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.

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



The Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize

The 2021 submission period is now closed. Please note that we anticipate announcing the winner of the African Fiction Prize by February 2022, and will notify everyone regarding the status of their submission at that time. We appreciate your understanding that we may not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your submission in the meantime, but every eligible submission will be thoroughly considered.

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Graywolf awards the Nonfiction Prize to a previously unpublished, full-length work of outstanding literary nonfiction by a writer who is not yet established in the genre.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


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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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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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 most recent submission period closed on August 31, 2021.

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Recommended Reading

Tony Hoagland
James Longenbach
Benjamin Percy
Claudia Rankine
10th Anniversary Edition
Eula Biss
Charles Baxter
Brenda Ueland, Andrei Codrescu
Robert Boswell

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