General Guidelines

Below are our sitewide general guidelines in little bites. To view our samplers of poetry and prose, click here.

The Aesthetic 

  • We are open to many literary themes and poetic forms & styles. Never really pigeonholed ourselves to one market. We enjoy the succinct, the startling, and the sublime. Some humor will keep us turning pages. We will root for intimate characters & their relationships with whomever/whatever. Make sure we won't forget your name. 
  • Our preferences do not include straightforward genre fiction, erotica, and anything too niche or far-fetched. We are not a market for plays, screenwriting, academic articles, and art books. If you are unsure, please query before submitting.
  • A 3rd-person bio containing geographical and publication info is appreciated in the cover letter. Doesn't have to be extensive. Some of the best bios can be done in under 3 lines.
  • There may be times when we request a specific theme, genre, or manuscript. Please check the appropriate category for details.

The Pragmatic

  • All manuscripts must be original and unpublished. Previously published pieces within are alright (good job!) but must contain literary acknowledgment. If the journal/publisher is out of circulation or defunct (bummer...), please note accordingly. 
  • Reprints of previously published books (including self-published ones) are not accepted. Additionally, manuscripts that have been extraneously typeset or have mock cover spreads will be rejected. We just want the words.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Come on, who isn't? If a partial withdrawal is required, though, please message us. If it is a full withdrawal (congrats!), please use the 'Withdraw' function in Submittable
  • Regarding page layout, we request that the first page includes the manuscript title, name, and page count (chapbooks, poetry, short stories) or word count (full-length books). Simple. We will entrust you with the rest.

The Ethic

  • We absolutely will not accept any graphic violence, slurs, or other actions or symbols targeted toward peoples' race, religion, sexual orientation, or other personal identities, unless you empathize with such. We are not about that life.
  • Conversely, we highly encourage folks from historically marginalized demographics to submit. This can include but is not limited to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers.
  • While it is your work, it is our name stamped on top. We reserve the right to reject singular pieces or entire manuscripts at any time. This will hypothetically occur if the work conflicts with our values or if you are outed/convicted of some form of abuse.
  • It's tough out there, we understand. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, we implore you to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is toll-free and avaialble 24/7.


Thirty West Publishing is preparing for 2023-2024 and we want to read your best work. We are accepting full-length collections, chapbooks, and long-form prose. We will be open for submissions indefinitely until we find enough manuscripts to cover our calendar years. We encourage historically marginalized writers and debut authors to submit. As always, it is free to submit, with the option of tip jars or book purchases.

Breakdown of Categories

  • Chapbooks can be anything under 40 manuscript pages, including the title page, table of contents, and acknowledgments. If your manuscript happens to be longer after formatting, we will alert you for potential reclassification. 
  • Full-length poetry and short story collections can be anything under 200 manuscript pages, including the title page, table of contents, and acknowledgments.  Our sweet spots are 100 & 140 pages, respectively. 
  • Novellas can be anything under 20,000 words. Please limit to a max of 3 novellas in one manuscript.
  • There is no maximum word count for novels, essays, mixed-genre, or creative non-fiction manuscripts.

Technical Stuff

  • Please make sure the first page includes the manuscript title, your name, and page count (chapbooks, poetry, short stories) or word count (full-length books).
  • We accept .doc .docx and PDF files. Please make sure any images or special fonts are embedded and not corrupted.
  • If you're submitting a proposal of unfinished work or a spec, please make that your document upload. The same file types apply.
  • We strive to respond within 60 days of initial submission. You're welcome to email us for follow-up after 60 days have passed.

Please email us if you have any questions. Thanks for considering Thirty West for the home of your manuscript. Best of luck!

Thirty West Publishing House