Submissions

Graywolf Press publishes about 30-35 books annually, mostly poetry, memoirs, essays, novels, translations, and short stories.

Our editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that combine a distinct voice with a distinct vision. Our editors seek out and solicit promising work from authors that they encounter in the pages of magazines, at writing conferences, and in other venues.

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited submissions outside of open periods and contests.

Submission Guidelines

Poetry

Graywolf Press partners with the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem, and the Poetry Foundation to publish and promote the work of new and emerging writers.

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Nonfiction

Agents may submit nonfiction submissions to the appropriate editor for consideration. Graywolf accepts submissions for the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize every other year. The January 2018 submission period is now closed.

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Fiction

Agents may submit fiction submissions to the appropriate editor for consideration. Graywolf accepts submissions for the Graywolf Press Africa Prize every other year. The October 2017 submission period is now closed.

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Recommended Reading

The Craft of Writing

This collection of pieces on the craft of writing are contributed by Graywolf authors and staff members.

Fiona McCrae on First Pages
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Mary Szybist on Visual Poetry
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Jeff Shotts on the Art of Rejection
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Susan Steinberg on Punctuation
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Charles Baxter on the Request Moment
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Sarah Manguso on Connection
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Harryette Mullen on Starting a Tanka Diary
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Tom Sleigh on Haibun, Bashō, the Poet as Journalist as Poet
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Robert Boswell on Having Gravity and Having Weight
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Tony Hoagland on "Image Out of Sound"
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