Futurepoem books

There are presently no open calls for submissions.



Futurepoem welcomes unpublished book-length manuscripts of prose, poetry and multi-genre work during this open reading period.


Each year, Futurepoem invites a rotating panel of distinguished guest editors to read work submitted and work with our permanent editors to select books for publication. This year the guest editors will be: Tracie MorrisVincent Broqua and Anna Moschovakis. Please visit our submissions page http://www.futurepoem.com/submit.php for more information on our guest editors.


  • Our reading period is an open process. Our editors will have access to your cover letter and know your name when reading your work. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the work of our guest editors before submitting your work to us.

  • Manuscripts must be unpublished book-length manuscripts of prose, poetry and multi-genre work.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 We are open to unpublished work that incorporates other languages, "self-translated work" or work that incorporates other languages. 

  • We welcome unpublished book-length collaborative writing but we do not currently accept anthology submissions.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 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 $5 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 $5 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 the 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. 


  • We will accept manuscripts via our online submissions system from November 15th 2017 to December 31st 2017 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 volunteer editors. 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 2018. 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 2019.

  • Our goal is to notify all authors submitting by email by approximately the end of May 2018 of our decision.

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. Our open call and the cost of our publications is supported by donations from individuals and in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Futurepoem books