Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider your poetry. Please note that these guidelines, and the submission links that follow, are for submitting book and chapbook manuscripts to us. A modest, non-refundable reading fee is required, so following these guidelines would be wise. (To submit individual works without fee, please visit Good Works Review at goodworksreview.futurecycle.org for GWR-specific guidelines and information.)We read year-round and strive to respond in three months or less. We typically decide on, and schedule, full-length manuscripts for publication in the first nine months of a year for book prize consideration, with the winner announced the following January. Chapbooks are normally scheduled for fall publication in the current or subsequent years.
Because our time and yours is valuable, we expect you to review the Info/For Authors at www.futurecycle.org in advance of submission. A sample of our book contract is available on the site. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw promptly through Submittable should your work be accepted elsewhere.
Note that we do not use first-line readers. All manuscripts are evaluated by at least two senior editors. Should individual editors decide to share their comments with you, which they will sometimes but not always do, the comments will appear on your Submittable Activity tab for the 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 (or more than two "Maybes"), 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 work load and how our editors' schedules affect their ability to evaluate your submission. Sometimes we'll put a manuscript on hold and request revisions, but if we think the needed revisions will be extensive before we could publish the work, we will reject the submission.
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. Stick to traditional single-spaced lines with one extra line between stanzas, and do not type titles in all caps. If you write with a long line, be aware that words extending past about 4.5" in 11-point type will wrap down and be indented when the poems are formatted for a 6x9 book. Sometimes we can compensate by using a smaller font, but sometimes we can't. (To preview what may happen, try setting your margins at 2 inches all around.)
We have closed out our chapbooks for 2017; Fall 2018 is the earliest we will publish another chapbook. Our full-length book schedule is closed for 2017 and we are now scheduling into 2018.
Poetry must have at least 25 single-spaced pages for chapbooks. Full-length books should be 48 to 96 pages. Exclude front matter (title page, contents, acknowledgments) or any artwork from the page count.
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 book or chapbook manuscript does not include acceptance of any artwork you may submit. Submitters using zip format to circumvent required document formats (.doc, .odt) will be rejected without comment.
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.
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 edition 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.