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Presses with Open Readings for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

In the past, I have created such lists as all the Small, Independent, and University Press Poetry Book Publishers (which was up-to-date as of 3-6-10 with 687 presses) and all the Journals with “Review” in Their Title, Who Accept Poetry, and Who Have a Website (which was up-to-date as of 2-29-12 with 344 journals.) The first lists I made were Poetry Book Contests with Spring & Summer DeadlinesPoetry Book Contests with Fall & Winter Deadlines (scroll down), and Poetry Chapbook Contests (scroll down).

Now, it’s time to start a new list, and I’ll keep it here and I’ll update it as I can. Currently, these are the only ones I remember or that other kind people have reminded me of. The list will grow, and if you know of any open readings, please note them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. I’m trying to limit this list to free readings, but I’ve listed a few that charge a reading fee.

Presses with Open Readings for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

All the Time Open Readings

January Open Readings
  • Astrophil Press (University of South Dakota. January 29 – April 10.)
  • Brick Road Poetry Press (75-100 pages. December 1 – January 15.)
  • CavanKerry Press (For Laurel Books, Emerging Voices, and Notable Voices imprint only. $20 reading fee.)
  • Graywolf Press (Only for poets who have previously published a book of poems.) (Graywolf Press has decided to stop accepting unsolicited submissions until further notice. 5-20-13.)
  • H_NGM_N BKS (with $10 reading fee)
  • Kore Press (with $35 reading. Women only.)
  • Milkweed Editions (“at least 60 pages long”) [Temporarily closed]
  • Nine Arches Press
  • Tinderbox Editions (December 1-7 fee-free open reading period. December 8 – January 30 $22 donation period.)
February Open Readings
March Open Readings
April Open Readings
May Open Readings
June Open Readings 
July Open Readings
August Open Reading
September Open Readings
October Open Readings
November Open Readings
December Open Readings
  • Brick Road Poetry Press (75-100 pages. December 1 – January 15.)
  • CavanKerry Press (For Laurel Books, Emerging Voices, and Notable Voices imprint only. $20 reading fee.)
  • Future Poem Books (November 15 through December 31.)
  • H_NGM_N BKS (with $10 reading fee)
  • Tinderbox Editions (December 1-7 fee-free open reading period. December 8 – January 30 $22 donation period.)
  • WordTech Communications (Includes the following imprints Cherry Grove Collections, CW Books, David Robert Books, Turning Point, Word Press, and WordTech Editions. Closes December 15.)
More to come.
Ultimate update: 1-20-17 removed Winter Goose Publishing.
Penultimate update: 1-19-17 added Tinderbox Editions to December and January and Anchor & Plume to June and July.
Antepenultimate update: 11-9-16 removed Press 53 from November. They no longer have open readings.
Preantepenultimate update: 8-16-16 moved ELJ Publishing to February, March, and April.
143 presses that print paperback and/or hardcover poetry books.//

58 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. 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. 🙂


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