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 We do not publish translations, how-to or self-help books, reference texts, YA, children's literature, or poetry. Previously published or self-published books are not eligible. 


We accept submissions only during open reading periods. To stay current with our open reading periods and other news, sign up for our newsletter.

The 2022 open reading periods are June 15—July 27 and October 3—November 14.

We accept work only through our submission manager. The submission manager takes submissions only during the dates of open reading periods.


We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds and encourage submissions by women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ or nonbinary gender people, persons with disabilities, and all traditionally underrepresented groups. We are particularly interested in centering the voices and experiences of BIPOC authors.


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. Read more about our publishing program here.


We are pleased to waive the submission fee for BIPOC authors for this summer reading period, June 15—July 27.

To give all authors a fair chance and to reduce implicit bias, WTAW Press conducts double-blind reviews. Reviewers and authors are kept anonymous. Multiple reviewers, anonymous to each other, and unable to see other reviews, read each manuscript. Read more about our process below.*

General Guidelines


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 any submission fee forfeited.

While we are not strictly bound to conventions, we strongly prefer manuscripts with a word count in the 80,000 to 100,000 range. A manuscript in its entirety must be previously unpublished, however, it may contain previously published portions. Previously published material must be identified with the proper credits 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 In the case of collections containing previously published stories or essays, manuscripts should include a portion of unpublished work.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 authors must notify us immediately if their work is accepted elsewhere. Writers may submit more than one manuscript, but a separate reading fee must accompany each manuscript.

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 submission manager with 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, 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

  • How you see your book in terms of expanding our catalog

Any submission that doesn't follow the guidelines will be disqualified and the submission fee forfeited. Be sure to review the guidelines found on our submission manager. 


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. Every book accepted for publication receives careful, thorough, and sensitive editing, and necessitates the author's collaboration and commitment to the process.

* More about our reading and reviewing process

WTAW Press relies on a corps of dedicated preliminary readers. These first readers are published writers, experienced editors, and/or writers who have earned a graduate degree in creative writing or literature. Every manuscript is read by at least three readers. We rotate readers each open reading period so that those writers who wish to re-submit a manuscript can be assured it will receive fresh “reads.” Our director selects manuscripts for publication. We are always on the lookout for new readers and especially encourage BIPOC and those underrepresented in publishing to join us. Learn more here.


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

Thank you for considering WTAW Press.