Wising Up Press

Type Of Organization
(404) 276-6046
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
WISING UP PRESS was founded in 2007 to extend our work at Universal Table promoting diversity. We use literature by contemporary writers to explore various dimensions of pluralism—immigration, illness, social justice, social inclusion and resilience, religious understanding—because of the power of narrative to help us identify safely with others who may at first seem, by appearance or circumstances or culture, very different from us. Our anthologies serve as an invitation to stand in that richer relation—empathic, musing, open to new meaning—with ourselves and with our neighbors. Our individually authored books of fiction, poetry, memoir and non-fiction do the same. Both publishers have doctorates, one in English and Creative Writing and the other in Political Science—and extensive prior professional experience as teachers, writers, and editors. Our Wising Up Editorial group is also composed of experienced writers and editors.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, YouTube
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Charles D. Brockett
Contact Title
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, audio
Representative Authors
Kerry Langan, Kathleen Housley, Heather Tosteson
Submissions Policy
Dual submissions & previously published work for anthologies if informed. Manuscripts for Writers Collective accepted all year.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
1 - 2 months
Author Payments
royalties, copies
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Charles Brockett/Heather Tosteson
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Both publishers have doctorates, one in English and Creative Writing and the other in Political Science
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Two full-time staff: the publishers/editors of our Wising Up Anthologies. Wising Up Writers Collective, all with advanced degrees and/or established publication records, are involved at all stages of the publication process.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Doesn't need to be long. A little biographical information is nice. Show you have looked carefully at our call (anthology) or submission procedures (Writers Collective) and are meeting our submission criteria.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Anthologies: electronic submissions, receipt acknowledged. Editorial decision usually within month of submission deadline. Book manuscripts: submissions accepted January and July, editorial decisions April, October. Complete procedures on our websit
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Emotional authenticity and literary quality. We want work that expands the theme of a specific anthology and the social mission of the press to "Find the We in Them, the Us in You."
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Submit if you are really interested in the subject and your writing is on topic and the best you can make it, and pay attention to all the information above. READ THROUGH OUR WEBSITE.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We like including in our anthologies first-time writers, people with stories to tell who need to be heard into speech, and highly accomplished and well-published writers, in many genres, all of whom share an interest in our theme.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Someone committed to "Finding the We in Them," fascinated by the topic of a specific anthology or book, who understands best by empathizing, and, after reading wants to use the book as a catalyst for real-time, real life conversations with friends,