Things To Come Poetry Prize Submissions - Shape&Nature Press




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Open Reading Period

September thru December, 2015

    We are currently only reading poetry, fiction, and cross genre manuscripts during the open reading period, which typically occurs from September through December. If you would like us to consider a Creative Project proposal, please see our guidelines at the bottom of the page. You may also sign up for an email Reminder for when the open period begins again.


    • Please send unpublished manuscripts of poetry, fiction, or cross-genre work. In the fiction catagory, in addition to novels we also encourage submissions of novellas, long stories, and short story collections.

    • Submissions may be sent either by email or by regular mail ( email is much preferred):

      By email
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      1) Please indicate the genre of your submission in the subject line of the email. For example: Fiction submission
      2) Please include a cover sheet with contact information including name, phone number, address, and email.
      3) Manuscripts must be either in a Word document (.doc) or a PDF.

      By mail: Shape&Nature Press, 2015 Open Reading Period, 76 Hastings Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.
      1) Manuscripts sent by mail will not be returned.
      2) Please include a cover sheet with contact information including name, phone number, address, and email.

    • All manuscripts should be paginated and include a Table of Contents if necessary. You may include an acknowledgments page listing previously published work.

    • It is free to submit your manuscript. However, if you are interested, Shape&Nature Press is also providing the opportunity for personal feedback on your manuscript for a fee of $25, which you pay upon submission either by check or online through our Paypal Button below.

    • Feedback will be supplied in the form of a letter from a Shape&Nature editor who has closely reviewed your work and whose interest is in giving candid and useful feedback to authors.  Please indicate on your manuscript whether you are requesting feedback.

    • Simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to other publishers or contests are acceptable but please notify us with an email to if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.


    For authors requesting feedback, click the Buy Now button.

Creative Project Submissions

We are currently accepting unsolicited creative project manuscript submissions.

A creative project, in our minds,is a literary art project that by its nature seeks to question, illuminate, experiment, play or say, and which ultimately makes the reader see literature in a new way. Projects can be written by one or many authors, be conceptual, include poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, road trips or technology. They may act as installations, be moveable and work on many levels. However the project is created, it must be able to culminate in published form of some sort. See some of our current projects.

A completed manuscript submission will include the full manuscript plus a brief description of the project and contact information.

We are also open to creaitve project proposal submissions.

A proposal will consist of 1) A project description and goals. 2) An explanation of how Shape&Nature can help -- either by publishing a final book, or using our publishing arm as an extension of the project.

We will do our best to respond in several weeks.

Please send to: submission(at)



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