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Presses with Open Readings for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

Below is a list of presses with open readings for full-length poetry manuscripts. Most of the listings have free open readings, but I have included some that charge a Submittable fee or a reading fee, but I do try to limit it to just free open readings. Before the pandemic, I kept it up to day, but during the pandemic I did not. 😟 From now on, I will try to keep this list up to date.

Press with Open Reading for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

All the Time Open Readings (Updated 7-21-2022.)

  • 8th House Publishing (Begin with sample and query letter)
  • 11:11 Press (January 1, 2022, to March 31, 2022 for “Nothing Exists Alone” submissions.)
  • A.B. Baird Publishing (Mail a query letter and first 30 pages)
  • Aldrich Press (Imprint of Kelsay Books. $20 reading fee)
  • All Things Matter Press (Spiritual, self growth/transformation. Poetry manuscript “should be at least 35k words minimum.”)
  • Anansi
  • Anaphora Literary Press (Email submissions only.)
  • Andrew McMeel Publishing (Use their online form. Requires proposal, bio, and sample of work.)
  • Another New Calligraphy
  • Anvil Press (Canadian poets only. Guidelines being updated.)
  • April Gloaming Publishing (Southern writing. Start by sending 10 poems.)
  • Apocalypse Party
  • Arteidolia Press
  • Arte Público Press (“Poetry … based on U.S. Hispanic (Cuban American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and others) cultural issues and themes.”)
  • Baobab Press
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.” . . . They plan to reopen “in the 2022/2023 school year.” )
  • Bauhan Publishing (“We are booked through 2022.” Verified 5-25-22.)
  • bd-studios (“Much of the work we publish is by queer creators.”)
  • Better Than Starbucks (“We prefer books of 90–110 pages, including front and back matter, such as TOC, a forward or introduction, credit pages, etc.”)
  • Biblioasis (“Please note that while the majority of our authors and translators are Canadian, we do selectively consider international submissions.”)
  • Black Centipede Press
  • Black Lawrence Press Immigrant Writing Series
  • Black Mountain Press (“a literary press for outstanding emerging writers.” $8 submission fee on Submittable.)
  • BlazeVox
  • Bloodaxe Books (British press. Mail “a sample of up to a dozen poems.”)
  • Blue Figure Press (Unsure if they are open all the time.)
  • BOA (Open submissions to the American Poets Continuum Series closes September 30. Not known when submission period begins. Mail only.)
  • BookLand Press. (“We are particularly interested in submissions from culturally diverse Canadian authors, Indigenous authors, people with disabilities, and official language minority authors.”)
  • Bottom Dog Press (Begin with query.)
  • Bower House (Bower House is currently not accepting submissions. Verified 5-25-2022.)
  • Brain Mill Press: Mineral Point Poetry Series (Open reading period varies.)
  • Breakaway Books (Sport themes only.)
  • Broadstone Books (“We anticipate resuming open reading on September 1, 2022.”)
  • C & R Press ($25 reading fee.)
  • Caitlin Press Inc. (“Caitlin Press publishes books in all genres, but mainly on topics concerning or by writers from the BC Interior and stories about and by BC women.”)
  • Cephalo Press (“Send us 3-5 poems that best represent your collection.”)
  • Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library (You might have to be first published in their journal)
  • City Lights Books (“Regretfully, we are unable to accept manuscript submissions at this time.” Verified 5-25-2022.)
  • City Work Press (San Diego poets. Send “a sample poem” and an SASE to begin process.)
  • Clash Books
  • co•im•press (Poetry translations.)
  • Coach House Books (“We publish primarily Canadian authors.”)
  • Cooper Dillon (for $10 or with purchase of one of their books)
  • Copper Canyon Press (“Our open reading periods, held at least twice per year,” but the open months seem to vary. The current open reading will begin in Fall 2023.)
  • Corrupt Press (I think they are open all year.)
  • Counterpath Press (“Please send a query with a sample of no more than about 10 pgs.” to begin process.)
  • Daffydownlilly Press (Imprint of Kelsay Books. Rhyming poetry for children written by adults. $20 reading fee.)
  • Damaged Goods Press (“books by queer and trans identified writers”)
  • Deep Vellum
  • Disorder Press
  • ECW Press (Canadian poets only. Send “approx. 10-15 pages” to begin process.)
  • Ekstasis Editions (Mail only.)
  • El Balazo Press (This may be defunct. Not sure.)
  • Elyssar Press
  • Encircle Publications (Use their “Author Query Form.” . . . “Our publishing slate is full for 2021-2022, so for now, we are not accepting any new manuscript submissions.”)
  • Etruscan Press (with $20 reading fee)
  • Fragmented Voices (Begin with ” 3 – 4 poems, with an outline of a concept for a book, and a structured CV (no more than 2 pages) with a focus on the author’s creative life.”)
  • Fremantle Press (“Fremantle Press welcomes unsolicited manuscripts from authors of Western Australian origin or whose main place of residence is Western Australia. Work by non–Western Australian authors will be considered when the subject matter has a strong Western Australian focus.”)
  • Gasher Journal and Press ($25 reading fee.)
  • Get Fresh Books (“Our chief concern is to provide opportunities for underrepresented voices in publishing.” “We are now closed for regular submissions until spring 2023.” Verified 5-25-2022.)
  • Giramondo Publishing (Reading periods seem to vary. Last checked on 5-25-2022.)
  • Golden Foothills Press (Will reopen sometime in 2023.)
  • Goose Lane Editions (Canadian poets only.)
  • Grayson Books (query with “a sample of 6-10 pages of the manuscript, along with a statement of your qualifications and publication credits, expected audience and promotion ideas.”)
  • Grey Borders Books (“Interested in works that confront and challenge contemporary social norms.” Use their submission form. . . . “Our reading period is currently closed and will reopen sometime in 2021.” They may be defunct.)
  • Grieveland
  • Half Mystic Press ($5, $10, and $15 reading fee. “At least three-quarters of the book should be previously unpublished in any form.”)
  • Harbor Mountain Press (Start with “letter or email inquiry.” “Response time is breaking some (long) records.” . . . “we are not reading manuscripts until further notice” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • High Plains Press (“Poetry of the American West. Old West history is what we can sell best.”)
  • Holland Park Press (“Places special emphasis on bringing the work of Dutch authors to the English language market.” Email only.)
  • Holy Cow! Press (“There is a three step process for reviewing your work.”)
  • IF SF Publishing (Begin with cover letter, 10-pages, publication credits.)
  • Inside the Castle (“They are highly language and format driven, invested in hybrid approaches, prose mistaken for poetry, poetry mistaken for nonfiction. [. . .] We tend not to be enamored by poetry collections, preferring book-length works, but do try to tempt us.”)
  • Invisible Publishing
  • Kaya Publishing (“Publishing Asian diasporic literature.”)
  • Lady Lazarus-Press
  • Lapwing Publications (Belfast, Ireland.)
  • Literary Laundry (The Vitalist Series. “Submissions are due April 1 of each year.” No opening date given.)
  • Luath Press (Begin with query and sample text.)
  • Manic D Press (You must read one of their books and tell them which one you read. Query with 5-10 poems.)
  • Measure Press
  • Milk Press (The Poetry Society of New York) ($12. No simultaneous submissions.)
  • Moonrise Press
  • Moon Tide Press (Submit by mail. Unsure if they are open all the time.)
  • New Binary Press
  • New Meridian Arts (Uncertain of reading period. “Greetings Fellow Writers. Our submission page is closed for now. Please check back with us later in the year” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Northwestern University Press (Email proposal.)
  • Offord Road Books (“ORB is currently closed for submissions” as of 5-25-2022, and they have been closed since 1-3-2020.)
  • Oolichan Books. (“Oolichan Books is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time” as of 5-25-2022, and they have been closed since 1-3-20.)
  • Oomph! Press (Poetry in translation.)
  • Open Letter
  • Paloma Press (Begin with query by email. . . . “We have books already scheduled for release through 2022 and are unable to accept submissions at this time.”)
  • Pank Books ($20. “PANK loves you. PANK is always open for your love.”)
  • Peepal Tree Press
  • Penteract Press
  • Persea Books (Begin with a query.)
  • Pinyon Publishing (“Queries welcome.” “Please no simultaneous submissions.”)
  • Platypus Press (England-based press. “We are currently closed for submissions” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Plough Books (Faith based??)
  • Poetic Matrix
  • Prolific Press
  • Propertius Press (“Submissions opened January 6, and there are dozens already in the queues. We are limiting each portal to a specified number of submissions so we don’t get overloaded. When that number is reached, the portal for that classification will close” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Querencia Press (It appears it is always open for submissions.)
  • Rebel Mountain Press (“Canadian authors only.”)
  • Red Hen Press ($20.)
  • Red Squirrel Press (Scotland based, but open to all. “Red Squirrel Press currently have a full publication plan until the end of 2022 and almost full until the end of 2023.”)
  • Salò Press (“Currently closed to submissions” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Salmon Poetry (“Our list is full until the end of 2025.”)
  • Shabda Press (Unsure if they are open all the time. Current message, as of 6-1-2022, reads, “Submissions reading period: Poems from manuscripts received out of the submissions reading period will not be read or responded to. We are currently on hiatus and taking a break for self-care; no submissions can be taken until further notice. Thank you for your interest in us, and please check back with us in Summer 2023.)
  • Shanti Arts (“We expect to return to normal toward the end of 2022.”)
  • Shearsman Books
  • Signature Editions. (Canadian citizens only.)
  • Slant Books ($3 Duosama (Duotrope’s submission manager) fee.)
  • Skull + Wind Press (First, second, or third full-length manuscripts.)
  • Spuyten Duyvil (“[W]e ask you to support our press by purchasing our books whenever you are (financially able and) inspired by their contents.”)
  • SparkWheelPress (“Submissions are currently closed. Please check back in 2020.” Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Tavern Books (“Poetry Manuscripts in Translation” or “English-Language, Single-Author Poetry Reprints.”)
  • Threadsuns Press (Email only.)
  • Trembling Pillow Press (“Book Manuscripts should be at least 80 pages.” “$15.00 reading fee.”)
  • Ugly Duckling Presse (Begin with query and proposal. “We are not currently accepting submissions” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • University of Saint Katherine Press (Christian perspectives.)
  • University Professors Press
  • Unsolicited Press ($5 reading fee.)
  • Urban Farmhouse Press
  • Urtica Press (“On hiatus” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Vegetarian Alcoholic Press
  • Victoria University Press (“Most of our authors live in Aotearoa New Zealand and/or their work is suitable primarily for a local audience. Please note that we are not able to consider submissions from overseas writers whose work does not have a connection with Aotearoa New Zealand.”)
  • Wesleyan University Press (Currently closed to poetry submissions as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Whisk(e)y Tit
  • White Violet Press (Imprint of Kelsay Books. For formalist poets. $20 reading fee)
  • Wood & Water Press (“Publishes minimalist writing and art.” Begin with online query form.)
  • Word West (Currently closed to subsmissions as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Xi Draconis Books (Currently “Under Construction.”)
January Open Readings (Checked and updated 1-3-20.)
February Open Readings
  • Astrophil Press (University of South Dakota. Open reading period has changed. No known dates.)
  • BkMk Press (February 1 through June 30. Process begins with a sample of 10 pages of poetry. See guidelines. . . . “BkMk Press is not accepting open submissions at this time. We will make an announcement here when we are able to consider new work” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Broken Sleep Books (“We particularly wish to encourage more working-class writers, LGBTQ+, and BAME writers to submit.” January 1 through February 28)
  • Canarium Books
  • CavanKerry Press (For Laurel Books, Emerging Voices, and Notable Voices imprint only. $20 reading fee.)
  • Cherry Castle Publishing (February 5 to March 5.)
  • ELJ Publications (February 1 to April 1. $5.)
  • Galileo Press (Ends 3-1-19. An imprint of Free State Review.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message still appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Milk and Cake Press (January 1, 2020, to April 30, 2020.)
  • Panhandler Books
  • Terrapin Books (January 24 to February 28, 2020 and August 1 to August 31. $12.)
March Open Readings
  • Astrophil Press (University of South Dakota. Open reading period has changed. No known dates.)
  • BkMk Press (February 1 through June 30. Process begins with a sample of 10 pages of poetry. See guidelines. . . . “BkMk Press is not accepting open submissions at this time. We will make an announcement here when we are able to consider new work” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • CavanKerry Press (For Laurel Books, Emerging Voices, and Notable Voices imprint only. $20 reading fee.)
  • Cherry Castle Publishing (February 5 to March 5.)
  • Cormorant Books. (“Publishes writers who are both Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.” March 1 – April 15, 2020.)
  • ELJ Publications (February 1 to April 1. $5.)
  • Galileo Press (Ends 3-1-19. An imprint of Free State Review.)
  • Glass Lyre Press (. March 15 to April 31. $15 reading fee. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Gold Wake Press (Open reading begins March 1. There is no specified end date. Next open reading begins October 1 with no specified end date. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message still appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Milk and Cake Press (January 1, 2020, to April 30, 2020.)
  • Panhandler Books
  • Sibling Rivalry Press (March 1 – June 1. . . . “After a decade of disturbance, we’re hitting pause on our annual open-submission period. Watch this space or follow our social media accounts, and we’ll let you know when we open for submissions again.” This message appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Unicorn Press
  • University Press of Kentucky: New Poetry and Prose Series. (Begin with query. March 15 – May 15. “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” Checked 5-25-2022.)
  • The Waywiser Press (“Authors who have published two or more previous collections of poems.” March 1 – July 1.)
April Open Readings (last checked and updated 4-2-18)
  • Astrophil Press (University of South Dakota. Open reading period has changed. No known dates.)
  • Barefoot Muse Press (April 1 – April 30. “Poems should demonstrate an allegiance to meter/form.”)
  • BkMk Press (February 1 through June 30. Process begins with a sample of 10 pages of poetry. See guidelines. . . . “BkMk Press is not accepting open submissions at this time. We will make an announcement here when we are able to consider new work” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Close-Up Books (April 30 to July 30. “Close-Up Books is currently on hiatus as of February 2021.”)
  • Cormorant Books. (“Publishes writers who are both Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.” March 1 – April 15, 2020.)
  • Glass Lyre Press (. March 15 to April 31. $15 reading fee. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message still appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Milk and Cake Press (January 1, 2020, to April 30, 2020.)
  • New Rivers Press
  • Nine Arches Press (April 1-30, 2018.)
  • Octopus Books
  • Panhandler Books
  • Sibling Rivalry Press (March 1 – June 1. . . . “After a decade of disturbance, we’re hitting pause on our annual open-submission period. Watch this space or follow our social media accounts, and we’ll let you know when we open for submissions again.” This message appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • University Press of Kentucky: New Poetry and Prose Series. (Begin with query. March 15 – May 15. “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” Checked 5-25-2022.)
  • The Waywiser Press (“Authors who have published two or more previous collections of poems.” March 1 – July 1.)
  • Willow Books
  • Woodley Press (“Woodley Press strives to publish books by Kansans or books that focus on Kansas.”)
  • YesYes Books (April 1 – May 15. $22. “There are presently no open calls for submissions” as of 5-25-2022.)
May Open Readings (Checked and updated 5-25-2022)
  • Able Muse Press (May 1 to July 15.)
  • BkMk Press (February 1 through June 30. Process begins with a sample of 10 pages of poetry. See guidelines. . . . “BkMk Press is not accepting open submissions at this time. We will make an announcement here when we are able to consider new work” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Close-Up Books (April 30 to July 30. “Close-Up Books is currently on hiatus as of February 2021.”)
  • The Elephants ($15. May 1 to June 30.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message still appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • New Rivers Press (“General Submissions are temporarily on hiatus” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Ninebark Press (“As of March 2020, Ninebark Press is on hiatus.” Checked on 5-25-2022.)
  • Sibling Rivalry Press (March 1 – June 1. . . . “After a decade of disturbance, we’re hitting pause on our annual open-submission period. Watch this space or follow our social media accounts, and we’ll let you know when we open for submissions again.” This message appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Sundress Publications ($13 reading fee.)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • University Press of Kentucky: New Poetry and Prose Series. (Begin with query. March 15 – May 15. “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” Checked 5-25-2022.)
  • The Waywiser Press (“Authors who have published two or more previous collections of poems.” March 1 – July 1.)
  • Willow Books
  • YesYes Books (April 1 – May 15. $22. “There are presently no open calls for submissions” as of 5-25-2022.)
June Open Readings (Checked and updated 6-1-2022)
  • Airlie Press (June 1 to July 31. Pacific Northwest poets.)
  • Able Muse Press (May 1 to July 15.)
  • BkMk Press (February 1 through June 30. Process begins with a sample of 10 pages of poetry. See guidelines. . . . “BkMk Press is not accepting open submissions at this time. We will make an announcement here when we are able to consider new work” as of 5-25-2022.)
  • Black Lawrence Press
  • Close-Up Books (April 30 to July 30. “Close-Up Books is currently on hiatus as of February 2021.”)
  • Four Way Books ($30 reading fee. June 1-30.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message is still there on 6-1-2022.)
  • Red Hen Press 
  • River River Press (June 1 – July 31. “Pay-what-you-can reading fee.”)
  • Sibling Rivalry Press (March 1 – June 1. . . . “After a decade of disturbance, we’re hitting pause on our annual open-submission period. Watch this space or follow our social media accounts, and we’ll let you know when we open for submissions again.” This message appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Sundress Publications (June 1 – August 31. $13 reading fee.)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • The Waywiser Press (“We regret we cannot consider submissions from authors who have published two or more previous collections of poems.” March 1 – July 1.)
  • Willow Books
July Open Readings (Checked and updated 7-1-2022 through 7-25-2022)
August Open Reading (Checked and updated 8-1-22)
  • Cavan Kerry Press (“‘Pay what you can’ structure, with $10, $18, and $25 options.”)
  • Deerbrook Editions (“Suspended until further notice. . . . The normal reading period is August 1 to October 1.”)
  • The Emma Press (July 18 through August 14)
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through September.)
  • Gasher Press (Not sure when it opened, but it closes on August 31)
  • Kore Press (Currently closed.)
  • Lummox Press (July 1 to August 31. Begin with query.)
  • Mayapple Press (Currently closed to submissions.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message still appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Rose Metal Press (“We are not currently accepting manuscripts or manuscript queries. . . . and plan to have a submission period in 2023.”)
  • The Song Cave (“We are not taking submissions at this time.”)
  • Sundress Publications (June 1 – August 31. $13 reading fee.)
  • Terrapin Books (January 24 to February 28 and August 1 to August 31. $12.)
  • Tupelo Press (July 1 to August 31. $30 open reading fee.)
September Open Readings (Checked and updated 9-1-17)
  • Arktoi Books (lesbian poets) (At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions.)
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Cherry Castle Publishing (“Our submission period is currently closed.”)
  • Deerbrook Editions (“Suspended until further notice. . . . The normal reading period is August 1 to October 1.” Checked 1-3-20.)
  • FutureCycle Press (They read July through September.)
  • Kore Press (Currently closed.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message still appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Sidebrow Books (Through October 31, 2017. “In lieu of a reading fee, we are asking each of you to kindly support our press and authors by buying the book of your choice from our catalog in conjunction with this reading period.”)
  • Tarpaulin Sky Press (“Will we open for unsolicited submissions again, anytime soon? Most likely. But we’re not sure when.”)
  • University of Pittsburgh Press (Pitt Poetry Series. For poets who have previously published a poetry book.)
  • Willow Books
October Open Readings (Checked and updated 10-2-18)
  • Arktori Books (lesbian poets) (“At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions. Check back for changes.”)
  • boost house
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Black Ocean (“We are currently accepting submissions *for first poetry books* only from October 1 through October 31, 2017.”)
  • Carnegie Mellon University Press (Not open to previous Carnegie Mellon University Press Poets. $15 reading fee.)
  • co-im-press (“Likes works in translation that are strange, transgressive, visceral-mystical, or “unpublishable” through traditional means.”)
  • Counterpath (Begin with a query and a short sample.)
  • Deerbrook Editions (“Suspended until further notice. . . . The normal reading period is August 1 to October 1.” Checked 1-3-20.)
  • El Balazo Press
  • Gold Wake Press (Open reading begins March 1. There is no specified end date. Next open reading begins October 1 with no specified end date. Checked 1-3-20.)
  • Inside the Castle
  • Jacar Press: The New Voices Series ($15)
  • Kore Press (Currently closed.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message still appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Milkweed Editions (“Milkweed Editions does not anticipate holding open submissions periods in 2018.”)
  • Orison Books (Poetry in translation.)
  • Nine Arches Press (October 1-31, 2018.)
  • Sidebrow Books (“We are currently closed for book-length submissions.”)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($15 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens..”)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • University of Pittsburgh Press (Pitt Poetry Series. For poets who have previously published a poetry book.)
November Open Readings (Checked and updated 11-14-18)
  • Arktori Books (Lesbian poets. At the moment, Arktoi is not accepting submissions. Check back for changes.”)
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Black Lawrence Press
  • Copper Canyon Press (Our open reading period is currently closed. We will reopen for submissions in Fall 2023.)
  • McSweeney’s Books (“Submissions are currently closed. We don’t have an exact date when they’ll reopen, but we’d suggest checking back in a few months. Thank you for considering McSweeney’s. (3/1/20).” This message still appears on 5-25-2022.)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($15 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens.”)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • WordTech Communications (Includes the following imprints Cherry Grove Collections, CW Books, David Robert Books, Turning Point, Word Press, and WordTech Editions.)
December Open Readings
  • Bat Cat Press (“We welcome the submission of complete manuscripts throughout the year. We read in the fall (September-December) and typically send out accept/decline letters in December and January.”)
  • Brick Road Poetry Press (75-100 pages. December 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020.)
  • Future Poem Books (December 1 through January 15.)
  • Green Lantern Press (December 1 through January 30.)
  • Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Series ($25 reading fee. “The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series is only open to female poets aged 40 years or younger. Entrants must be US citizens.”)
  • Tinderbox Editions (December 1-7 fee-free open reading period. December 1 – January 30 $22 donation period.)
  • Unicorn Press (April 1 – June 30 and October 1-December 31.)
  • WordTech Communications (Includes the following imprints Cherry Grove Collections, CW Books, David Robert Books, Turning Point, Word Press, and WordTech Editions. Closes December 15.)

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Ultimate Update: August 1 2022:

  • Added to All the Open Readings: co•im•press
  • Removed from August:
    • Arktori Books
    • Spork Press
    • Spring Gun Press
    • Willow Books

Penultimate Update: 7-1-2022 through 7-25-2022:

  • Added to All the Time Open Readings:
    • Arteidolia Press
    • Blue Figure Press
    • Grieveland
    • Moon Tide Press
    • Wood & Water Press
    • Querencia Press
  • Added to July:
    • Bad Betty Press
    • Belle Point Press
    • The Emma Press
    • Gasher Press
  • Added to August:
    • Sundress Publications
    • Tupelo Press
    • The Emma Press
    • Gasher Press
  • Added to October Open Readings:
    • Jacar Press: The New Voices series
    • Terrapin Books
  • Removed
    • Harpoon Books from July, August, September, October, November, and December
    • Lynx House Press from July
    • Short Flight/Long Drive Books from July

Antepenultimate update:: 5-25-2022 and 6-1-2022:

  • Added to All the Time Open Readings:
    • Black Lawrence Press Immigrant Writing Series
    • Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library
    • Elyssar Press
    • Gasher Journal & Press
    • Golden Foothills Press
    • Moonrise Press
    • Oomph! Press
    • Shabda Press
  • Added to June and July Open Readings: River River Books
  • Removed from All the Time Open Readings:
    • A15 Publishing
    • Coteau Press
    • Inlandia Books
    • Mother Tongue Publishing Limited
    • Red Dirt Press
    • Snake Nation Press
  • Removed from May Open Readings:
    • Ahsahta Press
    • Mason Jar Press (Removed from November, December, January, February, March, and April too.)

Preantepenultimate update: 6-7-2020:

  • Added to All the Time Open Readings:
    • Deep Vellum
    • Milk Press
    • Snake Nation Press
    • Ugly Duckling Presse
  • Added The Elephants to May and June
6-2-20:
  • Added to All the Time Open Readings:
    • 8th House Publishing
    • 11:11 Press
    • A.B. Baird Publishing
    • A15 Publishing
    • All Things Matter Press
    • Andrew McMeel Publishing
    • April Gloaming Publishing
    • bd-studios
    • Better Than Starbucks
    • Biblioasis
    • Black Mountain Press
    • Caitlin Press Inc.
    • Cephalo Press
    • City Lights Books
    • Clash Books
    • Coach House Books
    • Coteau Books
    • Encircle Publications
    • Fragmented Voices
    • Fremantle Press
    • Giramondo Publishing
    • Grey Borders Books
    • Holland Park Press
    • Invisible Publishing
    • IF SF Publishing
    • Luath Press
    • New Meridian Arts
    • Peepal Tree Press
    • Penteract Press
    • Plough Books
    • Propertius Press
    • Rebel Mountain Press
    • Red Dirt Press
    • Shanti Arts
    • Shearsman Books
// 
201 presses that print paperback and/or hardcover poetry books.
//

67 Responses to “Presses with Open Readings for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts”


  1. June 17, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Thanks so much for posting this!

  2. December 30, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I would like to add the following to your small indie press http://www.freewebs.com/lapwingpoetry/ They will have been publishing chapbooks and collections for 25 years in 2013

  3. February 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    This is so great. Thanks for compiling it! As a writer this is great info. As a publisher I want to add our reading period for SpringGun Press if that’s okay? We read for poetry books of any length in English (translations welcome) during July and August: http://www.springgunpress.com/submit If you want to add us. Thanks!

  4. March 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    could you add us – Blue Lyra Review (bluelyrareview.com) – we have review in title and are looking for work from jan 1 to Sept 30

  5. 12 Winston Watson
    June 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Seriously, what a terrific resource this is. Many thanks for sharing your work!

  6. 15 Lenora Good
    June 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Thank you very much for the work, effort, and most valuable information! I have shared your link. Wonderful!

  7. July 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Brooklyn Arts Press reads in June.

  8. July 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Hello, Good People. Just a note that Black Lawrence Press also has open reading periods during the month of November. Thanks for your good work!

    Sincerely,
    Diane Goettel
    Executive Editor, Black Lawrence Press

  9. 21 Carla Drysdale
    July 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Wow. Great information–thanks for your hard work in compiling this list!! Best, Carla Drysdale

  10. July 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Hello, FutureCycle Press (www.futurecycle.org) reads individual poetry collections (full-length and chapbook) year round. Reading fee $15.

  11. September 28, 2013 at 4:32 am

    There’s Red Squirrel Press too – open all the time and no reading fee.

    http://www.redsquirrelpress.com/

  12. June 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Choose the Sword Press has open readings (no charge) and we also sometimes have contests with a small reading fee.

    http://www.ctspress.com

  13. July 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Orange Monkey Publishing is open to readings year round. Small fee (a book or $10).

  14. August 2, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Hi!
    Wanted to send my sincere thanks for this list. You’ve saved time. That is always an accomplishment worth applauding.

    Curious to know if you’d be open to the idea of adding a few progressive and prominent literary journals to this list? I couldn’t help but notice a few of my favorite publications are missing!

    Thank you,
    TLC

    • August 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Hi, Tori. Thanks for the kind words.

      As for the journals, this list consists of book publishers who publish poetry books and have open readings for full-length poetry manuscripts, so I wouldn’t be listing any journals here, unless they also publish books. If you know of other book publishers with open readings for full-length poetry manuscripts, please share them with me, and I’ll be happy to post them.

      Thanks.

      Find Beauty,
      :^)>

  15. 34 Charles W. Brice
    August 31, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    What a wonderful gift you have given us.

  16. October 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I just wanted to mention that Kudzu House Quarterly (environmental writing) has an open reading period for chapbooks from August 1st-February 1st. http://quarterly.kudzuhouse.org/

  17. 36 Mongrel Empire Press
    October 28, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Please add Mongrel Empire Press. Open year round. Our submission info can be found here: http://www.mongrelempire.org/about.html

  18. March 7, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Can you please correct your spelling of Bloodaxe Books (no capital A – named after the Viking king Erik Bloodaxe). Thank you.

  19. May 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Reblogged this on Nancy White's Poetry Blog and commented:
    This is a wonderful resource, just forwarded to me by my good friend Marilyn McCabe. It takes so long to do this kind of research, and it’s pure gold when someone who does it then goes on to share it. Thank you, Tom Holmes!

  20. October 2, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Hi,

    Could you please add Platypus Press (http://platypuspress.co.uk) to this list? we are a small press and are open all the time to reading poetry collections.

    Thanks 🙂

  21. 44 Tracy
    March 31, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Milkweed seems to have been closed for submissions for at least a year or two. I’ve checked back a number of times and the website always says something like “closed until we respond to all the manuscripts we currently have.” FYI. Thanks for compiling this!

  22. June 3, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Reblogged this on Trish Hopkinson and commented:
    This is the mother of all poetry book presses with open readings! Note, some of these do have reading fees and submission fees. But if you are shopping for a poetry book publisher, this gives you plenty to research so you can choose those are the a good fit for your book and for your goals as a poet. Special thanks to Tom Holmes for compiling this list! Also, don’t miss the links to his other lists for poetry contests in his description at the top.

  23. 47 Moriah Pearson
    June 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Choose the Sword Press has open readings year around (no charge) for poetry chapbooks & full-length poetry books. We also sometimes have contests with a small reading fee. We focus mainly on publishing minority voices, & the guidelines for submitting can be found on our submittable:

    https://choosethesword.submittable.com/submit

    Other links:

    http://ctspress.com/new/submit/

    http://ctspress.com/new

  24. 49 Moriah Pearson
    June 4, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Choose the Sword Press reads submissions year around (no charge) for poetry chapbooks & full-length poetry books. We focus mainly on publishing minority voices, & the guidelines for submitting can be found on our submittable:

    https://choosethesword.submittable.com/submit

    Other links:

    http://ctspress.com/new/submit/

    http://ctspress.com/new

  25. August 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Blessings be upon your head. Thank you. Thank you. Thanl you. What a generous heart you have. 🙂

  26. July 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Can you please add this to your list?
    lostalphabet.com/poetry

  27. August 19, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Fantastic resource for writers! Thank you so much for sharing, friend.

    Over at Half Mystic Press, we read full-length poetry manuscripts year-round, with no reading fee: http://halfmystic.com/manuscripts

  28. November 17, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    In January 2019, SurVision Books (Dublin, Ireland) will have an open submissions period for poetry manuscripts (chapbooks and collections) by poets born on the island of Ireland, or current and long-term residents there. There won’t be any submission fees for such manuscripts, and the window for submissions will be open between 1st January and 31st January 2019. More info here: http://www.survisionmagazine.com/submissionguidelines.htm

  29. 56 blackcentipedepress
    April 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Black Centipede Press will be having open submissions for manuscripts all year around. here’s the website:
    https://blackcentipedepress.com/

  30. 58 LuvSet
    January 13, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    This sort of resource is very valuable, even a year and a half after its last update. Thank you so much. If my manuscript finds a publisher because of this, I will mention the assistance provided by your project on my acknowledgments page. Last night I was rereading the manuscript — which I have been sending out since 2017 — fruitlessly paying reading fees and contest entry fees — and I was enjoying the read. That’s nice. One starts to internalize the rejection — of course these were rejected, they can’t be any good — but as a regular reader of poetry I know there are all kinds of poems and I don’t like a lot of them, yet the person who published ’em must love ’em (then there’s the poet!) — so I look at your list with some hope that there’s a book publisher out there who might share my (weird?) tastes. By now most of the poems in the manuscript have found a magazine to settle into; finding a book publisher is just harder.


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