Futurepoem Books Open Reading Period

The 2018/19 Futurepoem Open Reading Period will be held from December 3, 2018 to January 10, 2018. 


Futurepoem welcomes unpublished book-length manuscripts of prose, poetry, and multi-genre work during this open reading period.  


Guest Editors

Each year, Futurepoem invites a rotating panel of distinguished guest editors to read work submitted and, in collaboration with our permanent editors, select two books for publication. This year's guest editors will be announced shortly! 


Submission Guidelines

Our reading period is an open process. Our group of staff readers and guest editors will have access to your cover letter and know your name when reading your work. 

All submissions are read by at least two Futurepoem staff readers who then recommend a limited group of manuscripts to the guest editors. The guest editors also have input into the group of final manuscripts that are considered. 

Manuscripts must be unpublished book-length works of prose, poetry, or multi-genre work.

We welcome international submissions originally written in English. However, we cannot currently accept work translated into English from other languages. We are open to unpublished work that incorporates other languages, or self-translated work.

We welcome unpublished book-length collaborative writing but we do not currently accept anthology submissions.

Work previously published in chapbook form is fine, as long as the manuscript in its entirety has not been published in its current form. 

And though we are open to books with visuals, books that are heavily image-based may be better served by a different publisher.

You may submit work previously submitted to Futurepoem, as our guest editors shift every year.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we do ask that you notify us or withdraw your manuscript via our online submissions system if your book is accepted elsewhere.

There is a $6 administrative/processing fee for each submission.* 

Submission length: 50-200 pages.   

* In order to cover the rising administrative costs associated with our submissions process and online submissions system, we have started to charge a modest administrative/processing fee of $6 per submission. As an organization who has maintained free submissions for over 15 years, we are reluctant to do this. However, our goal is to keep this fee as low as possible to continue to maintain our open submissions period as an accessible opportunity for writers. If this fee represents a hardship to you, please contact us and let us know and we may be able to make an exception on a case by case basis.    


How to Submit and Deadline

We will accept manuscripts via our online submissions system from December 3rd 2018 to January 10th 2019 at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. We are only able to accept online submissions—so please do not send hard copy submissions via regular mail. 

Multiple Submissions. We prefer that you only send us one manuscript in fairness to our guest editors and staff readers. However, if you do submit multiple times you must pay a separate admin/processing fee for each submission. 

We will try to announce selections for the upcoming publication season by end of May 2019. But sometimes it may be slightly later than that date. 

We may request additional hard copies of your manuscript for further consideration, so please include your email, phone number and address so that we can contact you.



We will select two books for publication as part of the Futurepoem book series. The intended publication year for these books is 2021.

Our goal is to notify all authors submitting by email by approximately the end of June 2019 of our decision.