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Milk & Cake Press

Milk & Cake Press is now open to submissions for full-length and chapbook projects.

Open Reading Period--Chapbooks

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Milk and Cake Press publishes full-length and chapbook collections of poetry. We are interested in manuscripts with attention to the sound of language. We would like to see experimental work, though we are open to virtually any kind of manuscript. (No light verse or limericks, please.)

Please note that this is an open reading period, not a contest. We expect to publish 4-6 titles a year, and most of those will come from this submission period. Our final selections will have been read by three or four volunteer staff, including the editor-in-chief.

We welcome the work of new, emerging and experienced poets and encourage submissions from BIPOC, LGBTQIA , neurodivergent and disabled writers. We want to read work of emerging and experienced poets. Be sure your name is not on the manuscript, and do not provide a biographical statement or acknowledgments of previously published poems. Instead, in your cover letter, provide 3-5 sentences summarizing your manuscript.

General submission instructions: please submit your mansucript in Word, Pages, or PDF here. We do request a submission fee; however, if this is prohibitive for you, please email [email protected] Why do we charge submission fees? These fees, along with book sales, cover the costs of printing and marketing our titles. Our press is completely run by volunteers, who are mostly family members.

Chapbook submissions should be 18-30ish pages of poetry. The fee for a chapbook submission is $10.

If the length of your manuscript doesn’t fit these guidelines, send it anyway!

You may submit multiple manuscripts, with the appropriate fees. Simultaneous submissions are welcome; please let us know as soon as possible should your work be accepted elsewhere (congratulations!).

Open Reading Period--Full-Length Manuscripts

Temp Closed

Milk and Cake Press publishes full-length and chapbook collections of poetry. We are interested in manuscripts with attention to the sound of language. We like experimental work, though we are open to virtually any kind of manuscript. (No light verse or limericks, please.)

Please note that this is an open reading period, not a contest. We expect to publish 4-6 titles a year, and most of those will come from this submission period. Our final selections will have been read by three or four volunteer staff, including the editor-in-chief.

We welcome the work of new, emerging and experienced poets and encourage submissions from BIPOC, LGBTQIA , neurodivergent and disabled writers. We want to read work of emerging and experienced poets. Be sure your name is not on the manuscript, and do not provide a biographical statement or acknowledgments of previously published poems. Instead, in your cover letter, provide 3-5 sentences summarizing your manuscript.

We do request a submission fee; however, if this is prohibitive for you, please email [email protected] Why do we charge submission fees? These fees, along with book sales, cover the costs of printing and marketing our titles. Our press is completely run by volunteers, who are mostly family members.

Full-length manuscripts should be 48-60-ish pages. (Longer is not necessarily better!) The fee for a full-length submission is $25.

If the length of your manuscript doesn’t fit these guidelines, send it anyway!

You may submit to multiple manuscripts, with the appropriate fees. Simultaneous submissions are welcome; please let us know as soon as possible should your work be accepted elsewhere (congratulations!).

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