Monthly Archives: September 2014

2014 Open Reading Period

Apostrophe Books is pleased to announce our upcoming open reading period. We will be accepting poetry manuscripts from September 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014.

While we define ourselves as a press that publishes innovative poetry, our prior titles represent a broad spectrum of approaches to contemporary poetry. To get a sense of the kind of work we are interested in as editors, just read our books by Catherine Meng, Johannes Göransson, Paul Foster Johnson, Jessica Baran, Gina Abelkop, Tony Trigilio, and soon, Joe Milazzo. We invite those who are unfamiliar with our press to purchase copies of our titles before submitting to us.

We are also very open to considering translations!

We view Apostrophe Books as a series, so our book covers are designed to reflect a community of authors with shared values. We are distributed by SPD Books.

It can take anywhere from three to nine months for us to respond to submissions. For more information about our press, visit our website If you are interested in submitting, please follow the guidelines below:

Word doc files or rtf files are preferred. If you must send a PDF to maintain formatting, please contact for special instructions. Length is not really a consideration, but keep in mind that the typical full-length poetry manuscript is between 50-100 pages. We can accept manuscripts of any length, however.

Please include name, address, phone number, and email address on the title page or the cover letter.

Please feel free to provide a cover letter that describes the book. Sometimes, this helps us to think about the book in a way that may not have been coming across to us otherwise.

You may wish to include in that letter a list of previous publications or links to blogs or online projects, but it is not required.

When submitting your manuscript, we request a reading fee of $15.00. This fee, in total transparency, provides some of the funds used to pay for costs of print runs. We pay out for the press out of our pocket and have never made a profit. Neither of the editors personally profits from this fee. A portion of this fee is collected by Submittable.

If you can’t pay this reading fee, contact with a note letting us know. We will offer an alternative method for submitting your manuscript. If you are able to pay this fee, you can submit your manuscript here: