Aquarius Press/Willow Books will be reading unsolicited manuscripts during the summer of 2013. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. Our mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/nonfiction should be no longer than 180 pages. Scholarly titles covering literature, arts and the humanities (up to 250 pages) are also accepted, but they should be in proper format (MLA, Chicago, etc.).
This reading period is neither a contest nor is it exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers who have not previously been published by our press. Genre/subject is open, but no “street lit” or erotica, please.
If you wish to have us consider your manuscript, please send it with the following:
1. A reply email address or SASE for editor’s decision;
2. An acknowledgments page which lists where work has been previously published; and
3. A reading fee of $25.00 made payable to Aquarius Press ($25 fee for returned checks). Make payments via PayPal (or credit card with the store link) or mail a check/money order to the address below.
Send manuscripts to:
PO Box 23096
Detroit, MI 48223
NOTE: Please enclose a SASE with adequate postage if you wish to have your manuscript returned. In order to be eligible for the reading period, submissions must be postmarked during the summer of 2013. Reading fees are nonrefundable, and Aquarius Press/Willow Books in no way guarantees that a submitted manuscript will be accepted. The editors’ decisions are final.
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