Submissions

Wild Age Press publishes chapbooks and a weekly online literary zine. We use Submittable for all our submissions; Any unsolicited submissions sent via email or mail will be discarded unread. We take first serial rights and the right to archive work on our website for RESTLESS. All other rights return to the author upon publication, though we do request a credit if work originally published with us appears elsewhere in the future. For chapbooks we take exclusive rights for one year, after which all rights revert to the author.

Submissions to RESTLESS are FEE-FREE in January & July. We charge a $3 reading fee the rest of the year to help cover our operating costs. Chapbook reading fees are $10, except in November.

Guidelines for RESTLESS

We accept submissions of untamed literature with an edge on a rolling basis for our e-zine RESTLESS. Think prose that makes you want to get up and walk across the country, characters that make you want to shout at the pages in front of you, settings that make you want to run through them.

We want:

  • prose under 750 words, three stories max per submission
  • poems one page or less, three poems max per submission
  • things that defy convention and labels–stories that contain poems, photographs that contain stories, things we would have never dreamed of

A brief cover letter containing a publication-ready third-person bio and a headshot is required for submissions to RESTLESS. (Your submission will not be accepted or declined on the basis of what’s in your cover letter, only on the quality and fit of the actual work). We regret that we are unable to offer compensation at this time.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please withdraw your piece immediately using Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere (and congratulations!). If you need to withdraw a poem from your submission, please add a note in Submittable. Multiple submissions are NOT okay. Please wait to hear back from us before submitting more work.

We will do our best to respond to submissions within one month. If you haven’t heard from us after a month, you may query editor [at] wildagepress.com on the status of your submission.


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Guidelines for Chapbooks

We are NOT currently open for chapbook submissions. Sign up for our email list to be notified of our next open reading period.

Wild Age Press seeks submission of fiction, poetry, and hybrid genre chapbooks of 20 to 48 pages. Chapbooks should be submitted as a single document with a table of contents and acknowledgements page, if applicable. Individual pieces may have been published, but the manuscript as a whole cannot have been previously published.

We’re specifically looking for novellas, collections of short stories, poetry, and experimental work that doesn’t fit a genre. We welcome translations; please include the original along with the English text. Read RESTLESS to get a sense for what we like; it’s free!

We charge a $10 reading fee for chapbooks except during our fee-free submission window in November. The money from this fee goes toward producing our print publications.


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