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 (last checked and updated 7-16-17)

January Open Readings
February Open Readings
March Open Readings
April Open Readings
May Open Readings
  • Airlie Press (They “seek manuscripts from Pacific Northwest poets who are willing and able to commit to a three-year term of doing the shared work of running a collective press.”)
  • Able Muse Press
  • Ahsahta Press (“There will be no open submission period in 2014. Open submissions will resume in May 2015.” . . .  Still closed. Checked 5-15-17.)
  • Augury Books (Temporarily closed. Checked 5-15-17.)
  • BkMk Press (Process begins with a sample of 10 pages of poetry. See guidelines.)
  • 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. . . “Currently, we are not open to poetry submissions.” 5-15-17.)
  • Mason Jar Press ($4 submission fee)
  • McSweeney’s Books
  • New Rivers Press
  • Ninebark Press (“[O]ur next open reading period will be May 1-31, 2018. If you have a completed book manuscript you believe fits our mission, please submit a query letter and sample (15-30 pages).) Checked 6-1-17.
  • Orison Books (Only open for poetry in translation. . . . Checked 5-15-17.)
  • Sibling Rivalry Press (“In lieu of a reading charge or entry fee, purchase one of our titles from our official online store.”)
  • Sundress Publications ($13 reading fee.)
  • Unicorn Press (Mail only.)
  • University Press of Kentucky: New Poetry and Prose Series. (Begin with query.) (March 15 – May 1.)
  • The Waywiser Press (“Authors who have published two or more previous collections of poems”)
  • Willow Books (2017. $25.)
  • YesYes Books (April 1 – May 15. $22.)
June Open Readings (last checked and updated 6-22-17)
July Open Readings (last checked and updated 7-16-17)
August Open Reading
September Open Readings
October Open Readings
November Open Readings
December Open Readings
More to come.
Ultimate update: 7-16-17
  • Added Rose Metal Press to August
  • All the Time Open Readings
    • Removed 8th House Publishing
    • Updated Alabaster Leaves Publishing link
    • Updated Aldrich Press link
    • Removed Another New Calligraphy
    • Removed Another Sky Press
    • Updated Arte Público Press link
    • Updated Bauhan Publishing information
    • Updated C&R Press link
    • Updated Choose the Sword Press information
    • Removed Cobalt Press
    • Updated Conundrum Press link
    • Updated Cormorant Books information
    • Updated Daffydowndilly Press link
    • Updated Deerbrook Editions information
    • Updated ECW Press link
    • Removed Em Press
    • Removed Emerson Street Press
    • Updated Etruscan Press link
    • Removed Furniture Press Books
    • Updated FutureCycle Press link and information
    • Updated Gold Wake Press information.
    • Removed Grace Notes Books
    • Updated Harbor Mountain Press link
    • Updated Hiraeth Press information
    • Updated House of Anansi Press link and name. Now called Anansi.
    • Removed Ibbetson Street Press
    • Updated Jellyfish Highway information
    • Updated Lapwing Publications link
    • Removed Leaping Dog Press
    • Removed Lethe Press
    • Updated Literary Machine Editions information
    • Removed Loyal Stone Press
    • Removed Medulla Publishing
    • Updated Mongrel Empire Press information
    • Updated Mother Tongue Publishing Limited link
    • Updated New Binary Press link
    • Updated Oberon Press information
    • Updated Oolichan Books information
    • Removed Oneiros Books
    • Removed Owl Cat Press
    • Removed The Pen and Anvil Press
    • Removed Perpetual Motion Machine Press
    • Removed Recliner Books
    • Updated Red Squirell Press information
    • Updated Skylight Press link
    • Removed Solid Objects
    • Updated Spuyten Duyvil link
    • Removed Sweatshoppe Publications
    • Moved Unicorn Press to September, October, November, December, March, April, May, and June.
    • Updated Upper Rubber Boot Books information
    • Removed Walrus Publishing
    • Updated White Violet Press link
Penultimate update: 7-12-17
  • Removed Cherry Castle Publishing from July.
  • Added The Song Cave to August and updated link in July and August.
  • Removed Spring Gun Press from July.
  • Updated Tupelo Press link and reading fee.
  • Added Willow Books to August and September.
  • Added Four Chambers Press to July.
Antepenultimate update: 7-1-17 Added Willow Books to April, May, June, and July.
Preantepenultimate update: 6-22-17 removed Fish Creek Press (dead website.)
138 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!

    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.


  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.


  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

    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,

    • 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.


      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


    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:


    Other links:



  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:


    Other links:



  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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