submissions

Carolina Wren Press
120 Morris St.
Durham NC 27701
(919) 560-2738
carolinawrenpress at earthlink.net
Contact: Andrea Selch, President
Established 1976

Before you submit, please read the following statement:

Carolina Wren Press is a very small, independent publisher with an interest in voices from beyond the mainstream. We publish prose and poetry by underrepresented writers such as women, people of color, authors with disabilities, LGBT authors, and experimental writers at the rate of 2-3 books per year. Very occasionally (e.g., once every few years), we publish a children’s book that we feel can improve children’s lives by helping them deal with disease, difference, gender issues, bullying, etc.

We do not publish plays, translations, or genre fiction such as detective novels, crime novels, fantasy or science fiction. We do not publish religious tracts, self-help books or academic theses. We do not publish books that have already been self-published or published in their entirety. We do not, at this time, have need of illustrators or employees or interns (though we do love volunteers!).

As of this writing, we are no longer accepting general submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or children’s literature. We welcome submissions to our three contests:

The Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman — prose fiction (a collection of short stories or a novel) or memoir. Submissions are accepted in even-numbered winters, with a final deadline of JUNE 15, 2016, 2018, etc. There is a $20 reading fee for this contest. Full guidelines should be followed – check this website in February or March of odd-numbered years to see the current guidelines.

The Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series – full-length poetry manuscripts by authors who have not had more than one full-length book published. Submissions are accepted in odd-numbered winters, usually with a final deadline of June 15, 2017, 2019, etc. There is a $20 reading fee for this contest. Full guidelines should be followed – check this website in December of even-numbered years to see the current guidelines.

The Lee Smith Novel Prize – novel. Submissions are accepted in odd-numbered summer-fall periods, with a final deadline of November 30, 2015, 2017, etc. There is a $20 reading fee for this contest. Full guidelines should be followed – check this website in June of odd-numbered years to see current guidelines.

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