Open Reading Period for Willow Books

2015 Open Reading Period April 1 – September 1, 2015

CONGRATS TO 2014 EDITOR’S CHOICE Cole Lavalais (Summer of Cicadas)

Cole Lavalais

Cole Lavalais

Cole Lavalais is the author of Summer of the Cicadas (Willow Books, 2015). She has been awarded writer’s residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts. An inaugural fellow of the Kimbilio Center for Fiction, Cole’s short stories have appeared in several print and online literary journals. Founder of the forthcoming Hollering Dog: An Online Journal of Diversely Fabricated and Surreal Truths, Cole hosts the Chicago Voices Literary Salon (a salon featuring writers of color) and teaches community-based writing workshops on the south side of Chicago. She is currently at work on her second novel.

CONGRATS TO 2013 EDITOR’S CHOICE  Elmaz Abinader (This House, My Bones)

Elmaz Abinader is a poet, memoirist, playwright and novelist. Her first memoir, Children of the Roojme, a Family’s Journey from Lebanon, chronicles three generations of immigrants battling dislocation and tradition. The poetry collection, In the Country of My Dreams… won the 2000 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry award. She was also awarded a Goldies Award for Literature, as well as two Drammies (Oregon’s Drama award) for her three-act one-woman show, Country of Origin. Elmaz most recently performed Country of Origin at the Kennedy Center and has toured several countries with this play and two others: Ramadan Moon and 32 Mohammeds.  Elmaz’s work has been widely anthologized, most recently in The New Anthology of American Poetry, Vol. 3 and The Colors of Nature. Elmaz has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Egypt, taught for the Palestine Writing Workshop and a resident at the El Gouna Writing Residency on the Red Sea. Elmaz is one of the founders of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, (VONA/Voices), now in its 15th year providing workshops for writers of color. She is also a creative writing professor at Mills College and a fitness instructor at the Oakland Y. This House, My Bones will be published by Willow Books in Fall 2014.

ABOUT THE OPEN READING PERIOD

Willow Books, the literary division of Aquarius Press, reads unsolicited manuscripts during the spring and summer of each year. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. Our mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/nonfiction should be no longer than 180 pages. Scholarly titles covering literature, arts and the humanities are also accepted, but they should be in proper format (MLA, APA, etc.). This reading period is neither a contest nor is it exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers who have not previously been published by our press. Genre/subject is open, but no “street lit” or erotica, please. Submission Process: If you wish to have us consider your manuscript, please upload a pdf  to Submittable:

Submit to Aquarius Press/Willow Books

There is a reading fee of $25.00. Make payment via the Submittable page. In order to be eligible for the reading period, submissions must be uploaded between April 1 and September 1 of each year. Reading fees are nonrefundable, and Aquarius Press/Willow Books in no way guarantees that a submitted manuscript will be accepted. The editors’ decisions are final.

3 thoughts on “Open Reading Period for Willow Books

  1. Hello. Your guidelines for your open reading period o not specify whether prose submissions are to be novels, short story collections, or whether you might be looking for either. Please clarify. Thanks.

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