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"A 501(c)(3) non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is entirely volunteer-run, publishes chapbooks and full-length works in both print and digital formats, and hosts a variety of online journals. "
Yes, till April 30, 2023
Response time:
4-6 months
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Accept chapbooks:

Important stuff

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 writers of color 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. Reading fees go directly towards supporting the winning title as well as paying the editorial team working on the book. All manuscripts will be read by members of our editorial board, and we will choose one manuscript for publication by Summer of 2023. 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, d/Disabled writers, 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 sundresscontest@gmail.com 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. Unfortunately, because of rising costs for shipping and limited promotional knowledge of foreign markets, this contest is only open to people currently living in the United States.




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