WTAW Press

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
WTAW Press is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit publisher devoted to discovering and publishing enduring literary works. We publish a carefully curated list of titles across a range of genres (literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, essay, and prose that falls somewhere in between), subject matter, and perspectives. We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds. WTAW will offer the annual Kevin McIlvoy Book Prize for an unpublished book of prose beginning in fall of 2023. WTAW's imprint Betty publishes books by women for everyone. In addition to full-length books, WTAW Alcove Chapbook Series focuses on chapbooks of prose. Learn more about our publishing program at our website.

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Peg Alford Pursell
Contact Email
essays, fiction, nonfiction
Representative Authors
Kevin McIlvoy, Anita Felicelli, Henry Hoke
Submissions Policy
We accept manuscripts only through our submission manager during open reading periods. Open reading periods and guidelines are posted on our website. To stay current, we recommend signing up for our newsletter and following us on social media.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
1 - 6 months
Author Payments
royalties, cash, copies
WTAW Alcove Chapbook Series Open Kevin McIlvoy Book Prize
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Small Press Distribution
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
Average Price Per Book
Average Price Per E-Book
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Make sure to follow the guidelines that ask for specific information in the cover letter.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
All manuscripts are read anonymously by a screened and vetted diverse group of primary readers, all of whom remain anonymous to one another. In the case of contests, a group of outstanding authors serve as final judges.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Please take a look at the books WTAW publishes. We’re drawn to material that explores issues of contemporary significance on any theme or subject matter.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Make sure to follow all guidelines. Don't talk yourself out of submitting: our focus is on publishing the best manuscripts we can find. WTAW regularly publishes debut authors.