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.
A celebration of the collective poetic process, the MLP is being written, couplet by couplet, by readers and writers around the world, and published online by Tupelo Press. Each day we post two lines from which contributing poets draw their inspiration. Participate in the creation of this unique art form as it grows organically. Your contribution is part of its dynamic synergy.
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!