Our first-ever chapbook reading period will run from August 15th, 2023 to November 30th, 2023. Please send us one manuscript only once per genre per reading period. Abode Press accepts and encourages simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
*If you are a Queer and/or Trans writer of color (QTBIPOC) and are unable to pay the chapbook reading fee, please email [email protected] for a fee waiver, no questions asked.
About Abode Press:
Abode Press is an intersectional, anti-racist 501(c)3 nonprofit publishing press based in Central, TX dedicated to uplifting underrepresented voices. Our values are rooted in intersectionality, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and empathy.
We are currently focused on authors based in the U.S., though we hope to expand our reach over the years to come.
Poetry = up to 30 pages | Hybrid and Fiction = up to 60 pages
Times New Roman or Garamond font. 12 pt. Double spaced.
Include a cover sheet, acknowledgements, and table of contents. Note: these do not count towards page count. The cover sheet should include your name, address, and contact information, such as your email address, and any trigger warnings our readers should be aware of. The acknowledgments need to contain the list of journals or magazines who have published any of the pieces in the chapbook. Please make sure you retain the rights to each piece beforehand or include a note of when rights will be reverted back to you.
What We’re Looking For:
Abode Press wants to read work that discusses identity, origin, and culture. Every abode is unique to the person who lives there. We want to read about the ghosts in your closet, the heritage that guides your cooking, the cultural emblems that decorate your walls. Because when someone invites you into their abode, they’re letting you see a piece of themselves. At Abode, we believe it’s important to prioritize these narratives to create a world with better empathy, understanding, and compassion for others.
*To clarify, we are not specifically asking for work that takes place inside of a home; we are simply curious about the people who live in them. *
If your chapbook is selected for publication, you will receive the following package:
- 100 book print run
- 10 author copies
- 75.00 USD advance
- Professional book cover design done in house or with a freelance artist
- Professional book design and layout
- Marketing on all our social platforms
- Author contract
- Events, virtual and in person if able to travel to Houston, San Antonio, or Austin
- Book will be submitted to national prizes, awards, and magazines for reviews and publicity
- 25% of royalties, paid each quarter, or until all books sold
As we apply for grants and secure donor funding, we aim to increase our author advances and more for our author packages. Help us improve our author chapbook package by donating to the Press here.