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Black Elephant Press

We are interested in receiving completed manuscripts in the genres of poetry, literary fiction, speculative works, and creative non-fiction. We will consider philosophical works and genre complex manifestos birthed from the ardent brilliance of rare political and philosophical minds. If you have completed a long form journalism project or an academic article and are interested in publishing a small trade zine or paperback, send an email describing your project. Last, but not least, we have an interest in discovering brilliant literary religious fiction or speculative literary fiction.

We are not interested in work containing gratuitous depictions of violence, sex, sexual violence.

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Featured Poet Free Tip Jar Option

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Please submit one to three poems to be featured on our website for our "Poem of the Month" project.

We will select one poem and poet to be featured on our website each month.

Selected poets will be considered for publication in a monthly one page letterpress series starting in 2023.

We do not allow simultaneous submissions in this category.

Regular Submissions Fee: usd $10.00

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We are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts for literary fiction, creative non-fiction, speculative fiction, long-form journalism projects, philosophical works including political, revolutionary, experimental, and metaphysics, as well as literary religious and spiritual fiction.

Please do not submit poetry manuscripts. We have two contests for poetry at this time. Please see the "Chapbook Contest" & "First Book Contest" calls for more information.

Chapbook Contest

Temp Closed

We are accepting chapbook manuscripts for our 2022 Chapbook Contest.

Please send us 15-25 poems as a PDF attachment. Your manuscript should be complete and properly formatted with a title page, table of contents, acknowledgements, etc. This contest is open to both published authors and authors publishing for the first time.

The winner will be awarded $250 plus 5 promotional copies of your chapbook. Your chapbook will made available to the public with our imprint at a price set forth in your author agreement.

First Book Contest

Temp Closed

We are accepting poetry manuscripts for our 2022 First Book Contest.

Please send us your full length manuscripts of 40-50 poems as a PDF attachment. Your manuscript should be complete and properly formatted with a title page, table of contents, acknowledgements, etc. This contest is open to all authors publishing a full length poetry manuscript for the first time.

The winner will be awarded $1000 plus ten promotional copies of your book. Your book will made available to the public with our imprint at a price set forth in your author agreement.