Submit your work to our email address and in the subject heading let us know that it is for the contest. A button to pay your entry fee will be coming by May 1st ,2014.
Last year we did a small contest and the winners were put into our lit journal, but this year we are joining the big guys. We are offering publication to three lucky contest winners. Yeah, it's that kind of big. Three winners in any genre will be published under UP with the full marketing ploy. The winners will receive 10 copies of their book. This contest will only work if we receive enough entries. We have to have a solid set of manuscripts to choose from. Authors interested in submitting should have a complete, edited manuscript. We will do one edit cycle for each winner.
Submission deadline: 5/15/14
Winner notification: 6/1/14
Publication date: 6/25/14; 7/5/14; 7/15/14
Entry fee: $25
Fiction: 100-200 pages
We will do this quick n dirty, but professionally. Every book will go under our professional editorial and production plans before publication. We have installed a set of editors to run the contest and run the editorial process for each book. Rubie, Eric, and Esme are the lea editors.
Did we mention that should you win, you would be nominated for a Push Cart? And that you'll receive a little bit of flow? We can't guarantee the amount until we see the entry results.
Cool flyer to come.
Does your work, whether large or small keep getting rejected? Sometimes it is the sheer fact that editors or their assistants aren't reading your work.
As a former freelance editor for (can't be named) a big-name publisher, I know this happens. Editors are "too busy" to read them all. And if you are a little-known writer, you can pretty much guarantee that your envelope never even got opened by anybody because it didn't have enough shiny money potential on the flap...
Honestly, we think that this discrepancy is bullshit. As though they are too big or too funded to actually care. Tangent complete.
With that out of the way, many authors/writers get rejected by all sorts of publishers for reasons that could have been avoided....outside of shitty writing. From experience as editors, as readers, and as interns of previous houses, here are seven reasons you may be getting rejected from publishers big and small:
If you were waiting for a copy of Emily Kiernan's "Great Divide" we are pleased to announce our second run of books, available for purchase through our BOOKS page. We have 20 in the office. Get your copy today.
You can purchase Kiernan's book, and all other titles published by Unsolicited Press on our website, through Amazon, Barnes/Noble (next month), or through Emily.
Thanks for supporting local writers.
April 27th, Sunday
428 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
April 29th, Tuesday
Reading with Michael Martrich and Joe Trinkle
642 S. 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
May 3rd, Saturday
Reading with Lauren Hunter, Nicholas Katzban, and Katherine Manderfield
770 Hart Street, Brooklyn, New York 11237
May 13th, Tuesday
Reading with music by Sports For Kin
The Rodale Room at Miller Symphony Hall
23 N 6th St, Allentown, PA 18101
May 14th, Wednesday
Reading with The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild
7 E 4th St, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Emily Kiernan's book, released today, April 11, 2014 has sold out. While the print run was small, a mere 15 copies, her book whizzed out of here today in a hot fashion. Unsolicited Press has ordered the second run of books (20), but those copies will not be available for shipping until April 20th.
Don't want to wait for your copy? You can order your copy of Emily Kiernan's "Great Divide" through other major retailers. Currently, Amazon is the only retailer to have listed the book. Within the next two weeks, Kiernan's book will be available in all major retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Powell's, AbeBooks, and many other booksellers. Here is a link to her book:
This a great start for Emily and we hope that you support her by providing book reviews on Amazon or through our website. You can see her Author Page...a great place to start a literary dialogue about her book.
Acquisitions is a bitch. Just ask Rubie. Ask Miss Stewart....her associate acq. editor. Ask the interns who read submissions with the editors. Ask the rest of the team who joyously waits for the next office favorite.
Acquisitions may be the bet department to be in, but it also means so many other things too. Rubie and her acquisitions teams must be thoroughly educated in contract law, permissions, copyright law, and hunting down brilliant titles. If you though that an acquisitions author just sits at her desk waiting for submissions, well you've gone nuts.
As the current acquisitions intern, I have seen Rubie pack her things and tell us that she is going to stalk the coffee shops down the street for the people writing in notebooks. That broad will do anything for a good title.
But don't get in her way. Don't make her angry. She is our cutthroat editor and she will hack you from the team if you do not cooperate. If you think that your work requires no editing. She will sleep well that night knowing that she was right. So, you may be wondering how to get on the good side of an acquisitions editor...email her when she is filling up her editorial calendars.
In the next three months, Rubie will be acquiring 48 titles, given that we receive 48 fantastic pieces. Did you hear that? FORTY-EIGHT. What is she looking for? How will she pluck you up from the 200+ emails that she receives monthly? Your query letter. Don't even think that she will read your work if you cannot craft a solid 2-4 sentence blurb about your book.
She wants poetry. She really, really, really wants essay collections. She would kill for a few memoirs...as long as they aren't "memoiry". Realistic fiction. She wants to feel pain, the emotional, can't take it back sort of pain.
Submitting early does not guarantee that, should she love you, your work will be published early. She has a weird way of placing writers. They work serendipitously...yes, I said that. If we get enough work that rocks, then she will begin to fill the next year's calendar. She said that she is on a mission. Or she'll lose her mind and close down submissions for a year....like last year.
So, you should submit. You should only submit if you are ready. You should only submit if you are ready to have your work edited, suggested against/for, and to work as a member of our team to make your work great.
May the best dogs win.
Emily Kiernan, native east-coaster and current California resident will release her debut novel, "Great Divide" on April 11th, 2014. Kiernan's book wrestles with memory and escape.
Emily is a graduate of the MFA writing program at the California Institute of the Arts and resides in Berkeley, CA. Her stories have been published in White Whale Review, JMWW, Dark Sky, and many other journals. Kiernan has pressed through years of hard work and literary bureaucracy to bring you "Great Divide" in its purest form.
Readers and fans can purchase "Great Divide" at major retailers, online stores, and through Unsolicited Press.
About the Author
Keep U.P. Alive
Unsolicited Press is a beast that runs on good energy and dedicated editors and staff. Your donation helps pay these folks when books don't sell or we just break even. You see, our staff doesn't get paid until the bills and the authors are paid -- and sometimes that means we make pennies...we don't mind it, but your support really helps keep us afloat.
Order a Book, Save AN Author
You can buy our books through our website or from any major retailer in the nation. Some retailers take longer than others to acquire our books.
Subscribe or Die
Listen to Literature
Most of our editors cherish our subscription with Audible. Right now they are offering free trials and a free audiobook. This is a great place to listen to Baxter's "The Art of Subtext." Think about it.