Submissions

Graywolf Press publishes about 30 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.

We are currently accepting submissions for our third African Fiction Prize via Submittable through August 31, 2021. See below for more details.

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

Prizes

The Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize

For the 2021 submission period, we are open for submissions via Submittable through August 31, 2021.

The Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize is awarded for a first novel manuscript by an author primarily residing in Africa. Founded in 2017 to facilitate direct access to publishing in the United States for a new generation of African writers, the prize is awarded every other year. Winners receive publication by Graywolf Press and a $12,000 advance.

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The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

Graywolf awards the Nonfiction Prize to a previously unpublished, full-length work of outstanding literary nonfiction by a writer who is not yet established in the genre.

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize seeks to acknowledge—and honor—the great traditions of literary nonfiction. Whether grounded in observation, autobiography, or research, much of the most beautiful, daring, and original writing over the past few decades can be categorized as nonfiction.

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Submission Guidelines

Poetry

Graywolf Press partners with the Academy of American Poets and Cave Canem 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 next open submission period will be in 2022.

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Fiction

Agents may submit fiction submissions to the appropriate editor for consideration. Graywolf accepts submissions for the Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize every other year; the next submission period will be on Submittable and open from August 1 to August 31, 2021, and will be judged by A. Igoni Barrett. Additional details can be found at the Submittable page here

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

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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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