Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider your work. Please note that these guidelines, and the submission links that follow, are for submitting poetry book manuscripts (48 to 86 pages, single spaced, sans front/back matter) or manuscripts for our Selected Poems series (final book length 125 to 175 pages with fixed design elements). The Selected Poems category is intended for seasoned poets with a substantial body of published work to their credit; younger poets or those with only a few books should not submit to this category. (To submit individual works without fee, please visit Good Works Review at  www.goodworksreview.org for GWR-specific guidelines and information.)


We read book manuscripts in the months of July through December. Accepted manuscripts, up to twelve, are published January through June in either the coming year or the year following. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw promptly through Submittable (and leave a comment) should your work be accepted elsewhere. We strive to respond in three months or less. A modest, non-refundable reading fee is required, so following our guidelines would be wise. 


IMPORTANT: We publish both print and Kindle editions of work we accept. Because of digital programming constraints, we cannot reliably reproduce columnar or concrete poetry ("words scattered all over the page"), 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 editorial 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 TYPE POEM TITLES IN ALL CAPS! Set title-cased poem titles in bold or with Heading 1 styling. Also, "tabs" should be a uniform 5 spaces (or .25") long or multiples thereof. If you write with a long line, be aware that some words may wrap down and be indented when the poems are formatted for a 6x9 book. Sometimes we can compensate by using a smaller or more condensed font, but often we can't. (To preview what may happen, try setting your margins at 2 inches all around.)


If your book is accepted and you are not ineligible (i.e., one of our staff or a former winner), you are automatically entered into competition for the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize in the year we publish your book. At this time, we are scheduling manuscripts up to 18 months following the end of the reading period in which acceptance occurs. Be aware that we schedule publication dates for accepted manuscripts in sequence, and once our schedule is filled we may close out submissions.


Note that we do not use first-line readers. All manuscripts are evaluated by at least three senior editors. Should individual editors decide to share their comments with you, which they will sometimes but not always do, these comments will be included along with our decision on your submission. Otherwise, please do not ask us for feedback.


We don't believe it does anyone any favors to "sit" on a manuscript we know we are going to reject. Our rule of thumb is that, until we have two "No" votes from our editors, we consider a submission to be under active evaluation. Once two editors recommend rejection, we reject the manuscript. This can take several months, or it can happen quickly; it all depends on the overall workload and how our editors' schedules affect their ability to evaluate your submission. Sometimes we'll put a manuscript on hold and give you an opportunity to make revisions based on our suggestions, but if we think the needed revisions will be extensive before we could publish the work, we will reject the submission. In almost all cases, three affirmative votes from our editors are required before we will offer a contract to publish.




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Poetry manuscripts should be 48 to 84 pages single-spaced. Exclude front matter (title page, contents, acknowledgments) or any artwork from the page count. Unless otherwise ineligible, all full-length books are considered for the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize.

A complete list of acknowledgments, including credits to the journals or magazines in which a work was first published, should be submitted with the manuscript; do not include reprint credits. Alphabetize serial publications separately from books, chapbooks, anthologies, and awards:

A Journal: "Poem 1," "Poem 2," "Poem 3"

"Poem 1," "Poem 2," and "Poem 3" first appeared in Anthology/Book/Chapbook Title (Press, YYYY).

Only submit one file; if submitting artwork (grayscale only except for the cover), zip your entire submission into one file. Acceptance of your manuscript does not include acceptance of any artwork you may submit, and we have a preference for no artwork inside the book. Submitters using zip format to circumvent required document formats (.doc, .odt) will be rejected without comment. Submittable reconverts .pdf files with sometimes deleterious results, so please don't submit a .pdf unless we ask you for one.

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The Selected Poems series is intended for seasoned poets with a substantial body of published work to their credit. Younger poets or those with only a few books should not submit to this category. Ideally, we want the final length of books in this series to be 125 to 175 pages (at 6 x 9 trim size), including front matter and acknowledgments. Any blurbs or biographical material will be placed on the back cover, not inside.

For each book represented in the collection, include a section page with the book or chapbook title, followed by the original publisher and year of publication. A complete list of acknowledgments, including credits to the journals or magazines in which a work was first published, should be submitted with the manuscript; do not include reprint credits. Alphabetize serial publications separately from books, chapbooks, anthologies, and awards:

A Journal: "Poem 1," "Poem 2," "Poem 3"

"Poem 1," "Poem 2," and "Poem 3" first appeared in Anthology/Book/Chapbook Title (Press, YYYY).

Because this is a series, the cover design is rigid and the title should be [Author Name]: Selected Poems. For samples of organization, use the "Look Inside" feature of the paperback Selected Poems editions on Amazon, linked from our online Catalog. A complete list of acknowledgments, including credits to the original book publishers and to the journals or magazines in which individual works were first published, should be submitted with the manuscript; do not include reprint credits. If not initially included, a Foreword written by a writer or editor of the poet's choice (with their bio) that helps readers understand the poet's place within the framework of contemporary poetry must be supplied post-acceptance.

Only submit one file; if submitting suggested artwork for the cover, zip your entire submission into one file. Acceptance of your manuscript does not include acceptance of any artwork you may submit.


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