Submission Guidelines

We host an open reading in the summer months from May-July and are closed in December to make final decisions about next year’s titles. Our reading queue is monitored most of the year except for December.

Authors of works that have gone out of print due to the closure of the original press may submit full-length or short books, including novels, novellas, chapbooks, short story collections, poetry collections, essay collections, and memoirs. We will read manuscripts of any literary genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, none of the above, some of the above, or all of the above. Editors may also submit out-of-print manuscripts their presses published before closing. To be eligible, works must have been both published and out of print by no earlier than 2000.

To submit, you may send your manuscript(s) in .PDF or .DOC format via email to At this time, we do not require a query letter prior to submission. Simply include a brief cover letter in the body of the email telling us a little bit about your work and yourself.

Accepted manuscripts will be turned into downloadable e-books available for free on the Sundress Publications website! Previous titles include Karyna McGlynn's Alabama Steve and Jehanne Dubrow's The Hardship Post.

Along with your manuscript, please include the name of the manuscript's original publisher, as well as the name and contact information of the publisher's former editor-in-chief, if available. Be sure to note the genre of the manuscript in your cover letter.

Please note: we do not republish translated work or previously self-published work.

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