WTAW Press is pleased to announce our first Alcove Chapbook Series Open. We want to provide a platform to support the efforts of more writers, and to welcome new writers and readers into the WTAW Press community. Publishing the WTAW Alcove Chapbooks will help us do that.
From October 3—November 14, 2022, we will accept submissions of unpublished chapbooks of prose. The competition is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $250 honorarium, and 25 copies of their book. All submissions will be considered for publication and finalists selected for publication will receive 10 copies of their books. *There is a nonrefundable $15 fee.
WTAW Alcove Chapbooks will be treated like our full-length titles in terms of editorial care, aesthetics and production, and promotion. Each chapbook will receive an ISBN and will be distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution, as well as through our WTAW book shop and Amazon.
About the chapbook
The chapbook is an old (c. 1500-1800) and intimate form of literary art that typically contains around 18-50 pages (more or less). The material in a chapbook is usually digestible in one sitting.
What we’re seeking to publish
We’re drawn to relevant and intimate writing and to material that explores issues of contemporary significance. Manuscripts may be on any theme or subject. We don’t publish material we deem abusive or offensive.
Manuscripts will ideally be between 20 and 48 pages, but slightly shorter or longer is fine. Collections of texts, excerpts from longer works that stand alone, and single longform works too long for journal publication but too short for full-length book publication are all welcome.
Hybrid texts, lyric essays, collections of flash, mini novellas, long stories, braided essays, innovative approaches to memoir, biography, and journalism, experimental fiction and creative nonfiction: all are welcome.
We’re interested in works that extend the possibilities of or challenge the conventions of prose and welcome submissions that innovate and take risks.
Chapbooks must have a cohesion of some sort. In the case of collected texts, there must be an intentionality to the placement of the material together as a single body of work (art).
We strongly encourage writers of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized communities and first-time authors to send us their work.
*We are pleased to be able to waive the fee for BIPOC authors from October 3—October 31.
We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds and especially encourage submissions from women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ or nonbinary gender people, persons with disabilities, and all traditionally underrepresented groups. We welcome submissions from new, emerging, and established voices.
We accept submissions only through our submission manager. There is a $15 nonrefundable fee.
The author’s name and contact information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, including in the title or name of the file. Manuscripts with biographical information will be automatically disqualified and the fee forfeited.
Manuscripts must be double-spaced with at least one-inch margins, using Times New Roman (or similar) 12-point font, and paginated. They must be submitted as a .doc or .docx file.
Ideally, manuscripts will be between 22 and 48 (double-spaced) pages, but slightly shorter or longer is okay. Each new piece should begin on a different page.
Include a title page with the word count on it and a table of contents, if applicable. (These pages of front matter are not included in the total page count.)
While individual portions of the chapbook may have been published elsewhere, the majority of the chapbook as a whole must be previously unpublished. Chapbooks with new, unpublished work are preferred.
Any previous published material contained in the manuscript must be credited in your cover letter (see more about the letter below). Don't include acknowledgements of any previously published material in the manuscript file. Manuscripts containing acknowledgments will be automatically disqualified.
Material must be of your own composition and free from copyright restrictions.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but the writer must agree to notify us immediately if the chapbook is accepted elsewhere and to withdraw it from our submission manager.
Multiple submissions are accepted, with each accompanied by a separate entry fee. Note: each submission must be unique.
Submissions cannot be edited once they are submitted. Manuscripts selected for publication will go through an editing process with the editors.
Enter the cover letter into the appropriate field on the submission manager. Don't include your cover letter in the submission file itself. Submission files that contain a cover letter will be automatically disqualified.
Your cover letter must include the following information
Your contact information (address, phone, email)
The work’s title, genre, and word count
List of credits for any previously published portions
A brief synopsis of the work
A brief biography with publishing history, if applicable; include 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 open call for submissions
Any submission that doesn't follow the guidelines will be disqualified and the submission fee forfeited. Make sure to review the specific guidelines found on our submission manager.
WTAW Press is committed to publishing the best work we can find, and we look forward to reading your manuscripts. Should we not receive manuscripts that fit our criteria for publication, we reserve the right not to publish manuscripts received during the open competition period.
All submissions will receive a response through our submission manager to the email entered on the submission form. We expect to announce results in early January 2023.
Thank you for considering WTAW Press.