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Summer 2022 Open Reading Period for BIPOC Authors

June 15—July 27

This call for manuscripts is reserved for authors who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), for whom reading fees are waived. 


Guidelines

WTAW Press publishes full-length books of prose (novels, memoirs, creative nonfiction, collections of stories and essays, hybrids etc.)  We do not publish translations, how-to or self-help books, reference texts, YA, children’s literature, or poetry. 

We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds and encourage submissions by women, minorities, BIPOC, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, and all traditionally underrepresented groups.

All authors may submit manuscripts during our summer open reading period with the usual $28 reading fee here. 

This is the place reserved for BIPOC authors to submit manuscripts without the reading fee. Please note: we are not accepting manuscripts here from any author who doesn’t identify as BIPOC, regardless of a manuscript’s topic matter, characters, themes, etc. Any submission that doesn’t follow this basic guideline will be disqualified from the summer 2022 open reading period.

We will accept work only through this submission manager. The submission manager will accept submissions only during the dates of an open reading period. 

WTAW Press conducts double-blind reviews. Manuscripts must be submitted without any identifying information on the file, including in the file’s name. For example, a file named “The Bluest Eye-Morrison” would be disqualified. Manuscripts containing identifying information in any way will be automatically disqualified.

Previously published and self-published books are not eligible.

Although a manuscript in its entirety must be previously unpublished, a manuscript may contain previously published portions. Previously published material must be identified in the accompanying cover letter. In the case of collections containing previously published stories or essays, manuscripts should include a portion of unpublished work.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Writers are limited to submitting one manuscript during the reading period. 

While we are not strictly bound to conventions, we strongly prefer manuscripts with word counts in the 80,000 to 100,000 range.

Submit your manuscript as a .doc or. docx file in standard manuscript format (12-point standard font, double spaced, at least 1 inch margins) with numbered pages. 

Include a cover letter in the field that requires it, containing all of the following information:

  • Your contact information (address, phone, email)
  • The work’s title, genre, and total word count
  • List of credits for any previously published portions
  • A brief synopsis of the work
  • How you see your book in terms of expanding our catalog
  • A brief biography, including your website address and social media handles
  • Indication if the manuscript is submitted simultaneously and pledge to withdraw it if accepted elsewhere
  • Where you heard about the call for submissions

Any submission that doesn’t follow the guidelines will be disqualified.

Please do not withdraw a manuscript and resubmit it. Each manuscript we publish is carefully edited, so you will have the opportunity to make changes during that process.

WTAW Press responds to every manuscript it receives. It can take time, so please be patient.

Please note: editors do not offer editorial comments on submissions. WTAW Press develops an editorial relationship with an author once they have signed a contract. Each book accepted for publication receives careful, thorough, and sensitive editing, and requires the author’s collaboration and commitment to the process.

WTAW Press is committed to publishing the best work we can find, and we look forward to reading yours.

Thank you for considering WTAW Press.

Summer 2022 Open Reading Period, June 15—July 27


Guidelines

WTAW Press publishes full-length books of prose (novels, memoirs, creative nonfiction, collections of stories and essays, hybrids etc.) We do not publish translations, how-to or self-help books, reference texts, YA, children’s literature, or poetry.

We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds and encourage submissions by women, minorities, BIPOC, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, and all traditionally underrepresented groups.

We will accept work only through this submission manager. The submission manager will accept submissions only during the dates of an open reading period. There is a $28 fee. WTAW Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Fees directly subsidize WTAW Press’s commitment to supporting and championing authors, producing quality literary works, and doing all we can to bring our books to the attention of the readers.

WTAW Press conducts double-blind reviews. Manuscripts must be submitted without any identifying information on the file, including in the file’s name. For example, a file named “The Bluest Eye-Morrison” would be disqualified. Manuscripts containing identifying information in any way will be automatically disqualified and the reading fee forfeited.

Although a manuscript in its entirety must be previously unpublished, a manuscript may contain previously published portions. Previously published material must be identified in the accompanying cover letter. In the case of collections containing previously published stories or essays, manuscripts should include a portion of unpublished work.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Writers may submit more than one manuscript during the reading period, along with the reading fee.

Previously published and self-published books are not eligible.

While we are not strictly bound to conventions, we strongly prefer manuscripts with word counts in the 80,000 to 100,000 range.

Submit your manuscript as a .doc or. docx file in standard manuscript format (12-point standard font, double spaced, at least 1 inch margins) with numbered pages.

Include a cover letter in the field that requires it, containing all of the following information:

  • Your contact information (address, phone, email)
  • The work’s title, genre, and total word count
  • List of credits for any previously published portions
  • A brief synopsis of the work
  • How you see your book in terms of expanding our catalog
  • A brief biography, including your website address and social media handles
  • Indication if the manuscript is submitted simultaneously and pledge to withdraw it if accepted elsewhere
  • Where you heard about the call for submissions

Any submission that doesn’t follow the guidelines will be disqualified and the fee will be forfeited.

Please do not withdraw a manuscript and resubmit it. Each manuscript we publish is carefully edited, so you will have the opportunity to make changes during that process.

We respond to each submission we receive. Please remain patient as we read and deliberate. 

Please note: editors do not offer editorial comments on submissions. WTAW Press develops an editorial relationship with an author once they have signed a contract. Each book accepted for publication receives careful, thorough, and sensitive editing, and requires the author’s collaboration and commitment to the process.

WTAW Press is committed to publishing the best work we can find, and we look forward to reading yours.

Thank you for considering WTAW Press.

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