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$1,000 advance and an optional/standard contract from Unleash Press for one winning manuscript. Finalists will be considered for publication. Novels, poetry collections, short story collections, and creative nonfiction manuscripts are accepted.

Full-length, completed manuscripts only. Responses will begin to go out in late December.


  • Submissions will be accepted until December 15, 2023. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if you wish to withdraw it from consideration.
  • There are no refunds if you withdraw a submission.
  • 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 as the first round of reading is blind.
  • The minimum length of a manuscript is 30,000 words for prose or 70 pages for poetry.
  • Genres accepted include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and experimental/hybrid. 
  • *Note: The publishing contract is optional and contingent on the author maintaining full rights to the work. Reprints are accepted for consideration.


  • Please include page numbers.
  • Please double-space and use a 12pt font.
  • Submit as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or PDF file format.

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