FutureCycle Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Beginning in January of 2023, FutureCycle Press will only consider submissions for our Selected Poems Series. This structured series is for choice compilations of one poet's work from formerly published books. Submissions should include a short (roughly 2- to 4-page) independently written foreword framing the poet's development and contribution to the poetic canon. Intended for seasoned poets with a substantial body of published work to their credit, younger poets or those with only a few full-length books should not submit.

Depending on the strength of submissions, we may or may not publish one or more Selected Poems editions in any given year. Accepted manuscripts are generally published within eighteen months.

Please read these guidelines carefully; no refunds of the submission fee will be given for any reason, including failure to read our guidelines.

All authors, including those we have previously published, must submit their work through Submittable; submissions or queries sent by email will be ignored. We consider submissions for the series year-round. Although we strive to respond more quickly, please allow at least six months before inquiring as to status.

If accepted, your manuscript in all particulars will be produced in-house. Except for obvious errors and to conform to the series design, we will edit lightly because the poems have already been vetted by the original book publishers. You may suggest a candidate image for your cover, preferably one showing a selection of something meaningful to you or related to your work.

Although we do allow some prose poetry, we do not as a rule publish flash fiction, running-prose narratives, or experimental writing not typically considered poetry. Your submission will be considered more favorably if you exclude any narratives bereft of poetic craft; just breaking the lines short is not sufficient. Also, we do not include images or blurbs inside the book.

IMPORTANT: We publish both print and Kindle editions of work we accept. Because of digital programming constraints, we cannot reliably reproduce columnar or concrete (e.g., widely scattered, "shaped") poetry, so please do not include work of this nature in your submission. An assessment of potentially problematic formatting is made before a manuscript is cleared for content evaluation, and your submission (no matter how great) may be rejected if there are insurmountable issues.

It is best to stick to traditional single-spaced lines with one extra line between stanzas. Do not use the Enter key to "go" to the next page; instead, press Cntrl-Enter (Windows) or Cmd-Enter (Mac) at the end of the last line of each poem to force a page break and start the next poem on a new page. Turn on automatic page numbering or put an automatic page number code (along with anything else you want to repeat on every page) in a header or footer. We would rather your manuscript be unnumbered than the numbers manually typed in. Also, please do not add instructions like "continued on next page, no stanza break"; create a new stanza by pressing the Enter key twice. 

Do not type poem titles in all caps. Titles are best styled with Heading 1 or simply set in boldface (Ctrl-B, Cmd-B). Other than this, the less styling and formatting you use, the better. Try to follow the Chicago Manual of Style for poem titles. (When in doubt, try this online converter.)

If you write with a long line on a letter-sized page, be aware that some lines may wrap down and be indented when the poems are formatted for a 6x9 book. Try setting your margins at 2 inches all around to preview what may happen. Sometimes we can compensate by using a smaller type size, but often we can't. 

Shoot for between 110 and 150 single-spaced pages of poems. Most of our Selected Poems editions run 125 to 175 pages (including front and back matter), which allows us to price them equivalentally and also place type on the spine. But don't stress over this. We can delete poems later if the book runs excessively long or add some in if it runs short. Also, don't stress over a table of contents if you don't know how to automatically generate one.

Sections: Selections from published books should appear in chronologically ordered sections, from oldest to newest, and simply titled Book Title / Press Name, Year. Not more than ten published poems that have not been published in a book can be included in a final Uncollected Poems section, but only if you consider those poems to reflect your skill and maturation as a poet over time. (Otherwise, they are better saved for your next book.)

Notes: Optionally, any explanatory notes that cannot be placed in a short epigraph with a poem should be gathered in a Notes section with a reference to the poem titles only, not page numbers. Do not rely on footnoting because we cannot include footnotes in the Kindle edition.

Acknowledgments: Serial publications should be prepared and alphabetized as follows: Journal Name (sans numbering): "Poem Title," "Poem Title," "Poem Title" (all publications included in one entry for each journal). Poems published in non-serial publications follow, written as paragraphs: "Poem Title," "Poem Title," and "Poem Title" appeared in Anthology (Publisher, Year). Also handle any awards or special-case citations this way.

That's it. If you want to know more about how we work and what we expect during the publishing process, our Guide for Authors will be useful. Since it was last published, it is somewhat dated because it focuses on original works of poetry of 100 pages or less. We don't publish this type of book anymore, but they make up the bulk of our catalog. If your manuscript is accepted, we will follow most of the procedures in the Guide and let you know if something is different for your Selected Poems edition.

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