Futurepoem books is a New York City-based non-profit publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers. We offer two yearly opportunities for publication. Subscribe to our email list for more info about upcoming submission opportunities, or check back with this site.
THE OTHER FUTURES AWARD
MAY 15, 2020 - JULY 1, 2020
The Other Futures Award is given annually to an innovative, adventurous full-length work that challenges conventions of genre and language, content and form. We are interested in writing that imagines new literary possibilities, and questions established paradigms. The winner will receive publication with Futurepoem and an honorarium of $1000. The Other Futures Award opens each spring. This year, we are accepting submissions from May 15, 2020 to July 1, 2020. We will announce our decision September 2020.
FUTUREPOEM OPEN READING PERIOD
DECEMBER 1, 2019 - JANUARY 25, 2020
Our reading period opens for submissions each winter. We invite a rotating panel of distinguished guest editors to read and select two new books for publication. We are excited to announce this year's guest editors are Rosa Alcalá, Marie Buck, and Farnoosh Fathi. Submissions have closed for our 2020 reading period. We will announce our decision July 2020.
THE 2020 OTHER FUTURES AWARD
The Other Futures Award is given annually to an innovative, adventurous full-length work that challenges conventions of genre and language, content and form. Send us writing that imagines new literary possibilities, and questions established paradigms.
The winner will receive publication with Futurepoem, an honorarium of $1000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 author copies. We will announce our decision in September 2020. The winning book will be published in 2022.
- PROCESS: All submissions are read by at least two Futurepoem staff readers, who then recommend a limited group of manuscripts to the permanent editors. The winning manuscript is selected by Futurepoem's permanent editorial staff (Carly Dashiell, Dan Machlin, and Aiden Garabed Farrell). Our process is identity-hidden, so please be sure that the author's name does not appear anywhere in the manuscript.
- ELIGIBILITY: We welcome submissions by writers at any stage of their career. Manuscripts must be unpublished book-length works of prose, poetry, or multi-genre work. Previously published poems or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished. Writers who are not U.S. citizens are welcome to send work. Past or present students, colleagues, or close friends of Futurepoem editors are not eligible to submit.
- TRANSLATIONS: We do not publish translations of works originally written in languages other than English. However, previously unpublished texts that engage bilingual or multilingual practices are welcome.
- SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify Futurepoem as soon as possible if your book is accepted elsewhere.
- MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We accept multiple submissions from the same author. Each manuscript should be submitted separately including a separate entry fee.
- FORMAT: Suggested length is 50 to 150 pages, though manuscripts may be slightly shorter or longer. The Other Futures Award is an identity-hidden contest. Please include a title page with title only, and a table of contents. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript.
- REVISIONS: While we are not able to accept revisions during the reading period, the winner will be able to revise their manuscript before publication.
- HOW TO SUBMIT: Please submit online using our Submittable page (futurepoem.submittable.com/submit). We cannot accept hardcopy or emailed submissions. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with our catalogue before you submit.
- ENTRY FEE: $28. We know this is a precarious time for many; a fee waiver is available for anyone who may need it. If this fee represents a hardship for you, please email email@example.com with subject line: OFA Fee Waiver.
- DEADLINE: July 1, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. The submission period will begin on May 15, 2020.
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