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 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 lived or 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 for submissions; our submission period for 2020 has ended. We will announce our decision September 2020. The winning book will be published in 2022.


Our reading period opens for submissions each winter. Each year, we invite a rotating panel of distinguished guest editors to read and select two new books for publication. The guest editors for the 2021 reading period will be announced shortly. The books selected will be published in 2023. Futurepoem welcomes unpublished, full-length manuscripts of poetry, prose, and multi-genre work that challenges and expands on the potential for poetic form, language, and process. Work by underrepresented and emerging writers is especially welcome. 



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 will announce our guest editors for this year shortly. 

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Manuscripts must be unpublished book-length works of prose, poetry, or multi-genre work.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 We are open to unpublished work that incorporates other languages, or self-translated work.

We welcome unpublished book-length collaborative writing but we do not currently accept anthology submissions.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 that 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, we've provided the option to submit for $3. Additionally, there is an option to submit and sponsor someone else's submission for $9.


We will accept manuscripts via our online submissions system from December 15th 2020 to January 15th 2021 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. 

We will try to announce selections for the upcoming publication season by end of June 2021. 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 2023.

Our goal is to notify all authors submitting by approximately the end of June 2021 of our decision.

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