Buy a Book, Nominate an Author for Open Reading Period

Sundress Publications is open for nominations for full-length manuscripts until August 31, 2019!

To nominate a poet or manuscript, the nominator may purchase or pre-order any Sundress title or broadside from our store; they may nominate as many manuscripts as they would like, so long as each is accompanied by a separate purchase or pre-order. Please note that you may not self-nominate. Nominators can place book orders at our store at

Nominated manuscripts must be between forty-eight to eighty (48-80) single-spaced pages of poetry; front matter may not count toward the total page count. Individual pieces or selections 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. Single-author and collaborative author manuscripts will be considered. 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.

All manuscripts will be read by members of our editorial board, and we will choose at least two manuscripts for publication. We strive to further our commitment to diversity and seek to encounter as many unique and important voices as possible. We are actively seeking collections from writers of color, trans and gender-nonconforming writers, writers with disabilities, and others whose voices are underrepresented 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. 

This year our top selection from the reading period also will receive a free one-week writing residency at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, TN. 

To nominate, email your Sundress store receipt or purchase order number for book purchase, along with the name and email address of the person nominated to We will solicit the manuscript directly.

A 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is an entirely volunteer-run press that publishes chapbooks and full-length collections in both print and digital formats, and hosts numerous literary journals, an online reading series, and the Best of the Net Anthology. 


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