Submissions

This page contains instructions for preparing submissions to Unicorn Press for our open reading period and our First Book Contest. Please only use the First Book Contest guidelines if you intend to submit a book-length manuscript consideration for the yearly prize. Otherwise, use our open reading period guidelines.
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Open reading period submissions

Unicorn Press seeks to publish excellent works of poetry, short fiction, and short non-fiction that are unlikely to find a home elsewhere. We do not publish novels, science fiction, how-to or self-help books, reference texts, or children's literature. Our open reading period is year-round.

How to Prepare Your Manuscript
We accept submissions by mail only. Please send your manuscript with an SASE we may use to send our response. If you would like us to return your manuscript, make sure your SASE is sized appropriately and carries sufficient postage. If applicable, please include an acknowledgements page detailing previous publications of work in the manuscript.

If you would like to know when your manuscript has arrived at the press, please include a self-addressed postcard with your submission, and we will drop it in the mail upon receipt of your materials. We are able to respond to unsolicited manuscripts within two to three months.

Please direct manuscripts to the following address:

UNICORN PRESS
1310 Glenwood Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27403
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The Unicorn Press First Book Contest

From 1 January to 31 May, Unicorn Press will accept submissions of book-length poetry manuscripts by authors who have not previously published a book of poetry. The winner will receive $250 and the winning manuscript will be published by Unicorn Press. We will announce our decision on 1 December. If you wish to submit a manuscript, please proceed under the following guidelines.

» Please submit 56-72 pages of poetry previously uncollected in book form. (For the purpose of this contest, we consider publications with more 32 poems printed in a run of over 1000 copies to be previous publication in book form.) Only one poem should appear per page.

» Manuscripts may contain previously published poetry. If applicable, please include an acknowledgements page detailing previous publications.

» Please include a cover letter containing your contact information, including an email address. Send your manuscript with an SASE we may use to send our response. In the event the manuscript is declined, we will send notice by email if no SASE has been supplied. We will return manuscripts for which an SASE of sufficient size to enclose the work is included in the submission. If you would like to know when your manuscript has arrived, please include a self-addressed postcard with your submission, and we will drop it in the mail upon receipt of your materials.

» Please send submissions by mail only. Manuscripts must be postmarked between 1 January and 31 May, inclusive. Please address your submission as follows:

UNICORN PRESS
FIRST BOOK CONTEST
1310 Glenwood Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27403
Unicorn Press, established 1966, is a publisher of
contemporary poetry based in Greensboro, NC.
Read more about us here.
UNICORN PRESS
1310 Glenwood Avenue
Greensboro, NC  27403
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