Sundress Publications Open for Full-Length Prose Manuscripts

Deadline: February 28, 2022

Sundress Publications is open for submissions of full-length prose manuscripts in all genres. All authors are welcome to submit manuscripts during our reading period, which runs from December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022. Sundress is particularly interested in prose collections that value genre hybridization, the lyric, flash, strange or fractured narratives, new fiction, experimental work, or work with strong attention to lyricism and language. These collections may be short stories, novellas, essays, memoir, or a mixture thereof.

We are looking for manuscripts of 125-165 double-spaced pages of prose; front matter is not included toward the page count. Individual stories may have been previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Manuscripts translated from another language will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that authors notify us immediately if their work has been accepted elsewhere.

The reading fee is $15 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for BIPOC writers and entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title. Authors may submit as many manuscripts as they would like, provided that each is accompanied by a separate reading fee or purchase/pre-order. Entrants can place book orders or pay submission fees in our store.

All manuscripts will be read by members of our editorial board, and we will choose one manuscript for publication by summer of 2022. We strive to further our commitment to inclusion and seek to encounter as many unique and important voices as possible. We are actively seeking collections from BIPOC writers, trans and nonbinary writers, writers with disabilities, and others whose voices are under-represented in literary publishing. Selected manuscripts will be offered a standard publication contract, which includes 25 copies of the published book as well as any additional copies at cost.

To submit, forward the qualifying Sundress store receipt for submission fee or book purchase to and attach a 20-35 page sample of the manuscript (DOC, DOCX, or PDF) noting the author’s first and last name in the subject line. The sample should include the author’s name and an acknowledgements page. The sample may include one story or a number of shorter stories. After our initial selection process, semi-finalists will be asked to send the full collection.

Call for Submissions: A Body You Talk To: An Anthology of Contemporary Disability

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Sundress Publications announces an open submission call for A Body You Talk To: An Anthology of Contemporary Disability, a collection of works by Disabled writers and poets that pushes defiantly against what it means to be Disabled today.

The last two years have been an especially challenging time to be disabled as isolation, illness, and stress are at an all-time high — three things that already disproportionately impact those of us who are disabled. Yet we remain a sexy, vibrant, hilarious, and brilliant community. Disabled friends, have you looked at yourself lately? Stunning! And this is what we seek to reflect in our upcoming anthology.

Disabled writers and poets alike are invited to submit work to A Body You Talk To; An Anthology of Contemporary Disability slated for release in Fall 2022. Send us your stories and poems of sex, of illness, of pandemic isolation, of medication challenges, access victories (or failures); send us the messy and funny, the profound and unruly. Send us words in which we can feel you loving yourself. Works may, but are not required to, include direct inference of disability experiences in the body and in the world. Writers and poets may submit on any topic and are not required to disclose their specific disability. Works by Disabled BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers and poets is specifically sought.

Contributors will be paid a small honorarium. This anthology will appear in a digital format.

Interested writers and poets should submit up to 5 poems or 1 piece of prose (max. 750 words) along with a short bio (max. 100 words), a preferred email address, phone number, and physical mailing address on this form by April 30, 2022. Previously published work will be considered as long as you retain the right to reprint it and note where it first appeared. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as they are noted as such and the author notifies the editor at that the work has been accepted elsewhere before notification of acceptance in the anthology. Early submission is recommended as work will be assessed as it arrives.

Artwork by Disabled artists is also sought for consideration for this anthology. To submit, please send high-resolution JPEGS and a short bio (max. 100 words) along with your preferred email address, phone number, and physical mailing address through the form, above.

Tennison Black will serve as the editor for this anthology. Black is a queer, autistic, and multiply-disabled writer who received an MFA at Arizona State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Collagist, The Seattle Times, SWWIM, Hotel Amerika, 45th Parallel, Wordgathering, and New Mobility among others. She has taught composition, creative writing, and/or publishing at Arizona State University, Western Washington University, Perryville Women’s Prison, and the National University of Singapore. She is the Managing Editor at Sundress Publications and the Best of the Net Anthology.

Sundress Review Series Looking for Recently Published Books

Deadline: Rolling

As part of Sundress’s ongoing commitment to service, we recognize that COVID-19 has caused hardship by cancelling readings, launches, tours, and other needed promotional efforts. To combat this, Sundress Publications continues to accept submissions for consideration for inclusion in our new review series, Sundress Reads. We’re looking to write featured reviews for any books published or to be published in 2021. We at Sundress hope to champion writers whose work highlights human struggle and challenges misconceptions.

Authors or publishers of books published within this date range are invited to submit books, chapbooks, or anthologies in any genre for consideration by our reviewers who are standing by. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

For immediate consideration, please forward an electronic copy of the book (PDFs preferred), author bio, photo of the cover, and a link to the publisher’s website to with “Sundress Reads: Title” as the subject line. In addition, we request that one print copy be mailed to Sundress Academy for the Arts, ATTN: Sundress Reads, 195 Tobby Hollow Lane, Knoxville, TN 37931.

Submissions to Sundress Reads will remain eligible for selection for one year. Hard copies will become a permanent part of the Sundress Academy for the Arts library and will be made available to SAFTA residents and staff as well as by request to affiliate journals for further reviews.