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Submit to the Unicorn Press First Book Competition

From 1 April to 31 May, we accept submissions for the First Book Competition. If you wish to submit your work, please refer to these guidelines.

Submit to Our Open Reading Period

Unicorn Press seeks to publish excellent works of poetry that are unlikely to find a home elsewhere. We do not publish short fiction, non-fiction, novels, science fiction, how-to or self-help books, reference texts, individual poems, or children’s literature.

We have two open reading periods: the fall reading period is 1 September to 31 December, and the spring period is 1 March to 30 June. Work that is received outside of these reading periods will not be considered. We accept open reading submissions through our online submission manager and through the mail.

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: Log into our online submission manager and upload your work. If applicable, include an acknowledgements page detailing previous publications of work in the collection. Submit a brief cover letter in the comments field. We are able to respond to unsolicited manuscripts within three to four months. If you send us your work through the online manager, do not submit it by mail.

SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL: Send your manuscript with an SASE we may use to send our response. In the event the manuscript is not selected, we will send notice by email if no SASE has been supplied. If you would like us to return your manuscript, make sure your SASE is sized appropriately and carries sufficient postage. If applicable, 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, include a self-addressed postcard with your submission, and we will drop it in the mail upon receipt of your materials. Do not submit your manuscript online if you send it by mail. We are able to respond to unsolicited manuscripts within three to four months. Direct manuscripts to the following address:

UNICORN PRESS
Post Office Box 5523
Greensboro, NC 27435