Chapbooks for the series should be between-ish 10-ish to 40-ish pages of material and must have a single theme of some sort. We are seeking themed or linked pieces with a hook, and we are especially interested in themes with a historical or science bent. We want to hear from marginalized and underrepresented authors, and we are an LGBTQUIA+ safe-space.
Selected manuscripts receive publication on Alternating Current Press, which includes distribution through Ingram, Asterism, and all major online retailers. Publication is in paperback and ePub formats and includes 10 complimentary paperback copies, a complimentary digital copy in all formats, and 50% net royalties. We generally select 4 to 6 manuscripts for publication from our open-reading periods.
Submissions open: NOV 1, 2023
Submissions close: APR 30, 2024
Selections made: Within 4 months
- We’re seeking chapbook-length manuscripts that have a single theme of some sort. We are seeking themed or linked pieces with a hook, and we are especially interested in themes with a historical or science bent. We are not interested in material that is not linked in some obvious way.
- Please note the chapbooks in this series are 4” x 6”, with 3” x 5” of working text space. Long lines will get broken, and horizontal concrete poetry or writing with a large shape will not work in this space. Prose forms and left-aligned forms with shorter lines work best in this space.
- All genres, styles, and subjects considered that can work within a small setting, including poetry, hybrid, prose poems, experimental, flash stories, flash memoir, one-act plays, textual/visual, &c.
- Chapbooks should be between-ish 10 to 40 pages, for a soft guideline.
- Manuscripts must be geared toward an adult readership. We are not interested in books for children.
- All work must be in English and must be the author’s own. Single work by multiple authors considered. We will also consider reliable side-by-side (English and a second language) translations for this category. We do not consider AI-generated works.
- These manuscripts are not read incognito. It doesn’t matter if your identifying information is or isn’t inside your submission file.
- If you need to adjust a submission, please use the Request to Edit option through Submittable. Please don’t request to edit for minor flaws, however—all accepted work will go through an editing process and will have the chance to be updated before publication, and your work will not be disqualified for a missing comma.
- All authors must be at least 18 to submit.
- Simultaneous submissions allowed. Please withdraw your manuscript through Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.
- Previously published pieces are considered if they have never been published as a group in a standalone print volume.
- Submit via Submittable only. We do not accept email submissions.
- Straight or scholarly nonfiction should have citations.
- This is a free form that is unique to you and shouldn't be shared with others. There is an $5.99 fee for each manuscript submitted for anyone able to pay.
- Each paid submission comes with a digital copy of our latest Little Pigeon chapbook, currently black has every right to be angry, a collection of poetry about the historical and contemporary experience of being Black in the United States, by Ashley Elizabeth ($7.99 value).
- We will send a response and notification to every submission within 4 months. Form response only, unless we are interested in publishing your book. We are regretfully unable to provide feedback. If you have not heard back after 4 months, please feel free to follow up (kindly).
Find out more about the Little Pigeon Series here.