Futurepoem welcomes unpublished book-length manuscripts of prose, poetry, and multi-genre work during this open reading period.


Each year during our open reading period, Futurepoem invites a rotating panel of distinguished guest editors to read and select two new books for publication. We're thrilled to share that this year, our guest editors are Anne Boyer, Alissa Quart, and Wendy S. Walters.

ANNE BOYER is a U.S. poet and essayist, and the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and a 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction/poetry. Boyer’s newest book, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, is now available from Small Press Distribution or directly from the publisher, UDP. Boyer’s other books include The Romance of Happy Workers (Coffee House), My Common Heart (Spooky Girlfriend), and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women (U.S., Ahsahta; U.K, Mute) which Maureen McLane described in The New York Times as “a sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself.” Boyer is now in the final stages of a work about cancer, care, and having a body inside of history, called The Undying, forthcoming from FSG in August 2019. Some of her essays about the politics of care in the age of precarity have appeared in Guernica, The New Inquiry, Fullstop, and more. Boyer was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1973, grew up in Salina, Kansas, and was educated in the public schools and libraries of Kansas. Since 2011, Boyer has been a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college of art and design, where she teaches writing, literature, and theory in the School of the Liberal Arts. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

ALISSA QUART is a poet, non-fiction writer and the executive editor/director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a non-profit devoted to reporting on inequality, that was founded by Barbara Ehrenreich. Her first poetry book is entitled Monetized (Miami University Press) and her poems have appeared in Granta, the London Review of Books, The Nation, NPR, Fence, The Offing, Poetry Society of America, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Awl, among other publications. As a journalist, she writes The Guardian's “Outclassed” column: her non-fiction books include the acclaimed Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America (Ecco/HarperCollins), Republic of Outsiders (The New Press), Hothouse Kids (Penguin Press) and Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (Basic Books). Her articles have appeared regularly in many publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Marie Claire and many others. In 2018, she received Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni of the Year award as well as an Emmy award in the Documentary, Social Issue category for the documentary “Jackson." She has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and was a SUNY New Paltz Ottaway Professor. She currently teaches journalism at Brown University.

WENDY S. WALTERS is the author of two books of poems, Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem) and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me. She has also written a book of prose, Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal (Sarabande Books), named a best book of the year by Buzzfeed, Flavorwire, Literary Hub, The Root, and Huffington Post. Walters has been awarded fellowships from Mass MoCA, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, The Smithsonian Institution, and Bread Loaf. Her lyrical work with composer Derek Bermel has been performed widely, including at Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst in Denmark, The Institute for Advanced Study, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. In 2018-19 she will be an artist in residence at BRIClab in Brooklyn, where she will work on developing the book for their opera, Golden Motors. Walters is a founding director of the public humanities inquiry Essay in Public, a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review, and serves on the board of the international writers’ conference NonfictioNOW, most recently held in Reykjavík and Phoenix. In 2020 it will convene in Wellington, New Zealand. Her work appears in The Normal School, Fourth Genre, Flavorwire, and Harper’s among many others. She is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Writing and Design in the school of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, The New School.


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. 

Ends on January 31, 2019$6.00



  • 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. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the work of our guest editors before submitting your work to us. 
  • 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 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 December 3rd 2018 to January 31st 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 June 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.
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