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.
2019 July Open Submission Period
July 1 – July 31
(postmark or online submission-date)
Throughout the month of July, Tupelo Press will hold open submissions for book-length poetry collections (48-90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (28-47 pages). Selected manuscripts will receive publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.
Who May Submit
The July Open Reading Period is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad, and regardless of prior publication history. We are again accepting translations for the July Open Reading Period. This is not a contest and manuscripts are not read anonymously. Previously self-published books are not eligible. Employees of Tupelo Press and authors with books previously published by Tupelo Press are not eligible. Poets submitting work for consideration may be published authors or writers without prior book publications.
We continue to be impressed by the quality of work we see and generally receive many, many more worthy manuscripts than we are able to publish. In addition, each of our contests and reading periods has a different team of editors, guest editors, esteemed readers, and final judge. And of course our tastes and needs evolve from year to year with each production schedule. For all of these reasons and more, please know you are welcome to submit your manuscript to the July Open even if you have already entered it in one or more of our contests or reading periods in the past. Thank you for honoring us with your work -- we're excited to see what wonders arrive over the transom.
Manuscript Requirements & Ethical Guidelines
Please note, the July Open Reading Period is for poetry manuscripts.
Submit a previously unpublished manuscript with a table of contents. Cover letters or biography notes are optional.
Submittable provides fields to fill in your contact information: name, address, telephone number, and email address, please be sure to fill them in appropriately.
Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.
Simultaneous submissions to other publishers, contests, or reading periods are permitted, as long as you notify Tupelo Press promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Before you submit a manuscript to a Tupelo Press contest or reading period, please consider exploring the work of the poets we have published. We’re drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant imagination; memorable, vivid imagery and strikingly musical approaches to language; willingness to take risks; and an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience.
Tupelo Press endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), which can be reviewed here, along with more about Tupelo Press’s ethical considerations for literary contests.
The online Submittable system automatically confirms receipt.
Beyond this, kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your manuscript and/or payment. We receive thousands of manuscripts each year and cannot offer individual acknowledgments. Thank you for your understanding.
All entries must be postmarked or certified by Submittable online by midnight of July 31, 2019.
Results will be announced in the Fall of 2019. We notify all submitters in three ways:
- Via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their manuscript.
- Via email to those who included an email address with their contact information.
- We post the results on our website.
A reading fee of $30 (U.S.) must accompany each submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate reading fee. Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help defray, but do not entirely cover, the cost of reviewing manuscripts and publishing the many books we select outside of our competitions.
You will be prompted to pay via Submittable.
Submit Your Manuscript Now
Via Submittable: Submit Beginning on July 1, 2019
Be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading.
We do not accept manuscripts via email or fax.
Thank you for your participation and your support of Tupelo Press.
We look forward to reading your work!