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.
  • The general Literary Awards Program has concluded. Stay tuned to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more details. 
  • Publishing submissions for SFWP, ASP, and 2040 Books are closed. 







On June 15, 2020, SFWP released a statement of change. Not a solidarity statement, but a commitment to do its part to diversify its catalog and online journal. We can't keep saying Black Lives Matter and only publish white people.


"Lazy and racist are the same thing if we keep pretending that the best way to support marginalized communities is to put out solidarity statements and pretend race doesn’t play a factor in publishing."


Keeping with this promise, the SFWP Quarterly Issue 24, released February 1, 2021, will only feature writers of color. In fact, every issue of 2021 will feature writers of intersecting marginalized identities.


We invite writers who identify as non-white to submit their poetry, prose, and hybrid works for this issue. We usually don't publish poetry, but we also usually don't publish more than 10 pieces per issue, and usual is what landed us here in the first place, right?


Submission window: October 24, 2020 - December 31, 2020 

(If you miss the deadline for this, just submit to one of the other issues! We're looking for BIPOC writers for the entire year!)


THEME: Pleasure

What do we mean by pleasure? Think about Audre Lorde's definition of the uses of the Erotic. Or things that feel good to you (waking up late, yoga, canceling plans, etc.). Or sex, if that feels good to you. Or guilty pleasures (that you don't feel that guilty about). Or joy. Or happiness. Or that painful catharsis that comes from deep despair being felt honestly, fully, and without judgement -- that's pleasure, too. 


What are we looking for:

  • Poetry -- no more than 3 poems, any length, form, style, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your poems follow these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Prose -- no more than 5,000 words, any form, style, genre. We love science fiction, fantasy, literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, literary fiction, fractured fairy tales, retellings, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your prose follows these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Hybrid -- no more than 3,000 words, any form, style, genre, written (mostly) in English. No translations at this time. We love comics (graphic essays/short stories, poem comics, works that use illustration, etc.), choreopoems, and even ten-minute plays. If you're unsure if your submission follows these guidelines, submit anyway.

Collaborations welcome! (As long as all collaborators identify as non-white.)


Help us shift the landscape of the literary industry by bringing writers of color to the forefront, and not because it's fashionable or the woke thing to do -- but because it's the just thing to do, the right thing to do, and honestly, the thing we want to do more than anything else.


Please send all questions regarding this issue to managing editor, Monica Prince at monicaprince@sfwp.com, who, by the way, is a Black cis woman. Any harassing, racist, or violent messages will be deleted (or kept for potential investigation).

On June 15, 2020, SFWP released a statement of change. Not a solidarity statement, but a commitment to do its part to diversify its catalog and online journal. We can't keep saying Black Lives Matter and only publish white people.


"Lazy and racist are the same thing if we keep pretending that the best way to support marginalized communities is to put out solidarity statements and pretend race doesn’t play a factor in publishing."


Keeping with this promise, the SFWP Quarterly Issue 25, released May 1, 2021, will only feature LGBTQ++ writers, especially queer and trans people of color (QTPOC). In fact, every issue of 2021 will feature writers of intersecting marginalized identities.


We invite writers who identify within the LGBTQ++ umbrella to submit their poetry, prose, and hybrid works for this issue. We especially encourage writers within the QTPOC umbrella. We usually don't publish poetry, but we also usually don't publish more than 10 pieces per issue, and usual is what landed us here in the first place, right? (At SFWP, we believe that all queer identities are valid, including but not limited to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual, pansexual, demisexual, aromatic, polyamorous, Two Spirit, and others.)


Submission window: October 24, 2020 - March 31, 2021
(If you miss the deadline for this, just submit to one of the other issues! We're looking for BIPOC writers for the entire year!)

THEME: Unmaking/Remaking

What do we mean by unmaking/remaking? Think about building a self or a shelf. Constructing an identity or a life with another (or more than one other). Tearing down a structure or a friendship. Healing a broken heart or a broken system. Dismantling white supremacy or IKEA furniture for a move. Making cookies from scratch or making love at midnight. We believe in your imaginations.



What are we looking for:
 

  • Poetry -- no more than 3 poems, any length, form, style, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your poems follow these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Prose -- no more than 5,000 words, any form, style, genre. We love science fiction, fantasy, literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, literary fiction, fractured fairy tales, retellings, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your prose follows these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Hybrid -- no more than 3,000 words, any form, style, genre, written (mostly) in English. No translations at this time. We love comics (graphic essays/short stories, poem comics, works that use illustration, etc.), choreopoems, and even ten-minute plays. If you're unsure if your submission follows these guidelines, submit anyway.

Collaborations welcome! (As long as all collaborators identify within the LGBTQ++ umbrella.)


Help us shift the landscape of the literary industry by bringing LBGTQ++ writers to the forefront, and not because it's fashionable or the woke thing to do -- but because it's the just thing to do, the right thing to do, and honestly, the thing we want to do more than anything else.


Please send all questions regarding this issue to managing editor, Monica Prince at monicaprince@sfwp.com, who, by the way, is a polyamorous Black cis woman. Any harassing, racist, or violent messages will be deleted (or kept for potential investigation).

On June 15, 2020, SFWP released a statement of change. Not a solidarity statement, but a commitment to do its part to diversify its catalog and online journal. We can't keep saying Black Lives Matter and only publish white people.


"Lazy and racist are the same thing if we keep pretending that the best way to support marginalized communities is to put out solidarity statements and pretend race doesn’t play a factor in publishing."


Keeping with this promise, the SFWP Quarterly Issue 26, released July 1, 2021, will only feature writers with disabilities, perceived or hidden, especially writers who also identify as writers of color, as part of the LGBTQ++ community, or both! In fact, every issue of 2021 will feature writers of intersecting marginalized identities.


We invite writers with disabilities, perceived or hidden, to submit their poetry, prose, and hybrid works for this issue. We especially encourage writers with disabilities who also identify as writers of color and/or as part of the LGBTQ++ community. We usually don't publish poetry, but we also usually don't publish more than 10 pieces per issue, and usual is what landed us here in the first place, right? (At SFWP, we believe that a disability doesn't have to be obvious or documented to exist. Whether you receive academic accommodations or government assistance for your disability, or simply live life differently due to its presence in your life, your experience is valid and it matters.)

 
Submission window: October 24, 2020 - May 31, 2021
(If you miss the deadline for this, just submit to one of the other issues! We're looking for diverse writers for the entire year!)

 
THEME: Ownership

What do we mean by ownership? Think about buying a home or advocating for yourself. Quitting an unpaid internship or freeing enslaved people. Starting a nonprofit or finishing a project. Go as big as owning a nation to as precise as owning a pet. We believe in your imaginations.


What are we looking for:
 

  • Poetry -- no more than 3 poems, any length, form, style, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your poems follow these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Prose -- no more than 5,000 words, any form, style, genre. We love science fiction, fantasy, literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, literary fiction, fractured fairy tales, retellings, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your prose follows these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Hybrid -- no more than 3,000 words, any form, style, genre, written (mostly) in English. No translations at this time. We love comics (graphic essays/short stories, poem comics, works that use illustration, etc.), choreopoems, and even ten-minute plays. If you're unsure if your submission follows these guidelines, submit anyway.

Collaborations welcome! (As long as all collaborators identify as living with a disability.)


Help us shift the landscape of the literary industry by bringing writers with disabilities to the forefront, and not because it's fashionable or the woke thing to do -- but because it's the just thing to do, the right thing to do, and honestly, the thing we want to do more than anything else.


Please send all questions regarding this issue to managing editor, Monica Prince at monicaprince@sfwp.com, who, by the way, is a Black cis woman whose beloveds live with disabilities. Any harassing, racist, or violent messages will be deleted (or kept for potential investigation).

On June 15, 2020, SFWP released a statement of change. Not a solidarity statement, but a commitment to do its part to diversify its catalog and online journal. We can't keep saying Black Lives Matter and only publish white people.


"Lazy and racist are the same thing if we keep pretending that the best way to support marginalized communities is to put out solidarity statements and pretend race doesn’t play a factor in publishing."


Keeping with this promise, the SFWP Quarterly Issue 27, released October 1, 2021, will only feature marginalized writers who have never been published before, especially unpublished writers living with disabilities, perceived or hidden, writers of color, writers part of the LGBTQ++ community, or all three! In fact, every issue of 2021 will feature writers of intersecting marginalized identities.


We invite marginalized unpublished writers to submit their poetry, prose, and hybrid works for this issue. We especially encourage unpublished writers living with disabilities, those who also identify as writers of color, and/or as part of the LGBTQ++ community. We usually don't publish poetry, but we also usually don't publish more than 10 pieces per issue, and usual is what landed us here in the first place, right? (At SFWP, we love being the first step in a writer's career!)

 
Submission window: October 24, 2020 - August 1, 2021


 
THEME: The Body

What do we mean by the body? Consider your body, the body of your lover, your pet's body, bodies of water, phantom bodies, the body electric, the act of bodying, body brokering (that's one of our publications!), a body in movement, a body in stasis, leaving one's body, body to body, breaking into the body through surgery, assault, or sex, remaking a body through diet, exercise, illness, or medical intervention, bodies under experimentation, bodies without autonomy, bodies sold, bodies glorified, bodies loved. We believe in you.


What are we looking for:

 

  • Poetry -- no more than 3 poems, any length, form, style, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your poems follow these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Prose -- no more than 5,000 words, any form, style, genre. We love science fiction, fantasy, literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, literary fiction, fractured fairy tales, retellings, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your prose follows these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Hybrid -- no more than 3,000 words, any form, style, genre, written (mostly) in English. No translations at this time. We love comics (graphic essays/short stories, poem comics, works that use illustration, etc.), choreopoems, and even ten-minute plays. If you're unsure if your submission follows these guidelines, submit anyway.

Collaborations welcome! (As long as all collaborators have never been previously published.)


Help us shift the landscape of the literary industry by bringing new marginalized writers to the forefront, and not because it's fashionable or the woke thing to do -- but because it's the just thing to do, the right thing to do, and honestly, the thing we want to do more than anything else.


Please send all questions regarding this issue to managing editor, Monica Prince at monicaprince@sfwp.com, who, by the way, is a Black cis woman who teaches unpublished writers for a living. Any harassing, racist, or violent messages will be deleted (or kept for potential investigation).

NOTE: All Quarterly issues for 2021 are special issue only. If you submit between October 24, 2020 and August 1, 2021, your submission will NOT be reviewed until October 15, 2021. In an effort to center writers from intersecting marginalized populations, we appreciate your support in this endeavor. If you have any questions, please contact Monica Prince, Managing Editor (monicaprince@sfwp.com).




This is the form for all fiction submissions to The SFWP Quarterly, edited by Managing Editor Monica Prince. 


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.
  • Give us your social media so we can follow your work!


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.


NOTE: All Quarterly issues for 2021 are special issue only. If you submit between October 24, 2020 and August 1, 2021, your submission will NOT be reviewed until October 15, 2021. In an effort to center writers from intersecting marginalized populations, we appreciate your support in this endeavor. If you have any questions, please contact Monica Prince, Managing Editor (monicaprince@sfwp.com).





This is the form for all creative nonfiction submissions to The SFWP Quarterly, edited by Managing Editor Monica Prince. 

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.
  • Give us your social media so we can follow your work!

NOTE: All Quarterly issues for 2021 are special issue only. If you submit book reviews or interviews not concerning the special issue topics for 2021 between October 24, 2020 and August 1, 2021, your submission will NOT be reviewed until October 15, 2021. In an effort to center writers from intersecting marginalized populations, we appreciate your support in this endeavor. If you have any questions, please contact Monica Prince, Managing Editor (monicaprince@sfwp.com).



This is the form for all book review and interview submissions to The SFWP Quarterly, edited by Managing Editor Monica Prince. 

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 the only reviews we are considering for publication in 2021. 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. 


Interviews should follow the same guidelines, including both interviewer and author bios in the text of the document. Interviews by and about writers highlighted for 2021 will be given priority for consideration, with all other interviews considered for publication in 2022.

Thank you for considering SFWP! 


SFWP's titles are eclectic. We're open to just about any genre or style, and we don't believe in sticking with 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. If you have just a minute or so at a book convention to explain what your book is about, what would you say? Does the back cover catch a potential reader's attention?


We also ask for three comparable titles. These titles must be similar to your book (same genre, trade paperback,  priced roughly between $12-20). They must also have a pub date from within the last three 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 a good exercise in learning how to discover your audience and market yourself. If you really get stuck on this question, then just think about the books that inspired your writing. If those books don't quite match the requirements for comp titles, plug them into Amazon. Every listing on Amazon includes similar titles and promoted titles. 


As we are a small press, our options are very limited. We publish 6-8 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 2022. 


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 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 first: 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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