There are presently no open calls for submissions.
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 for choice compilations from formerly published books and 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. All authors must submit their work through Submittable; submissions sent by email will be ignored.
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. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOW SCHEDULING INTO 2023, AND WE WILL CLOSE SUBMISSIONS WHEN THE 2023 SCHEDULE IS FILLED. THOSE MANUSCRIPTS ALREADY UNDER CONSIDERATION AT THAT TIME WILL EITHER BE HELD OPEN FOR A DECISION THE FOLLOWING SUMMER OR REJECTED.
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.
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.