Although most of the editors at UP have a problem with authority, we take guidelines seriously. Every submission that doesn't adhere to these guidelines will be followed up with a "We Threw Yours in the Trash" email to notify you of your inability to follow directions.
We welcome unagented authors. If you would like actual feedback on your manuscript, please pay the fee. The fee is given directly to the readers responsible for making the decisions and you will receive extensive feedback.
Not following these guidelines tells our editors that you do not take your work nor our work seriously. We don't want to hold your hand through the entire process. We want autonomous authors with guts.
Are we open for submissions?
We are open for submissions. We are actively seeking essay collections, poetry, solid novels, memoirs, and nonfiction (literary criticism, history, cooking, health, science, and long-form journalism). With regards to nonfiction, we aren't looking for your every day nonfiction book...we want there to be an edge to it, so don't come at us with a book proposal you came up with for Random House.
Science fiction and fantasy will ONLY be considered IF you are an author with an established audience. This is a nice way of saying that we need to see proof that there are people willing to buy your book.
Experimental literature is always welcome. Poetry that isn't stuffy or scholarly is preferred. But hey, what the hell does that even mean?
We take at least 12 weeks to respond. We get sooooo many subs.
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Fiction is really shitty these days. We are looking for the best. We prefer real fiction versus fantastical fiction, but Esme is a sucker for post-apocalyptic (READ: NON ZOMBIE) fiction. We welcome novels, short stories, hybrid, experimental, you name it, we'll read it.
Submit a one page query letter and the first three chapters (or 30 pages).
Format: .doc only
Poetry is a coveted art at Unsolicited Press.Six of us are published poets with full-length collections, writing blogs, and chapbooks to boot.
We publish full-length poetry collections, translations, chapbooks, and collaborative pieces (more than one poet in a book).
Submit the entire manuscript along with a query letter, author bio and a list of poems that have been previously published.
There are not enough riveting essay collections or memoirs out there. We want long-form journalism, memoirs and sensational, thought-provoking essay collections.
Submit a query letter, book proposal, and first three chapters.
Format: .doc only
As of Fall 2017, we require a modest submission fee of $5. The fee is a lifetime submissions fee, which means that you never have to pay it again to submit in the future. Your submission fee covers many things including paying readers, supporting marketing campaigns for authors, and administrative fees required to keep this press alive.
If you haven't read our About page, then you should know that everybody here works on commission and as a volunteer, so every dime made by the company goes directly back into it to give deserving authors a chance to see their book come to life. You can pay the submission fee below.
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