Scholarships for Tupelo Press Teen Writing Program Creative Writing Classes are available to students who are rising High School Freshman through High School seniors for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Please include a note about how this scholarship will help you.

Tupelo Press welcomes applications for the following internship opportunities:

Teen Education Outreach Intern:

This project focuses on two central tasks for our teen writing program outreach: developing contemporary resources in diverse voices for HS teachers in multiple writing genres, and assisting with developing contact lists for educator outreach. Adding to our online bank of contemporary examples enriches our ability as a literary press to expand access to the diversity of material in the poetry world. The intern will leave the position with a a keen sense of diverse contemporary voices and genres with examples, as well as  network of secondary level contacts for future teaching initiatives.

Social Media Intern for Education:

Responsibilities depend on intern’s social media experience and will include creating and curating educational content for Tupelo Press's Social media platforms, and interns with recording talents this can include TikTok, Vimeo, and YouTube Channels. Content will routinely be drawn from a diverse bank of literary publications as well as Tupelo Press's deep well of experience in publishing and teaching, the intern will leave the position with a greater bank of literary tools and deeper understanding of resources that support them while building a portfolio of social media material.

Book Sales and Distribution Intern:

This project focuses on producing content for book promotions including writing book descriptions of varying lengths, including following guidelines for sales algorithms, and developing keywords for the books based on their own experience as well as language from literary and lay reviews. The intern will leave the position with a keen sense of book promotion within the industry as well as a portfolio of examples, and the skills to make them an asset for any publication institution.

Generative Fundriasing Project Intern:

This internship involves the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project and involves database management, and monthly organization of participant materials to support a vibrant ten-year generative poetry fundraising project. Knowledge of Wordpress is an asset but can be taught. Participants will gain valuable insights into donation management software and reporting and leave with an expanded bank of literary contacts.

Course Adoption Intern:  

This project would focus on two central tasks:  developing a portfolio of curricular resources pertaining to a recent work of literary poetry, fiction or nonfiction published by Tupelo Press, and assisting with outreach to educators who could adopt the book into their curriculum. The student will develop a letter that highlights and frames the curricular materials developed during the internship, and will also work collaboratively to create databases of educators for outreach purposes.  Because many publishers are foregrounding course adoptions as a way to bolster sales and create a sustainable business enterprise, this internship will offer valuable and marketable expertise for those interested in careers in literary publishing.  The student will leave the internship with practical skills and a network of educator contacts for future course adoptions initiatives in literary publishing.  

Book Publicity Intern:  

This project will consist of two central tasks: assisting with the further development of a database of reviewers and review markets in the student’s chosen genre, and assisting with outreach to both reviewers and review markets for a book publicity campaign in the student’s chosen genre. Students will leave with a working knowledge of publicity outlets within their genre of choice, as well as a roster of contacts in that genre. Student will also have the option to write reviews, receive feedback, and interview a writer for their chosen publicity campaign.  The benefit of this being that he or she will have the opportunity to participate in and receive feedback on both sides of the publicity business, and will also have published clips to present for future reviewer, interviewer, and magazine writing opportunities. 


Development and Fundraising Intern:  

This internship will consist of three central tasks:  1) Developing creative strategies for fundraising in coordination with the staff of Tupelo Press, such as auctions, crowdfunding campaigns, and more; 2) Assisting with outreach to past donors and prospective donors; 3) Organizing past donation history into a user-friendly database for other key staff.  The intern will leave with an expanded network of fundraising contacts, as well as valuable and marketable expertise in development for arts nonprofits and literary publishers. 

Web Design Intern for Tupelo Quarterly:  

This internship would offer the opportunity of participating in every aspect of production for one of our issues.  Responsibilities would include designing posts for our website, which includes cross-disciplinary work, poetry films, collaborations, translation, poetry in all styles, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews; proofreading; and corresponding with authors to perfect their presentation of the work on the site.  The student would work collaboratively with myself, our managing editor, Tiffany Troy, our Associate Editors-in-Chief, Erica Buist and Wendy Chen, and a staff of Associate and Senior editors that includes Guggenheim fellows and Levis Prize Winners, among many other honors.  The student will leave with a working knowledge of Wordpress, enabling him or her to start their own web publication, assist in the development of an established web based literary magazine, or simply make themselves more marketable to literary publishers who are rapidly expanding their web based content and resources.


Tupelo Press is now reading submissions of literary nonfiction year-round.  Please submit only completed manuscripts for our consideration.  

Please keep in mind that this is not a contest. Manuscripts are not read anonymously. We hope to find manuscripts we love and want to publish, but understand, please, that Tupelo Press is under no obligation to publish any of the prose manuscripts submitted to us. Please also bear in mind that Tupelo Press accepts very few works of prose — no more than one or two per year. All manuscripts will be read and all decisions made by the editors of Tupelo Press only.

There is a reading fee of $45 for each prose manuscript submitted. Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help defray, but do not by any means cover, the significant time involved in reading works of prose, and the cost of publishing the books we commit to. Before submitting, be deeply thoughtful about whether your manuscript is fully ready for publication. Please don’t send works of prose previously submitted to us, unless specifically asked to do so.

Typically preliminary readers assist with evaluating contest entries, and vote on which manuscripts should be honored as finalists and forwarded on to the judge.  We assign each preliminary reader 50 book or chapbook-length manuscripts.  While this is an honorary position, we would be pleased to feature a bio with information about your creative work on the Tupelo Press staff page, and provide complimentary Tupelo Press books and broadsides as a token of our appreciation.


Please use this link to submit book-length works of literature in translation.  We are open to submissions of both poetry and prose, as well hybrid and experimental work.  As you prepare your translation submission, there are a few things to note:

--We pay a $2,500 - $3,000 advance for a book of poetry.

--We pay for rights, however, we expect the translator to have made sure that rights are available.

--Whenever possible, please be sure to include the original language text alongside the English language translation.  

--We are particularly interested in works of literature being made available in English for the first time.  

Thank you, as always, for thinking of Tupelo Press.  We look forward to reading your submission!  

Tupelo Press