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$1,000 advance and standard contract option to publish with Unleash Press.

 

Final judge is Christine Boucher, author of Express Yourself! Joyful Journaling for Kids (Dover, 2020) and The Sentinel of the Chakra Stones (Unleash Press, 2022).

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Novels, short story collections, and creative nonfiction manuscripts are accepted.

Full-length, completed manuscripts only. Reprints allowed.

Guidelines:

  • Submissions will be accepted until January 5, 2022.

  • All submissions must be in English.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere and you wish to withdraw it from consideration.

  • There are no refunds if you withdraw a submission, and  no revisions will be allowed.

  • Please include a cover letter with a summary. Your name and contact information may appear in the cover letter area. Please leave all identifying information off of the manuscript.

  • The minimum length of a manuscript is 30,000 words.

  • Genres accepted include fiction and creative nonfiction.

  • Author must have full rights to reprint entries

 

Formatting:

  • Please include page numbers.

  • Please double-space and use a 12pt font.

  • Submit as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or PDF file format.

Inaugural Anthology & Contest

Theme: Conversations

Submissions are open!

 

The conversation that changed everything...
The first or last conversation...
The conversation you wish you'd had before it was too late...

Essays, fiction, drama, art, and poetry will be accepted.

All interpretations of "conversations" are encouraged. 

Guidelines:

  • Submissions will be accepted July 15, 2021 – January 15, 2022.

  • There is a submission fee of $10.

  • All submissions must be in English.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere and you wish to withdraw it from consideration. There will be no refunds of the reading fees.

  • We will announce the stories we've selected, along with the winning story, by February 15, 2022. 

Formatting:

  • Short stories, whether fiction or nonfiction, should have a total word count of no more than 5,000 words.

  • Please include page numbers.

  • Please double-space and use a 12pt font.

  • Submit as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or PDF file format.

  • No revisions will be accepted once the submission is uploaded.

  • All submissions will be read blind, so please leave your name off the actual submission.

All authors chosen for the anthology will receive an e-copy

and a paperback copy of the book.

Questions can be sent to info[at]unleashcreatives.com

One submission will win the Editors' Prize of $75. This story will be highlighted in the anthology and will appear with a custom illustration/print.  

*Fees only accepted via Submittable.

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Unleash Press is an independent publishing house focused on partnering with authors of novels, short story collections, personal essays, reimagined fairytales, and innovative narrative nonfiction.

Dedicated to partnering with our authors and treating each book as a work of art, Unleash Press publishes a limited number of single-author manuscripts each year. We are currently looking for manuscripts that reflect diverse experiences and perspectives for our 2022 catalog. We champion new voices and bold ideas.

If you have a project you'd like to discuss, please query us directly with a short bio, your book's word count, genre, and a brief synopsis with 10 sample pages. 

Query submissions are open 6/15 - 9/15 and 1/15 - 4/15