NEW RIVERS PRESS seeks submissions for the anthology Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Lyric Prose. Though “ecstatic” is often used as a synonym for “joy,” our application of the term embodies the entire emotional palette and is open to any ego-effacing experience of one-ness. Profound grief or outrage can access the ecstatic—as can experiences of extreme pleasure, pain, and wonder. It can explore the profane as much as the sacred and is often an expression of both. So, whirl like a dervish and send us your yawps, pleas, prayers, and curses. Your untamed and uncontained. Submit three to five poems, prose poems, or lyric nonfiction shorts.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Submissions may be previously published in journals but not in a collection unless the author owns the rights.
We're looking for book-length manuscripts in any genre: stories, novels, memoirs, poems, experimental and hybrid forms. We will consider work of every character. Include contact information and a brief artistic biography with publication history. If you're sending a novel or memoir, include a brief synopsis, no longer than two or three paragraphs.
This year, New Rivers has elected to charge a small $5 reading fee for our general submissions period in efforts to help offset the cost of publishing and marketing the books we publish. However, in an attempt to not be prohibitive to our submitters, we will keep the first two weeks free of charge: March 25 - April 7. Then the remainder of the submission window will have the $5 fee. We appreciate your understanding.
Note: Please only submit completed manuscripts. As a small operation, we do not have the resources to field book proposals or samples, and we would much rather see your entire manuscript as it is rather than only a sample (this includes individual short stories). We want to judge what you have written on its own merits and not on a possible future manuscript based on a proposal or sample. Thank you for your consideration; we look forward to reading your work.
Note 2: As a small non-profit press, we subsist off the submissions of authors and off the donations of invested parties. This year, we have once again included an optional donation feature below. Donating will have no impact on the reading of your manuscript or on our decisions to accept a submission, but we do appreciate the support from anyone who is willing and able to contribute to our operations. Either way, thank you for thinking of New Rivers Press.