We seek to publish the very best poetry, especially from previously unpublished and lesser-known authors. We select manuscripts through an open submissions process that occurs year-round.

  • Manuscripts should be 50 to 100 pages of poetry, submitted in .rtf, .doc, or .docx formats only. All submissions should be made via email. We do not accept unsolicited paper submissions.
  • Eligibility: Poets writing in English are eligible. Previous book publication is not a consideration. Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify Fernwood Press immediately if a manuscript becomes committed elsewhere.
  • There is no open submission fee.
  • All submissions are eligible for publication by Fernwood Press with a standard royalty contract.

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