PLEASE READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES before you submit your work to this or any journal. Seriously. You're wasting our time & money with each piece we have to decline due to identifying information or disqualifying features (swearing, sexual content, unnecessary violence, racism, misogyny, etc.), and that makes us a little sad.

We read BLIND. No author name or address on the manuscript or file name. The Title space on Submittable should only contain the title of the work. Your name and bio goes in the blank marked Cover Letter. All submitted material should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced.

Add us to your address book so our reply doesn't end up in your spam folder! We can be very quick with our replies, sometimes within just a few days for fiction and lyric essays but up to 180 days or more for some lyric essays and most book manuscripts. Check your spam if you haven't heard from us within a week or so, but best to add us to your address book to be safe.

Further, we attempt to better show you what we like via our occasional newsletter. Simply check the box at the end of the submission category when you submit if you'd like to receive that. We promise not to fill it with fluff, but with helpful information and updates.

Ordering a copy never hurts. 
Issues 1 & 2 - SOLD OUT
Issue 3 - this is our annual lyric essay edition

Coming Summer 2018:  "Best Lyric Essays Plus" print anthology - Top selections from Issues 1 - 6

Remember to always send us your very best!
​If it helps you decide what to send, please know that we enjoy short, pithy, language-driven work that makes sense. We love beauty and lyricism.

Best wishes and thank you for including us in your list of possible publication credits!
Eastern Iowa Review

Ends on March 31, 2018$20.00
$20.00
Q & A for Port Yonder Press's 2018 Mary Hunter Austin Book Award

Q: When are submissions open for this award?
A: October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

Q: What are your preferred genres for nonfiction?
A: Essay collections, prose poetry collections, nature writing, environment, focus on Midwest, Southwest, Plains states, Northwest, Deep South, Rocky or Appalachian Mountains culture (or any strongly place-based culture), woodswoman/woodsman (think Anne Labastille or Thoreau's Walden), hybrid works, cross-genre, etc. Lyric works especially welcome. 50 to 300 double-spaced pages.

NOTE: We consider "prose" poetry to be that which adheres to paragraph form rather than standard poetry forms. This is just our interpretation in an effort to distinguish prose poetry from all other poetry forms.

Q: What about for fiction?
A:  Contemporary westerns, mountains culture, southern culture (or other place-based culture - see list above), mystery, spy, speculative fiction, hybrid works, cross-genre, etc. Lyric works especially welcome. 50 to 300 double-spaced pages.

Q: Are these the only genres you'll look at?
A: No, these are preferred, but we'll look at anything well-written that adheres to the rest of our considerations.

Q: Will you look at horror, erotica, and others with a maturer theme?
A: All work should be suitable for a wide audience. 

Q: Will you accept simultaneous submissions?
A: Absolutely, but do inform us if your work is chosen by another publisher before you hear back from us. Also, please do not contact us regarding the status of your manuscript. All submissions will be responded to within a month of the close of the submission period, most often sooner.

Q: Will you accept previously published or self-published works?
A: Absolutely no self-published works, please, and collections of previously published essays, short stories, or prose poetry are fine if the collection itself has not been previously published. 

Q: If my work is chosen by another publisher or I have to withdraw it for another reason, can I get a refund?
A: No, sorry. This is a contest. If you must withdraw, consider your entry fee as a donation to a worthy literary cause.

Q: Will you be able to comment on my manuscript?
A: In rare cases, we may, especially if it is close to our ideal, but in general, no, we can't guarantee comments.

Q: What does the award include?
A: Award includes print (and, most likely, Kindle) publication, $300, and 10 copies of the award-winning book. Additional author copies will be offered at a reduced rate. (All details subject to change with each new term.)

Q: Is there a reading fee?
A: Reading fee per submission is $20. Enter as many times as you like, but once we've declined a submission, we can't reconsider it at a later date.

Q: I tried to submit something and the link was not available during your reading period. What's going on?
A: ​Submissions close for a given month once 300 submissions have been received. The link will open again at the beginning of the following month. We suggest that you submit within the first two or three weeks of a reading month, in case we reach our quota early.

See the rest of the guidelines on our website.
This is our first online-only lyric essay edition, though we will be anthologizing the best from our first six issues in a print copy, expected release: Summer, 2018.

NOTE: WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on the essay itself or on the title of the essay file or in the "Title" line submitted to Submittable. Identification on an essay will disqualify the work. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable labeled "cover letter."

Please read our page on the Lyric Essay before you submit.
What we seek:

  1. Lyric & hybrid essays up to 3,000 words. For flash pieces and prose poetry, send as many as wish as long as the total doesn't exceed 3000 words.  $100 Editor's Choice Lyric Essay Award. $5 entry fee.  An honorable mention may also be chosen,and will receive a $7 honorarium. Enter as many times as you wish, but only submit new material once you've heard back from us. As always, work must be smart, lyrical, family-friendly, and emphasize the "good spaces" even in the midst of darker elements. No poetry this issue. You must have a Paypal account to receive payment. If you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.
  2. Send material in its final form, as we cannot allow substantial changes once we receive your work. We will edit to catch small things you may have missed, then we'll send the edits for your approval.
Reading period: October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Please give us several months, and up to six months, to review and respond to your submission. Winning entry will be announced early to mid-April.

NOTE: We consider "prose" poetry to be that which adheres to paragraph form rather than standard poetry forms. This is just our interpretation in an effort to distinguish prose poetry from all other poetry forms.
If you feel your work is especially exceptional, we suggest you enter it in our CONTEST ENTRY category with the accompanying $7 reading fee for a chance at the $100 award.

This is our first online-only lyric essay edition, though we will be anthologizing the best from our first six issues in a print copy, expected release: Summer, 2018. 

NOTE: WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on the essay itself or on the title of the essay file or in the "Title" line submitted to Submittable. Identification on an essay will disqualify the work. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable labeled "cover letter."

Please read our page on the Lyric Essay before you submit.
What we seek:
  1. Lyric & hybrid essays up to 3,000 words. For flash pieces and prose poetry, send as many as wish as long as the total doesn't exceed 3000 words. This year we have two categories: 1) Free Entry & 2) Contest Entry. 
  2. Free Entry: No reading fee. $7 for accepted work. Submit as many times as you wish, but only after you've heard back from us. As always, work must be smart, lyrical, family-friendly, and emphasize the "good spaces" even in the midst of darker elements. You must have a Paypal account to accept payment. If you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.
  3. Send material in its final form, as we cannot allow substantial changes once we receive your work. We will edit to catch small things you may have missed, then we'll send the edits for your approval.
Reading period: October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Please give us several months, and up to six months, to review and respond to your submission, though generally we hope to reply within a month or so.

NOTE: We consider "prose" poetry to be that which adheres to paragraph form rather than standard poetry forms. This is just our interpretation in an effort to distinguish prose poetry from all other poetry forms.
Ends on March 31, 2018
  • Cover artwork for this lyric essay edition is welcome. No photography.
  • $7 for accepted artwork. You must have a Paypal account if you wish to receive payment. If you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.
  • All artwork should satisfy general community standards of decency.
  • Submit up to 6 pieces at a time.
  • Something pretty or a little surreal would be very nice.
BLIND SUBMISSIONS ONLY - Remove all identifying information from your manuscript and file name. The Title blank on Submittable should only contain the title of the work, NOT your name. Your name goes in the Cover Letter space, along with a brief bio.

WIDE AUDIENCE content only. That is, watch the swearing, sexual content, adult innuendo, coarse jokes, unnecessary violence, etc. Of course, anything containing abusive, misogynistic, racist, or other offensive or non-family-friendly content will be declined.

Please only submit one submission in one genre until you hear back from us in that genre, though you can submit material to several genres at the same time. Simultaneous submissions are fine. No reading fee.
  • Contemporary Mystery
  • Contemporary Spy
  • Contemporary Woods / Western / Mountain / Appalachian
  • Dark Fiction -- but no straight-up horror, please. Examples might include works such as Fahrenheit 451The RoadDracula1984Animal FarmThe Handmaid's Tale, and such
  • Debut Author (two or fewer previous publishing credits, age 18 and over), any genre
  • Fan Fiction (video games, movies, books)
  • Literary Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Young Author (please submit in this category if you're 17 or younger), any genre
Up to 2000 words per story.

Pay is $5 per accepted story via Paypal onlyIf you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.

Query for longer works with a short 50 word summary, AND the first 500 words of the story. Include total word count in summary. Use "Query for Longer Works" category on Submittable.

Accepted authors must acknowledge publishing agreement. Some or all work may be included in a future anthology with no further remuneration to author.

Unpublished work only. No reprints.

You should hear back from us by the first week of the following month. Selected work will appear online first or second week of the month after submission.
Query for works over 2000 words. Include a short 50 word summary, AND the first 500 words of the story pasted into the COVER LETTER box here on Submittable. Include total word count as well.

We will either Accept or Decline your request to send a longer work. If accepted, you can send your file via another Submittable submission and it will go through the usual channels at that time. NO email entries.
$3.50 will get your work read in 30 days (or less). THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO OUR CONTEST ENTRIES.  Contest entries must use the category designed for that. This donation does not guarantee acceptance or an in-depth reply/comments or any comments at all for that matter. Much will depend on our workload, but do realize that every donation is very much appreciated!

Please read our full website guidelines before submitting:  http://www.portyonderpress.com/guidelines.html

WE READ "BLIND" - No identifying information on submissions, please, or we'll have to decline it, even if you've paid the expedited reading fee. (Do, however, be sure to include your information on the Submittable block labelled "cover letter.") Also, save yourself some money by realizing that all submissions must be suitable for a wide audience (family-friendly).

If we choose your work, you must have a Paypal account to accept payment. If you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.