WTAW Press accepts submissions only during its open reading periods. To stay current with our open reading periods and other news, sign up for our newsletter .

The 2021 open reading period is June 15 through September 15, 2021.


General Guidelines


WTAW Press publishes full-length books of prose (novels, memoirs, creative nonfiction, collections of stories and essays, hybrids etc.) We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of.


We do not publish translations, how-to or self-help books, reference texts, YA, or children's literature.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

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


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

Submissions are read anonymously. Check and double-check that you have not included your name anywhere on your submission file, including in the file's name. (For example, a file named "To the Lighthouse-Woolf" or any similar variation of, would be disqualified.) Manuscripts containing identifying information will be automatically disqualified and the submission fee forfeited.

Although the manuscript in its entirety must be previously unpublished, individual portions that have appeared in other venues should be credited as such. In the case of collections containing previously published stories or essays, we prefer manuscripts that include a portion of unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are invited, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Writers may submit more than one manuscript, but a separate reading fee must accompany each manuscript.

Submit your full book-length manuscript as a Microsoft Word .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 on the submission manager in the field where it's requested with the following information:

  • Your contact information (address, phone, email)

  • The work’s title and total word count

  • List of credits for any previously published portions

  •  Indication if the manuscript is submitted simultaneously

  •  A brief biography

  • Where you heard about the call for submissions

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


Please note: editors do not offer editorial comments on submissions. We develop an editorial relationship with an author once they have signed a contract. All books receive careful, thorough, and sensitive edits.

A note on our reading process:

WTAW Press relies on a corp 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. All manuscripts are read by at least three readers. We rotate readers each open submission period so that those writers who wish to re-submit to WTAW Press can be assured that their manuscripts will receive fresh “reads.” The director selects manuscripts for publication.


We are committed to publishing the best work we can find and look forward to reading your manuscripts.

Thank you for considering WTAW Press.