Free Presse?



Hello –

Below is the list of presses and publishers I’ve been able to compile (with the help of some awesome poets), that do not charge reading fees for chapbook or full length manuscripts. Unfortunately, it is a short list in the scope of the poetry community. What is also obvious is the tendency to have free reading periods amongst those presses whose aesthetic leans more towards the post-avant or experimental. It seems those of us who write more linear/narrative poetry are stuck in a poetic time warp of some sort. I will be posting this list very shortly to the Tilt Press website and blog, where it will stay forever, (for-eva, eva?)- yes. Short list or not – I think it’s important for poets to know that there ARE presses that read manuscripts for free. As important, I’m hoping that more people will support these presses by purchasing their books. I will do my best to keep the list updated on a continuing basis. I welcome anyone to email me at if they wish to be added to the list.

Tilt Press (chaps/print)

Small Anchor Press (chaps/print)

Paper Kite Press (chaps/print)

Wyrd Tree Press (chaps/print)

Rope-a-Dope (chaps/print)

Shadowbox Press (chaps/print)

Beard of Bees (chaps/web)

ungovernable press (chaps/web)

Dusie (full length & chap/print)

Trainwreck Press (ditch) (chaps/print)

Gold Wake Press (chaps/web)

Dancing Girl Press (chaps/print)

the greying ghost press (chaps/print)

Scantily Clad Press (chaps/web)

Maverick Duck Press (chaps/print)

Taiga Press (chaps/print)

Blood Pudding Press (chaps/print)

blossombones (chaps/web)

BlazeVOX (full-length print & web)

WordTech (full-length print)

Red Mountain (chaps/print)

Ugly Duckling Presse (chaps & full-length/print)

Steel Toe Books (full-length/print)

Melville House Publishing (full-length/print)

Coconut (full-length & chap/print)

No Tell Books (full-length/print)

Magic Helicopter Press (chap/print & web)

The Cupboard (Prose chaps/print)



AMY KING View All →

Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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