Come join the Riot! Here’s how.
We seek to publish four to six chapbooks per year, with a few micro-chapbooks in between. All submissions must be submitted electronically in pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not charge a reading/submission fee and accept submissions on a rolling basis. So, please be kind and rewind yr attitude tape cause girl, we’ll get to it, we promise! Gap Riot Press has two reading periods: September to January (with responses in February), and March to July (with responses in August). We are busy ladies with lots to read and do, so please be gentle and patient with us as we read through submissions.
Formatting your manuscript:
Please name your pdf file with the first few words of your chapbook’s title.
Please submit all poems in one document. Chapbooks should be between 15 and 25 pages (not including title page, acknowledgements, etc), give or take. Micro-chapbooks should be kept to 8 to 10 pages. Each poem should start on a new page.
Include a title page with the title of the chapbook, your name, your mailing address, your phone number, your email address, and a short biographical statement.
Individual poems within the manuscript may be previously published but the manuscript as a whole cannot have been already published.
Unless otherwise needed, manuscripts should be single spaced with standard (at least 1 inch) margins. We prefer Calibri font, but will accept Times New Roman if you roll that way. Comic Sans or Courier are punishable by public humiliation.
Collaborative works are welcome.
Unless your poetry is visual in nature, please do not include images with or within your manuscript.
Our mission is to engage a wider literary community through the publication of formally innovative poetic works. We welcome both new and established writers, but since we are committed to inclusion and equity in publishing practices, we highly encourage submissions from underrepresented voices.
We live for anarchy and disruption in our form and content. So, if you have a raging case of the lyric I or a hankering for tightly wound sestinas, unless you are committed to breaking that shit and setting it on fire, this might not be the press for you. Before submitting your work, we highly recommend that you take a stroll through our archive to see what really gets us fired up.
Our chapbooks are staple-bound with card stock covers. Initial print runs are either 50 or 100 copies. The chapbooks will then be kept in print if there is demand, and at the discretion of the Press.
Authors whose chapbooks are chosen for publication receive ten complimentary copies.
Please note that regretfully, we are not able to offer feedback or advice on poetic works.
Thank you for your interest in Gap Riot Press.