Big Yes Press

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Big Yes Press is a not for profit small press producing poetry books that speak to our places, people, and times since 2012. BYP has one to two books in motion at any given time. Started in the spirit of a cooperative, and in partnership with each of its authors, BYP welcomes poetry, graphic poetry, and short story collection submissions. Please follow the guidelines stated on our website.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Paula C. Lowe
Contact Title
fiction, poetry
Recent Awards Received
Several poets are poet laureates of their cities and/or counties. There are also award winners and finalists in the mix.
Representative Authors
Caroline Goodwin, L. I. Henley, Enid Osborn
Submissions Policy
Please visist for details on submissions. Before query, a writer should have an ordered manuscript ready. The query provides a synopsis, bio, and 3-5 representative poems or 3-5 pages of short story. Should the work perk BYP interest, we will ask for the manuscript and begin a conversation to decide how BYP can serve you. BYP strives to give a response to those who submit to BYP within a month. Writers who send submissions in batches to many presses should learn about BYP before submitting. It matters to BYP that you are an active poet who is publishing in journals and giving readings in your community. Poetry doesn't just live on the page.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
4 - 6 weeks
Author Payments
cash, copies
Number Of Paid Staff
we are volunteers
Number Of Unpaid Staff
varies from book to book. Three core plus guest editors.
Year Founded
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
Average Price Per Book
Number Of Issues Per Year
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
Publish Print Anthology?
Paula C. Lowe
poet and publisher
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Lots of experience. I have a commitment to make more poetry books come into a world of seeming transience. A collection of poetry is a life's work. I am also an active publishing poet so I know my wish list.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Two editors, four readers, one reviewer/prof, two proofers, volunteers. Then, one book designer, one fabulous book printer, paid.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Short. Personal. Tell us why Big Yes Press is your press choice. Sending out in batches may be efficient for you but won't connect with us.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Query first. then if asked, send manuscript. Be ready though.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Fresh and true voice, embedded craft, poems about things that matter to that poet, a window into the lived experience of our times.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Be prepared. Present your manuscript according to the website detailed instructions. Query when you are ready, not just shopping for a publisher. Know how you will get your book into the reading community. We don't want books in boxes.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
New poetry readers who find themselves in a poem in a collection. It's that one poem that could change a life.