Welcome to SFWP's Submittable page. Below, you will find options to:

  • Submit to the SFWP Quarterly, our online journal. Find the current issue right here.
  • Our imprint, 2040 Books, is currently running a contest:

The James Alan McPherson Award

Seeking fiction and nonfiction of any genre
Open only to writers of color

The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize and a competitive publishing contract for global release (lats year's winner, Bonnie Chau, just received this starred review in Kirkus Reviews and has already sold out her first print run!)

More details on guidelines are right here.


  • Publishing submissions for SFWP, ASP, and 2040 Books are closed. SFWP will open to submissions sometime in September. Stay tuned to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more details. 





This year's judge is Gish Jen, author of: Who’s Irish; The Girl At The Baggage Claim; Typical American; Mona in The Promised Land; World and Town; Tiger  Writing; Love Wife.


We are looking for fiction and creative nonfiction of any length, genre, and subject matter. This contest is open only to authors from an ethnic minority background. For more details about the 2040 Books mission, please visit this page.


  • The grand prize is $1,000
  • Authors retain all rights to their work
  • Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There’s no obligation to sign this contract.
  • There is a $25 reading fee

Please visit our page for Guidelines, FAQs, and more!

This is the form for all fiction submissions to The SFWP Quarterly

When you submit your work for consideration, you should:

  • Let us know if the piece has been published elsewhere, including online (previously published work is OK — just let us know, please).
  • Include a short author biography (50-75 words), including publishing credits.

Ideally, your entry will be around 2500 - 3000 words in length. We like to keep it short for the internet audience, but we have published longer work in the past.

Multiple entries are accepted. All genres are considered. Rolling deadlines.


This is the form for all creative nonfiction submissions to The SFWP Quarterly

Ideally, your entry will be around 3000 words in length. We like to keep it short for the internet audience, but we have published longer work in the past.

Multiple entries are accepted. All genres are considered. We like personal essays, memoir, academic essays with emotional resonance, and other forms of creative nonfiction. Rolling deadlines.

When you submit your work for consideration, you should:

  • Let us know if the piece has been published elsewhere, including online (previously published work is OK — just let us know, please).
  • Include a short author biography (50-75 words), including publishing credits.

This is the form for all book review submissions to The SFWP Quarterly

We're most interested in books published by independent and/or small presses that have been published within the last five years. Reviews of books by writers with intersecting marginalized identities (writers of color, writers of the LGBTQ++ community, writers with disabilities, writers who are undocumented or Indigenous, veterans, etc.) are especially considered. Reviews of books from all genres (poetry, speculative literature, science fiction, experimental literature, memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction, etc.) are also accepted. 

Multiple entries are accepted. We're looking for a word count of 600 - 1,000 words. Rolling deadlines.

When you submit your work for consideration, you should:

  • Let us know if the piece has been published elsewhere, including online (previously published work is OK — just let us know, please).
  • Include a short author biography (50-75 words), including publishing credits.
  • If the book review is unsolicited, then please include details on the book - publisher, synopsis, and any relevant links to the author's blog/website or the publisher, if applicable. 

We are always looking for great work from new authors, and from veteran authors who have gone out of print. Guidelines for new manuscripts and authors seeking to reprint their work are listed below. 


SFWP's titles are eclectic. We're open to just about any genre or style, and we don't believe in sticking with a catalog or pursuing the current literary fads. SFWP's mission is to recognize excellence in writing. Before you submit, though, you should review our current titles to see if we're a good fit for your work. 


We ask that your submission include a cover letter and a brief synopsis. In your cover letter, we want to know what you bring to the table. How can you help us market your book? Why should we consider your work for publication? Some of the questions in the application form below are also intended to give us a better picture of you and your work - and they can be tough! These are questions that you'll have to answer eventually if we do publish your work. Generally, we're looking for authors who are engaged and have the ability to sell their work. Think of it like speed dating: Describe your manuscript in 200 words. Think of it this way: If you have just a minute or so at a book convention to explain what your book is about, what would you say? What's on the back cover that catches a potential customer's attention?


We also ask for three comparable titles. These titles must be from an indie or university press and priced roughly between $12-20. They must also have a pub date from within the last five years. We cannot submit your book to the distributor without these comp titles. They are used to market your book to reps and vendors across the world. Finding comp titles can be difficult, but they're out there. Many authors refuse to answer this question, or claim that their book is unique. But every book has comp titles.  Shakespeare had comp titles. Being able to find three similar books is also a good exercise in learning how to discover your audience and market yourself.  


As we are a small press, our options are very limited. We publish 3-4 books per year, and have to be highly selective. There are only a few staff members, and we tend to be very busy with ongoing projects. It may sometimes take us 4-6 months to review your entry depending on the current workload and, if we decide not to accept your work, we may not be able to provide much feedback, if any. 


We are currently looking for manuscripts to publish in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. 


Guidelines


New Manuscripts


  • Your manuscript should be complete -- a workable first draft that's ready to begin the editorial process. Or you should be confident that, if we want to see more, you can really wow us with what you have. 
  • We don't care about formatting. Just make sure it's readable and well organized.
  • We are not accepting YA or poetry.
  • We don't care about length, subject matter, or genre.
  • It doesn't have to be about New Mexico. We publish a wide range of books that are distributed worldwide.If you ask us this question, it means you haven't researched who we are and what we do. So you should probably do that: http://sfwp.com/the-project/about/. (We get asked this question a lot. Sorry.)


Out of print work


There are many factors that go into reprinting a book. Some guidelines are below, but it's probably wisest to shoot us an email to discuss the situation further. 

  • Typically, we will only consider work that has been out of print for more than 10 years.
  • If you have self-published the work through Amazon or elsewhere, in print or electronic format, we probably won't be able to consider picking it up. Even if you remove the Amazon listing, anything that we release will still be considered a "reprint." Reprints and new editions rarely get reviewed by the trade journals and are often dismissed by the sales reps. This, of course, dramatically reduces the earning potential of a book. 



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