This list was compiled for your convenience but is by no means exhaustive. Please respond in the comments with additional outlets as well as your experience with the various publishers listed here. This list was last updated on February 1, 2022.
Anaphora Literary Press “Avoid sending query letters without the requirements. When submitting a project for review, always send ALL of the materials by email in a single Microsoft Word attachment. Mailed submissions will not be considered. PDFs and other files that cannot easily be opened and commented on in a modern computer will not be evaluated.”
Blue Light Press “Blue Light Press is dedicated to the publication of poetry, fiction and flash fiction that is imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest, and pushes the language to a deeper level of insight. We are all poets and artists, and our books are respected for their vision, language and artistic design.”
BrickHouse Books “BrickHouse Books (formerly New Poets Series, Inc.) is Maryland’s oldest continuously operating small press. Founded in 1970, with Clarinda Harriss as its editor since 1973, BrickHouse publishes works of poetry, fiction, drama, or artistic nonfiction. We are always looking for submissions of excellent, fresh, non-trendy, literate, intelligent material in any form or style.”
Cawing Crow Press “At Cawing Crow Press we are committed to working with authors from submission through publication, using a collaborative process that is individualized and that takes authors from manuscript to publication in a manner that consistently produces books that are well revised, properly edited, and up to, or better than, current publishing standards.”
Clare Songbirds Publishing House “Previously published poems, stories, essays, excerpts may be included in your manuscript. Please provide publication acknowledgements (title of poem/story/essay, where and when published) in the body of your email. We publish poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction chapbooks (40 pages or less).”
Cooper Dillon Books Cooper Dillon is a small poetry press committed to upholding the virtues of Poetry as a high art and expression of truth, beauty, and sincerity: the values that make poems timeless. We welcome submissions of full-length & chapbook poetry manuscripts. We have a buy-a-book or $10 reading fee for all manuscripts.
Cyberwit “Cyberwit will work closely with you in publishing books of fiction and non-fiction, including: novels, short stories, poems, biographies, autobiographies, psychology, religion, history, health, humor etc. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Cyberwit to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.
Dancing Girl Press “dgp is happy to accept manuscripts from women poets for publication in our annual chapbook series. We plan to publish a varying number of chapbooks per year chosen from the best of the manuscripts we receive.”
Encircle Publications “Since 2011 Encircle Publications has offered an annual chapbook contest. The winner each year now receives $250, 25 perfect-bound copies of the winning chapbook (with discount on additional copies), royalties on copies sold, discounted promotional materials (bookmarkers/postcards) and marketing assistance. Our authors hail from all over the U.S. and our chaps have gone on to win additional awards.”
Finishing Line Press We read general submissions year round. Please include a $3 reading fee with your manuscript. Submit from 16 to 35 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter (you can pay by check or money order) or submit online using our online submissions manager.
Fly on the Wall Press “Poetry Chapbooks: Up to 32 pages of poetry; Poetry Collections: Up to 70 pages of poetry. No restrictions on individual poem length. Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2020 book purchase receipt, thank you.” Update: “Now closed for 2020. Our annual reading period opens in Autumn-Winter. Quick [fee-based] manuscript feedback still available at the bottom of this page. For poetry and short story collection submission window updates, subscribe to our monthly mailing list.”
FutureCycle Press “We read manuscripts from July through December. All submissions must go through Submittable; emailed submissions are ignored. Before submitting a manuscript, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with our our Guide for Authors to ensure there are no deal-breakers.”
Ginninderra Press “All Ginninderra Press titles go through an editorial selection and review process; only a small proportion of titles is accepted for publication. We do not accept electronic submissions – hard-copy submissions only are considered. We do not accept manuscripts from writers resident outside Australia.”
Golden Antelope Press “Do you have a creative book project that you would like us to consider for publication? Here is how to get started. What we ask for at present is an email to this address describing your project or manuscript. We publish poetry, short stories, novellas, novels, plays, and creative non-fiction. So tell us what you have and send us a sample. If we are interested we will contact you and ask to see the full ms (doc or docx is fine) if it complete. If we are not interested, we will let you know as soon as possible.”
Headmistress Press Headmistress Press is a small press based in Sequim, Washington. Founded in 2013, the press specializes in poetry by lesbian poets. Notable poets who have published collections with Headmistress include Janice Gould, Joy Ladin, Constance Merritt, and Lesléa Newman.
Hedgehog Poetry Press, The “We are currently only accepting submissions for single-poet-collections via our competitions or by invitation, although in the future we intend to begin to accept submissions directly.”
In Case of Emergency Press “We publish a small number of literary works every year: poetry, short stories, scripts, and longer fiction. If you have a manuscript ready, we’d be very happy to read it and assess it. We accept submissions in March and October each year.”
Kattywompus Press “Submissions are currently closed; check back after spring solstice. We want: CHAPBOOKS: Anything that wants to live on about 30 text pages or less. No genre restriction. FULL LENGTH manuscripts: we consider the first 20 pages; if we like that excerpt, we’ll ask you to send the full manuscript.”
Kelsay Books “Kelsay Books is an independent literary press run by Karen Kelsay, an award winning poet, whose primary focus is to publish beautiful books in a timely manner. Four imprint companies have been established to accommodate a variety of published poets. We accept unsolicited chapbooks and full-length manuscripts year-round.”
Lily Poetry Review “We are currently accepting general submissions of poetry, art and flash fiction for the review, as well as submission for chapbook and full-length poetry books.”
Louisiana Literature Press “Open reading periods for submissions of full-length or chapbook manuscripts will be announced on this website and through our social media accounts whenever the press is accepting submissions.”
Main Street Rag “We select manuscripts through contests, through recommendations from authors we’ve published, and through the submission options listed. On average we publish between 60 and 90 poetry collections every year. It is the genre for which we are best known.”
Mayapple Press “We focus on literature not often celebrated by either the mainstream or the avant-garde. This includes poetry which is both challenging and accessible; women’s writing; the rustbelt/rural culture that stretches from the Hudson Valley to the Great Lakes; the recent immigrant experience; poetry in translation; science fiction poetry.”
Mojave River Press “MRP looks to publish emerging literary talent of all kinds: poets, fiction/non-fiction writers, and experimental authors. Making books is personal here, and we work closely with our selected authors to reify unique and memorable texts.
Origami Poems Project “We prefer & encourage original work see Warranty & Disclaimer below) but if previously published, provide details. A microchap is a downloadable, single-page PDF. Folding instructions are under the ‘Who We Are’ tab. Our goal is to share poetry freely but this doesn’t mean every submission is accepted for publication.”
Pski’s Porch “Here is what we like, generally: poetry that is readable. It can be difficult, it can be weird (we very much like it weird), but it shouldn’t be fashionable. If you adhere to the belief that good poets read lots of contemporary poetry, then we probably won’t like it much. If passion matters just a tad more to you than craft, then we probably will.”
Red Sweater Press “Red Sweater Press is looking to publish book-length poetry and short story collections, with the goal of producing select works of adult and young adult fiction and memoir in the future. RSP also provides editing services and cover design à la carte, if writers are looking to submit manuscripts to contests or other publishers.”
Silver Birch Press “Throughout the year, we issue calls for submissions based on themes (e.g., Self-Portrait Poetry Series, Mythic Poetry Series) and choose poems based on literary merit and how well they reflect the particular theme.”
Silver Bow Publishing “Send only fully-edited, final manuscripts. We report within 3 weeks. Do not use any formatting. Do not use headers or footers. Do not number pages. Send a cover letter and bio along with manuscript via email in Word.docx file.”
Turas Press “Turas Press welcomes submissions of poetry and fiction during the next submissions window. This will be open from February 1st until March 30th, 2020. We are unable to read work sent in outside that window, unfortunately, but we do look forward to seeing your work early in 2020.”
Two Silvias Press “Two Sylvias Press is an independent press located in the Seattle area. We publish poetry, memoir, essays, books on the craft of writing, and creativity tools, such as The Poet Tarot and The Daily Poet.
Unsolicited Press “We welcome unagented authors, authors with agents, poets with parakeets. Whatever flavor author you are, we invite you to consider submitting (we have a less than 3% acceptance rate, so be nothing short of magnificent).”
WordTech Editions “We read for chapbooks in May and June; our reading period for full-length manuscripts is November and December. Deadlines may be extended at our discretion. We will also post calls for manuscripts for specific projects from time to time.”