay reading period runs September 1 through October 11.

The Chestnut Review :  accepting submissions of poetry, flash, and longer works of fiction and nonfiction for its winter issue. The submission period ends September 30.

The Dillydown Review : accepting submissions for the 2021 Dillydown International Fiction Prize! The submission period ends October 31.

Syncopation Literary Journal :  seeks to amalgamate the languages of music and prose and is looking for short stories, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction on the theme of travel and migration. The submission period ends November 21.

The Progressive : seeking pitches for   800-1,200 word political pieces.

Catapult :   looking for pitches of personal essays from immigrants returning to their homeland for the first time since the pandemic began and essays by working writers with takes about "~The Writing Life~."

Posted August 6, 2021

Business Insider : looking for pitches of first-person essays, interviews, and reported pieces that “dig into the professional world.”

Capsule Stories : seeking submissions of “stories, poems, and essays that feel cozy and warm and explore the ways food can bring us together during the winter holidays." Submissions are due by August 31.

Guernica : accepting submissions of “essays, journalism, poetry, fiction, illustration, and beyond—that explore the emotional, interpersonal, and political meanings that hide inside our ideas about uncleanness and hygiene.” Submissions are due by September 1.

Matador : offering freelance assignments to writers interested in travel, food, health and more.

Medium : The Medium Writers Challenge invites writers to share their best ideas on the platform, with the opportunity to win $50,000. Submissions are due by August 24.

Thrillist : looking for POC writers to profile Black business owners around the country. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Posted July 30, 2021

The ruth weiss Foundation : seeking submissions from female, trans, or non-binary poets age 26 and for the Maverick Poet Award and from applicants aged 18-25 for the Emerging Poet Award. Submissions close August 1.

The University of New Orleans Press : looking for unpublished novels or short story collections. Submissions close on August 31.

Writer Advice : seeking your best short prose, story, memoir, essay or cross-genre piece running 750 words or less. Submissions close on September 2.

The Plants & Poetry Journal : accepting poetry, prose, creative nonfiction and mixed media for its upcoming Autumn Equinox Collection exploring growth, harvest, and balance. Submissions close on September 5.

Episodes : newsletter looking for freelance pitches from BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers about pop culture topics. Send pitches to episodes dot pitches at gmail dot com.

Parents Magazine : seeking pitches about the costs of adopting while disabled from “disabled and/or adoptive-parent journalists (or adopted, or any combo thereof).” Send pitches to [email protected] .

The Washington Post: accepting pitches about wellness, parenting and home, as well as pitches of kid-appropriate pieces for KidsPost. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Posted July 23, 2021

Cadastral :  looking for creative works celebrating and/or discussing cultures.

Healthy Rich :  seeking 500-2000 word personal essays on the subject “How has your identity as a woman affected your career, jobs and/or your relationship with money?” Submissions end September 15.

Toad Hall Editions :  looking for poetry, essays, short stories, creative nonfiction and experimental works by writers 18 and younger for the journal Buttered Toast . Submissions are due by August 20.

Split Rock Review : seeking poetry chapbook manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world. Submissions are due by August 31.

Madville Publishing’s :  accepting submissions for The Arthur Smith Poetry Prize, judged by Jesse Graves . Submissions are due by September 1.

Hearst : Features Editor Paulina Jayne Isaac  is  seeking submissions of long-form pieces. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Posted July 16, 2021

Dedalus Press : seeking submissions from Irish and Irish-based voices of poems written since the early months of 2020 about the things, places and activities that have sustained us throughout the pandemic. Submissions close on August 30.

Fodor’s Travel :  accepting pitches for travel story ideas. Send pitches to [email protected] .

Men's Health : editor Taylyn Washington-Harmon is accepting pitches at taylyn[.]washington-harmon[@]hearst[.]com”

Longridge Review : Anne C. Barnhill Prize for Creative Nonfiction! Seeking submissions of essays on the "mysteries of childhood experience, the wonder of adult reflection and how the two connect over a lifespan." Submissions close July 31.

Reservoir Road Literary Review : looking for short stories that are literary fiction, lyrical creative non-fiction, poetry, and photography. Submissions close on July 31, but may close sooner if the submission cap is reached.

Vulture : seeking long-lead tv pitches.

Posted July 9, 2021

Greatist : currently seeking pitches on the subject of sexual health for their " modern millennial's guide to sex." Pitches are due by July 12.

Let’s Stab Caesar : seeking pitches as a new anti-elitist magazine dedicated to publishing art with political fangs. S ubmissions are due by the end of July.

West Trade Review : looking for original and unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, by both new and established writers/artists. The reading period ends August 1.

Dead Skunk :   currently seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, and hybrid works to publish in its first issue. The reading period ends August 15.

Keeping It Under Wraps :   seeing submissions of personal stories or essays about experiences, views and ideas of parenthood, the choice to be, or not to be parents. The reading period ends September 1.

Catapult : looking for pitches of personal essays from immigrants returning to their homeland for the first time since the pandemic began.

Posted July 2, 2021

Bustle : seeking pitches for its Health & Wellness and Tech sections. Send pitches to [email protected] .

GASHER Press : accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art/visual poetry. Submissions are open through July 17.

Input : looking for pitches about what comes next in technology, culture, and the spaces in between. Send pitches to [email protected] .

The Islandia Journal : seeking writing and visual art with themes of myth, folklore, history, ecology, cryptozoology, and the paranormal. Submissions are open through July 15.

Masks Literary Magazine : accepting unsolicited submissions in art, photography, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid genres. Submissions are open through August 15.

V Press LC :  accepting submissions for its bi-annual literary anthology, Running With Water . Submissions are open through July 15.

Posted June 25, 2021

Autostraddle : seeking stories on trans pleasure. Send pitches to Xoài Pham at [email protected] .  

Capsule Stories :  looking for stories, poems, and essays that explore the ways food can bring us together during the winter holidays. Submissions are due by August 31. 

Catapult : looking for fiction, nonfiction, and art comic pitches. Send pitches to Regina Lim at regina.saeha[at]gmail.

Concrete Wolf : accepting poetry submissions for its cephalopod-themed anthology. Submissions are open through June 30.

Neon Door : seeking prose, poetry, music, and visual arts/graphic shorts. Submissions for the exhibit are open through September 1. Submissions for the columns are ongoing.

Pacifica Literary Review : looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and art & design. "Sonnets and memes will receive equal consideration." 

Posted June 11, 2021

Conduit : seeking submissions from poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length poetry book for the Marystina Santiesteven First Book Prize. Submissions close on July 5.

The Kenyon Review : accepting submissions for the Developmental Editing Fellowship for Emerging Writers. Submissions close July 15.

  mater mea : "Black motherhood site looking for personal essays and reported features. Especially interested in hearing from queer parents." Email press [at] matermea [dot] com.

The Detroit Metro Times : seeking pitches about Detroit’s Arab community in the form of a written feature or reported essay.  Pitches are due by July 1.

Narratively : looking for narrative non-fiction (including first-person stories) and photo essays. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Posted June 4, 2021

Rewire : looking for pitches from early-career journalists for reported features, profiles, Q&As, vignettes and photo essays for Rewire’s content areas: Living, Work, Money, Health, Love and Our Future. 

Parents Magazine : seeking pitches on the [monetary] costs of fostering & adoption. Send hed and dek with your pitch to aedelman at meredith dot com. 

InStyle : looking for pitches on the upcoming Olympics!

Philadelphia Stories : Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction! Accepting submissions for this annual national short fiction contest until June 15.

The Poetry London Prize : an internationally renowned award for a single outstanding poem.  Submissions are due June 26! 

Megara Publishing :  seeking supernatural short stories with a historical setting (pre-mid-20th century). Submissions are due July 11. 

Posted May 28, 2021

 The American Humanist Association :  seeking pitches for articles from writers and humanists from traditionally marginalized communities. 

Capsule Stories : looking for stories, poems, and essays that feel autumn-y and grapple with home, history, and identity. Submissions are due by May 31.

Five South : submissions for  The Five South Prize in Poetry  are due June 14. Submissions for the Five South Short Fiction Prize are due June 28.

Gallery Books : BOOKS LIKE US First Novel Contest! Submit twenty-five pages of an original adult novel. Submissions open on June 1 and close on June 14.

The Key West Literary Seminar: accepting applications for its annual Emerging Writer Awards including awards for novels-in-progress, short stories, and poetry. Applications are due by June 30. 

Slate : seeking history-related pitches.

Posted May 21, 2021

1843 magazine : seeking pitches from ambitious narrative journalists who are ready to spend months researching and developing a story.

Abandon Journal : looking for writing and artwork that has been "created with abandon." Submissions are due by May 31, 2021.

Autumn House Press :  2021 Full-Length Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry Contest! Submit your previously unpublished, full-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry manuscripts by June 15, 2021.

Loaded Die Review : seeking poetry, flash fiction, black and white visual art, & open-ended experimental writing that is focused on the experience of living in and navigating the U.S. health care system. Submissions are due by June 1, 2021.

The Monitor : looking for submissions on the following topic: “Whose Harvest? Decolonizing the Food Justice Movement.” Pitches are due by June 15, 2021.

Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry : e merging w riters may submit up to 5 pages of unpublished poetry or 5,000 words of unpublished fiction for The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers! Submissions are due by July 15, 2021.

The official Star Trek website: seeking freelance pitches for stories on a variety of topics including Pride Month, J uneteenth, Father's Day , and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.

Posted May 14, 2021

The Black Youth Project : looking for essays by  millennial    Black writers exploring the themes of m ental health, masturbation, and Imagination and the Arts. You can send your pitch to [email protected] .

CRAFT :    2021 First Chapters Contest! Submit your first chapter or chapters (up to 5,000 words total) of an unpublished novel/novella, completed or in progress, by June 30.

Gossamer : Gossamer's co-founder tweeted they are still accepting pitches for the next issue (the original deadline was May 7th) . You can email your pitch to [email protected] .

Medium : looking for essays to feature on its #StopAsianHate blog. For the opportunity to be featured, s hare your essay on Medium using the tag “StopAsianHate.”

The Michigan Quarterly Review : seeking writing that refracts gender through the prism of race, ethnicity, class, religion, dis/ability, or any other affiliation. Submissions close May 15.

The Moth : seeking submissions of original, unpublished, short stories from anywhere in the world for The Moth Short Story Prize. Submissions close on June 30.

Posted May 7, 2021

Awake :  seeking submissions of p oems, essays, flash fiction, and art for Issue 3: Black Resiliency. Submissions close on May 31, 2021.

Digital Spy : the Digital Spy editor is seeking pitches with first-person narratives about films or shows available on NOW TV with characters that resonate with your LGBTQ+ identity. Submissions close on May 12, 2021.

National Geographic : the National Geographic Travel editor is seeking pitches for a Juneteenth + Travel story. You can submit your pitch to [email protected] .  Submissions close May 14, 2021.

Passager : currently seeking pandemic journal entries written by people age 50 or older. Submissions end May 30, 2021.

Scalawag Magazine : Scalawag editor is looking for reported stories connecting the legacy and lasting role of race.

Tint Journal :  currently seeking short stories, essays, flash fiction, poetry and artwork for its Fall 2021 issue. Submissions close May 31, 2021.

Posted April 30, 2021

The Atherton Review : currently reading poetry, rhetoric, and fiction submissions for Volume 105. Submissions end on May 15, 2021.

Auxocardia : seeking submissions for its May 2021 issue on the theme of “Recovery.” Submissions end on May 15, 2021.

BuzzFeed Reader : seeking pitches on how travel has changed over the past year. You can submit your pitch to [email protected] .

Crab Creek Review : poetry contest! Submissions end May 15, 2021.

The Washington Post Magazine : looking for journalists to contribute to a special issue about the diminished state of local and community news in the United States. Submissions are open through May 21, 2021.

Posted April 23, 2021

AAWW : seeking pitches about diversity work from Black or Asian American writers. Submissions are open through May 7, 2021.

Cosmopolitan : the Sex & Relationships Editor is currently seeking pitches on sex stories. You can submit your pitch to  [email protected] .

Foglifter : accepting poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre work, text-image hybrids, and drama by queer and trans writers for their biannual journal. Submissions are open through May 1, 2021.

NonBinary Review : seeking prose and poetry submissions on the industrial revolution. Submissions are open through May 1, 2021.

The Verge : the Entertainment editor is seeking pitches for stories about games, TV, film, and comics. You can submit your pitch to [email protected] .

Posted April 16, 2021

Autostraddle : curating a trans fiction series, which will feature short stories by six trans writers over six months. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Bronzewood Books : seeking short stories for its Gaslamp Fantasy Anthology. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul : seeking story submissions for an upcoming book based on the theme  “ Counting Your Blessings. ” Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

The Massachusetts Review : essays, short fiction, hybrid, poetry, and translation. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Parachute Magazine : accepting pitches from journalists and photographers based in or near a US news desert. Open for pitches as of April 16, 2021.

YES ! Magazine : accepting pitches on  “ What is enough? ” through April 30, 2021

Posted April 5, 2021

Colorado Review : short fiction, personal essays with contemporary themes, poetry of any style. Year-round submissions.

CRAFT : flash fiction, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Year-round submissions.

EachOther : Inspired Source series of solution-focused pieces aimed at early-career and marginalized writers hoping to break into the publishing industry (400-600 words long and examining a UK human rights issue). Inspired Source is open for pitches as of April 5, 2021.

khōréō : short speculative fiction (under 5,000 words); personal or critical and analytical essays that examine speculative fiction. Submissions are open between April 1 and April 30, 2021.

Nicole Dieker's blog : guest posts on creativity and the creative practice. Open for pitches as of April 5, 2021.

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17 Top Publishers of Essay Collections

By Hiten Vyas

publishers of essay collections

Have you written a collection of essays?

Do you now want to publish your work? If so, it makes sense to find a publishing house that has experience in publishing essays.

Continue reading to find out about 17 top publishers of essay collections.

1. Coffee House Press

Coffee House Press is an independent publishing house based in Minneapolis. Founded in 1972, it started out as a small letterpress operation before evolving into an internationally recognized publisher of poetry, essays, and literary fiction. Today, Coffee House Press continues to publish the works of both emerging and established writers, acting as a catalyst between authors and readers.

Coffee House Press has annual reading periods during which they are open for submissions of novels, essay collections, and long-form essays. There is no set length requirement for submissions, but they do not accept single essays, single poems, and chapbooks. Do note that Coffee House Press only accepts 300 submissions per reading period, so make sure you submit as soon as the reading period begins. Visit their Submittable page to learn more about their submission guidelines. For general inquiries, you can reach Coffee House Press here .

2. Red Hen Press

Located in Los Angeles, Red Hen Press was founded by Mark E. Cull and Kate Gale in 1994 out of their desire to keep creative literature alive. And that desire is still the foundation of everything they do—from publishing outstanding literary works, to promoting literacy in local schools. Red Hen Press publishes non-fiction, literary fiction, and poetry—particularly novels, memoirs, essay collections, poetry collections, creative non-fiction, and hybrid works. To get a better idea of the kind of work they usually publish, you can check out their catalog and submission guidelines .

They are currently accepting unsolicited submissions via their Submittable page , and interested authors may submit a completed manuscript or a sample of at least 20 pages. It usually takes them 3 to 6 months to respond to submissions.

publishers of essays

3. Two Dollar Radio

Two Dollar Radio is a small, family-run press that has garnered national acclaim since its establishment in 2005. They publish original, creative, and subversive books that defy conventional storytelling. Some of the authors whose work they have published are Hanif Abdurraqib, Barbara Browning, Mark de Silva, Paul Kingsnorth, Janet Livingstone, and more.

They are currently open for submissions through their Submittable page . Submissions must include the full manuscript—no proposals or excerpts. If you are interested in submitting your work, it is important that you familiarize yourself with their previous publications since you will be asked to provide a short statement on why you feel they are the right publisher for your manuscript. You can find more information about their submission guidelines here .

4. Unsolicited Press

Unsolicited Press is a small Oregon-based press that publishes creative non-fiction, literary fiction, and poetry. What sets Unsolicited Press apart from other publishers is that every single person who works there is also a writer, and they consider publishing a partnership between the author and the press. They are always open for submissions, and they are currently actively seeking poetry collections, essay collections, memoirs, novels, and creative non-fiction. They also welcome experimental literature. All submissions must adhere to their submission guidelines , or else they will not be read.

If you are interested in submitting an essay collection, you will need to prepare a query letter and book proposal, along with the first three chapters of your manuscript. Do note that they only accept submissions in Word format. Once you are ready, you can send them your submission via email .

5. Sarabande Books

Sarabande Books is a non-profit press that was founded in 1994. They currently have more than 200 titles in print, and they publish approximately 10 books each year, primarily focusing on fiction, poetry, and essays. They have a dedicated readership and have earned a reputation for publishing innovative books with diverse voices. Authors previously published by Sarabande Books have gone on to win or have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, Lambda Literary Awards, National Book Critics Circle Award, and more.

Their annual reading period for essay collections is during the month of September. They are interested in essay collections between 150 and 250 pages. Individual essays in the collection may have already been published in magazines or chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must be previously unpublished. All submissions must follow their guidelines and must be sent through their Submittable page . General inquiries may be sent through Sarabande’s online contact form .

6. Black Lawrence Press

Founded by Colleen Ryor in 2004, Black Lawrence Press is an independent publisher that specializes in fiction, creative non-fiction, and contemporary poetry. The books they publish are distributed to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and various bookstores and retailers across the country. Black Lawrence Press has open reading periods twice a year—one in June and another in November—during which they accept submissions of novels, novellas, prose chapbooks, lyric essay collections, short story collections, biographies, poetry chapbooks, and creative non-fiction.

Black Lawrence Press is quite strict about formatting, so make sure you adhere to the guidelines stated here . If you are ready to send in your submission, you can do so through their Submittable page .

7. Bauhan Publishing

Bauhan Publishing is an independent publishing house with roots going all the way back to the 1930s. It has gone through several different names since its establishment, but its commitment to craftsmanship remains. Even with the rise of on-demand publishing and new media, Bauhan Publishing believes that their traditional publishing model gives them an edge that newer companies don’t have. In addition to publishing high-quality books, Bauhan also hosts the annual Monadnock Essay Collection Prize for book-length collections of non-fiction essays.

Bauhan Publishing does not currently accept unsolicited submissions, but you can visit their Submittable page to stay updated about their upcoming reading periods and contests. If you have any questions for the Bauhan Publishing team, you can reach them here .

8. C&R Press

Since 2006, C&R Press has been publishing exceptional books—especially those written by progressive, LGBTQ, female, minority, immigrant, and submerged voices. Although C&R Press started out as a poetry publisher, they have since expanded their scope and now also publish short story collections, essay collections, novels, and more.

Publishing at least 12 books each year, C&R Press is always eager to receive submissions of full-length manuscripts in any genre. Short stories, essays, memoirs, and hybrid work are all welcome. Should you be interested in getting published by C&R Press, you can view their submission guidelines and submit your manuscript here . If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can reach C&R Press via email .

9. Manchester University Press

Located in the heart of the most vibrant cities in the UK, Manchester University Press publishes study guides, essay collections, multi-authored collections, monographs, and trade books for general readers. Their areas of interest include modern history, history of art and design, sociology, economics, literature, film, archeology, business, politics, international law, and theater.

If your manuscript falls under any of the aforementioned areas, you can submit a proposal to Manchester University Press by emailing the appropriate editor . But before emailing your proposal, make sure you read their submission guidelines . You can also get in touch with Manchester University Press here .

10. Seren Books

One of the leading independent publishers in Wales, Seren Books has been publishing high-quality fiction, non-fiction, and poetry since 1981. Many of the books they have published over the decades have won major literary awards—not only in the UK but internationally as well. It is recommended that you check out their past publications to learn more about the kinds of books they are interested in publishing, but at the core of everything they publish are stories well told.

Seren Books welcomes unsolicited submissions all year. If you are interested in submitting your work for their consideration, you can visit the submissions page on their website.

11. Vehicule Press

Founded in Quebec in 1973, Vehicule Press began as the publishing arm of Vehicule Art, Inc., one of the first artist-run galleries in Canada. Today, Vehicule Press continues to publish non-fiction, fiction, and poetry from Canada’s most talented writers. Some of their award-winning publications include The Love Monster by Missy Marston, A Place in Mind: The Search for Authenticity by Avi Friedman, Garbage Head by Christopher Willard, and Boxing the Compass by Richard Greene.

Vehicule Press is currently accepting non-fiction submissions. Prospective authors can submit their work by visiting the Vehicule Press submissions page and contacting the appropriate editor . General inquiries can be sent to Vehicule Press via email .

12. Book*hug Press

Formerly BookThug Press, Book*hug is an independent literary press in Ontario, Canada that specializes in literary non-fiction, contemporary fiction, poetry, drama, and translations. Their main goal is to publish books that reflect and contribute to Canadian culture and society. In particular, they are looking for writing that is innovative, bold, and not afraid to take risks. They especially welcome work written by LGBTQ writers, women writers, deaf and disabled writers, indigenous writers, and writers of color. They do not, however, publish children’s books, genre fiction, self-help books, or cookbooks.

Book*hug is always open for submissions. If you would like Book*hug to consider your work, you can check out their submission guidelines for instructions on how and where to submit your manuscript. If you require additional assistance, you can reach the Book*hug team here .

13. Guernica Editions

Established in 1978, Guernica Editions is named after the Spanish city that fell victim to aerial bombs in the 1930s. Guernica’s founders chose the name with the hope that the books they publish will change the world and make it a better place. Guernica publishes Canadian literature, specifically fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. One of Guernica’s most significant contributions to the literary world is their promotion of ethnic minority writers including African-Canadian writers, Italian-Canadian writers, and others.

Guernica accepts manuscript submissions between January and April, and they are interested in poetry collections, essay collections, literary non-fiction, and novels. All queries and manuscripts must be sent as attachments via email . To learn more about their process and policies, check out Guernica’s submission guidelines here .

14. House of Anansi

House of Anansi is a Canadian publisher that was founded by writers David Godfrey and Dennis Lee in 1967. They have published the works of renowned Canadian writers, including Margaret Atwood, Erin Moure, Matt Cohen, and Michael Ondaatje. Today, House of Anansi specializes in publishing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama from both established and emerging writers. They publish around 50 new titles each year.

House of Anansi is currently closed for submissions, but you can keep an eye out for open calls and upcoming reading periods by checking their Submittable page . They only accept submissions from Canadian writers, and all submissions must be done online. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach the House of Anansi team here .

15. Giramondo Publishing Company

Giramondo Publishing Company was established in 1995 with the aim of publishing adventurous and innovative literature written by Australian writers. Many of the titles they have published have won major literary prizes, such as the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the Nita Kibble Literary Award. They publish non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and short-form books.

Giramondo is always open for submissions, and they welcome both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, including essay collections. All submissions must be sent through their Submittable page and must include your curriculum vitae, a brief synopsis of your work, and three sample chapters. For more information, you can find Giramondo’s submission guidelines here .

16. Pan MacMillan Australia

Pan MacMillan Australia is the Australian imprint of MacMillan Publishers, one of the largest and most popular publishing houses in the world. Pan MacMillan Australia publishes a range of high-quality books across various genres, including children’s literature, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, memoirs, and more.

Australian authors who wish to get published can participate in Pan MacMillan’s Manuscript Monday initiative. On the first Monday of every month, Pan MacMillan accepts electronic submissions from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time. At the moment, they are looking for fiction, literary non-fiction, children’s books, young adult literature, and commercial non-fiction. Interested authors can check out Manuscript Monday’s guidelines and submission instructions here . You can also contact Pan MacMillan for general questions and inquiries.

17. Grattan Street Press

Grattan Street Press is a small press located in Melbourne, Australia. An initiative of the University of Melbourne’s Publishing and Communications Program, Grattan Street Press publishes trade non-fiction, contemporary fiction, children’s books, and other culturally significant works. They are especially drawn to writing that is intelligent, engaging, and unique.

They are currently accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions through their Submittable page . Submissions must include your curriculum vitae, a brief summary of your work, and a short excerpt. You can check out their submission guidelines for more details. If you have any questions regarding their submission policies and screening process, you may get in touch with them via email .

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Using an immersive Times series as inspiration, we invite teenagers to document the local communities that interest them. Contest dates: Feb. 14 to March 20.

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The Covid-19 pandemic closed schools and canceled dances. It emptied basketball courts, theaters, recreation centers and restaurants. It sent clubs, scout troops and other groups online.

Now, many people have ventured back out into physical spaces to gather with one another once again. What does in-person “community” look like today? And what are the different ways people are creating it?

In this new contest, inspired by “ Where We Are ” — an immersive visual project from The New York Times that explores the various places around the world where young people come together — we’re inviting teenagers to create their own photo essays to document the local, offline communities that interest them.

Take a look at the full guidelines and related resources below to see if this is right for your students. We have also posted a student forum and a step-by-step lesson plan . Please ask any questions you have in the comments and we’ll answer you there, or write to us at [email protected]. And, consider hanging this PDF one-page announcement on your class bulletin board.

Here’s what you need to know:

The challenge, a few rules, resources for teachers and students, frequently asked questions, submission form.

Using The Times’s Where We Are series as a guide, create a photo essay that documents an interesting local, offline community. Whether your grandmother’s Mah Jong club, the preteens who hang out at a nearby basketball court, or the intergenerational volunteers who walk the dogs for your neighborhood animal shelter, this community can feature people of any age, as long as it gathers in person.

We encourage you to choose a community you are not a part of for reasons we explain below, in the F.A.Q.

Whichever community you choose, however, it’ll be your job to interview and photograph them. Then, you’ll pull everything together in a visual essay, which will tell the group’s story via a short introduction and a series of captioned photographs.

Your photo essay MUST include:

Between six and eight images, uploaded in the order in which you’d like us to view them.

A short caption of no more than 50 words for each image that helps explain what it shows and why it is important to the story.

A short introduction of up to 300 words that offers important background or context that complements and adds to the information in the photos and captions. You might consider the introduction the beginning of your essay, which the photos and captions will then continue. Together they will answer questions like who this community is, how it came to be, and why it matters. (Our How-To guide offers more detail about this.)

At least one quote — embedded in either the introduction or one of the captions — from a member of the community about what makes it meaningful.

In addition to the guidelines above, here are a few more details:

You must be a student ages 13 to 19 in middle school or high school to participate , and all students must have parent or guardian permission to enter. Please see the F.A.Q. section for additional eligibility details.

The photographs and writing you submit should be fundamentally your own — they should not be plagiarized, created by someone else or generated by artificial intelligence.

Your photo essay should be original for this contest. That means it should not already have been published at the time of submission, whether in a school newspaper, for another contest or anywhere else.

Keep in mind that the work you send in should be appropriate for a Times audience — that is, something that could be published in a family newspaper (so, please, no curse words).

You may work alone, in pairs, or in groups of up to four for this challenge , but students should submit only one entry each.

Remember to get permission from those you photograph, and to collect their contact information. Learn more about this in the F.A.Q. below.

You must also submit a short, informal “artist’s statement” as part of your submission, that describes your process. These statements, which will not be used to choose finalists, help us to design and refine our contests. See the F.A.Q. to learn more.

All entries must be submitted by March 20, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time using the electronic form below.

Use these resources to help you create your photo essay:

A related Student Opinion question to help you brainstorm ideas before you begin taking photos.

A step-by-step guide that uses examples from the Where We Are series to walk students through creating their own.

Free links to the “Where We Are” Collection :

1. The Magic of Your First Car 2. At This Mexican Restaurant, Everyone is Family 3. Where the Band Kids Are 4. In This Nigerian Market, Young Women Find a Place of Their Own 5. At Camp Naru, Nobody Is ‘an Outlier’ 6. For Black Debutantes in Detroit, Cotillion Is More Than a Ball 7. At This Wrestling Academy, Indian Girls Are ‘Set Free’ 8. In Seville, Spain, These Young Rappers Come Together to Turn ‘Tears Into Rhymes’ 9. For a Queer Community in Los Angeles, This Public Park Is a Lifeline 10. In Guatemala, A Collective of Young Artists Finds Family Through Film 11. On a Caribbean Island, Young People Find Freedom in ‘Bike Life’ 12. At This Texas Campus Ministry, ‘Inclusive Love’ Is the Mission 13. For Young Arab Americans in Michigan, the Hookah Lounge Feels like Home

An activity sheet for understanding and analyzing the Where We Are series.

Lessons on interviewing and taking photographs . While these two resources were originally created for our 2022 Profile Contest , each contains scores of tips from educators and Times journalists that can help students learn to interview, and to take and select compelling photographs that tell a story.

Our contest rubric . These are the criteria we will use to judge this contest. Keep them handy to make sure your photo essay meets all of the qualifications before entering.

Below are answers to your questions about writing, judging, the rules and teaching with this contest. Please read these thoroughly and, if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, post your query in the comments or write to us at [email protected].


What is a photo essay? How does it differ from just a series of photos?

A photo essay tells a story through a series of images. These images work together and build on each other to explore a theme of some kind. The photo essays in the Where We Are series, for instance, focus on the themes of community and coming-of-age, but each through a different lens, as the three images published here illustrate. Together they are beautiful examples of how visual collections can investigate ideas by illuminating both the “big picture” and the tiny, telling details.

How do I choose a good subject for this?

Our Student Opinion forum can help via its many questions that encourage you to brainstorm local, offline communities of all kinds.

Can I be a member of the community I photograph?

You can, but we encourage you not to. Part of the point of this contest is to help you investigate the interesting subcultures in your area, and expand your understanding of “community” by finding out about groups you otherwise may never have known existed.

But we also think it will be easier to do the assignment as an outsider. You will be coming to the community with “fresh eyes” and relative objectivity, and will be able to notice things that insiders may be too close to see.

If you do choose to depict a community you are a part of, we ask that you do not include yourself in the photos.

I’d like to work with others to create this. How do I do that?

You can work alone, with a partner, or with up to three other people. So, for example, in a group of four, two people might act as photographers, while the other two interview community members. When you are ready to edit your material and write up what you have discovered, the interviewers could use their notes to handle the short introduction, while the photographers could edit their shots into a meaningful visual sequence, and help collaborate on the captions.

Please remember, however, that you can only have your name on one submission.

Do I need permission to photograph the people in this community?

You do. It is good journalistic practice to tell the people you are photographing why you are taking pictures of them, and to ask their permission. They should also know that, if you are a winner, their image and name may appear online.

Though you do not have to have a signed permission sheet from every participant, if you are a winner and we publish your work, we will need to be able to reach those depicted, so please get their contact information before you take their pictures. (If you are photographing young children, this is especially important. Secure a parent or guardian’s permission first.)

An important exception to this: If you are taking photos of crowds in public places, such as at a sporting event, a community meeting or a local fair, you don’t need to worry about permissions, as it would be impossible to get them from all attendees.

I don’t know where to begin! What advice do you have?

Once you’ve chosen a community to photograph, begin by introducing yourself to ensure the participants are open to your project. Then, devote a bit of time to just observing, noticing how and where the members of this group spend time, what they do together, and how they relate to each other.

When you’re ready to start documenting what you find, our step-by-step guide will help you take it from there.


How will my photo essay be judged?

Your work will be read by New York Times journalists as well as by Learning Network staff members and educators from around the United States. We will use this rubric to judge entries.

What’s the prize?

Having your work published on The Learning Network and being eligible to be chosen to have your work published in the print editions of The New York Times.

When will the winners be announced?

About two months after the contest has closed.


Who is eligible to participate in this contest?

This contest is open to students ages 13 to 19 who are in middle school or high school around the world. College students cannot submit an entry. However, high school students (including high school postgraduate students) who are taking one or more college classes can participate. Students attending their first year of a two-year CEGEP in Quebec Province can also participate. In addition, students age 19 or under who have completed high school but are taking a gap year or are otherwise not enrolled in college can participate.

The children and stepchildren of New York Times employees are not eligible to enter this contest. Nor are students who live in the same household as those employees.

Why are you asking for an Artist’s Statement about our process? What will you do with it?

All of us who work on The Learning Network are former teachers. One of the many things we miss, now that we work in a newsroom rather than a classroom, is being able to see how students are reacting to our “assignments” in real time — and to offer help, or tweaks, to make those assignments better. We’re asking you to reflect on what you did and why, and what was hard or easy about it, in large part so that we can improve our contests and the curriculum we create to support them. This is especially important for new contests, like this one.

Another reason? We have heard from many teachers that writing these statements is immensely helpful to students. Stepping back from a piece and trying to put into words what you wanted to express, and why and how you made artistic choices to do that, can help you see your piece anew and figure out how to make it stronger. For our staff, they offer important context that help us understand individual students and submissions, and learn more about the conditions under which students around the world create.

Whom can I contact if I have questions about this contest or am having issues submitting my entry?

Leave a comment on this post or write to us at [email protected].


Do my students need a New York Times subscription to access these resources?

No. Students can get free access to the entire Where We Are series through The Learning Network . (All 13 photo essays are listed above, in our Resources section.) In addition, our related student forum , activity sheet and “how to” guide are also free, as are everything they link to.

However, if you are interested in learning more about school subscriptions, visit this page .

I’m not an art teacher. Can this work for my students too?

Yes! Though this is a new contest for us, we chose it in part because the theme of “community” is such an important one in subjects across the curriculum. In fact, we hope it might inspire teachers in different curriculum areas to collaborate.

For example, students in social studies could investigate the role of community locally, learning about the history of different influential groups. An English teacher might support students as they interview and craft their introductions and photo captions, while an art teacher could offer tips for photo composition. And, of course, a journalism teacher could guide the full project, or work with other teachers to publish the most successful results in the school paper.

How do my students prove to me that they entered this contest?

After they press “Submit” on the form below, they will see a “Thank you for your submission.” line appear. They can take a screenshot of this message. Please note: Our system does not currently send confirmation emails.

Please read the following carefully before you submit:

Students who are 13 and older in the United States or the United Kingdom, or 16 and older elsewhere in the world, can submit their own entries. Those who are 13 to 15 and live outside the United States or the United Kingdom must have an adult submit on their behalf.

All students who are under 18 must provide a parent or guardian’s permission to enter.

You will not receive email confirmation of your submission. After you submit, you will see the message “Thank you for your submission.” That means we received your entry. If you need proof of entry for your teacher, please screenshot that message.

Here is an example of how you might submit a photo with a caption and a photographer credit (Ashley Markle is the photographer):

If you have questions about your submission, please write to us at [email protected] and provide the email address you used for submission.

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The twenty-first century is the era when populations of cities will exceed rural communities for the first time in human history. The population growth of cities in many countries, including those in transition from planned to market economies, is putting considerable strain on ecological and natural resources. This paper examines four central issues: (a) the challenges and opportunities presented through working in jurisdictions where there are no official or established methods in place to guide regional, ecological and landscape planning and design; (b) the experience of the author’s practice—Gillespies LLP—in addressing these challenges using techniques and methods inspired by McHarg in Design with Nature in the Russian Federation in the first decade of the twenty-first century; (c) the augmentation of methods derived from Design with Nature in reference to innovations in technology since its publication and the contribution that the art of landscape painters can make to landscape analysis and interpretation; and (d) the application of this experience to the international competition and colloquium for the expansion of Moscow. The text concludes with a comment on how the application of this learning and methodological development to landscape and ecological planning and design was judged to be a central tenant of the winning design. Finally, a concluding section reflects on lessons learned and conclusions drawn.

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