Ends on September 1, 2017

$25.00 USD


Willow Books, the literary division of Aquarius Press, will be reading unsolicited manuscripts through September 1, 2017. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. Our mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers of color. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/nonfiction should be no longer than 180 pages. Scholarly titles covering literature, arts and the Humanities are also accepted, but they should be in proper format (MLA, APA, etc.).

The 2015-2016 Open Reading Period/Editor's Choice selection was Quenton Baker for This Glittering Republic. The 2016-2017 selection was Lucinda Roy for FABRIC.

This reading period is neither a contest nor is it exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers who have not previously been published by our press. Genre/subject is open, but no “street lit” or erotica, please.

Submission Process:

If you wish to have us consider your manuscript, please upload a pdf to Submittable.com or visit this link: http://aquariuspress.submittable.com/submit

There is a reading fee of $25, payable via Submittable.

In order to be eligible for the reading period, submissions must be uploaded by September 1, 2017. Reading fees are nonrefundable and Aquarius Press/Willow Books in no way guarantees that a submitted manuscript will be accepted. The editors’ decisions are final.

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