General Guidelines

To view our samplers of poetry and prose, click here.


The Aesthetic 

  • We are open to many literary themes and poetic forms & styles. Our Samplers above are prime examples of our books. We enjoy the succinct, the startling, and the sublime. Some humor will keep us turning pages. Nature has been prevalent in the last few years. We root for intimate characters & their relationships with whomever or whatever. 
  • Genres we’re not actively marketing are straightforward genre fiction, erotica, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, or experimental in form. We are not a publisher for manuscripts of 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. We prefer shorter bios for typesetting books.
  • There may be periods when we request a specific theme, genre, or manuscript. Please double-check individual guidelines.

The Pragmatic

  • All manuscripts must be original and unpublished. Previously published pieces within are fine with acknowledgment. Please double-check individual guidelines.
  • Reprints of previously published books are not accepted. Additionally, manuscripts that have been extraneously typesetted or have mock cover spreads will be rejected.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If a partial withdrawal is required, please message us. If it is a full withdrawal, please use the 'Withdraw' function in Submittable.
  • Regarding page layout, we request that the first page include the manuscript title, name, and page count (chapbooks, poetry, short stories) or word count (full-length books). Please double-check individual guidelines.

The Ethic

  • We will not accept any graphic violence, racism, bigotry, or actions/symbols targeted toward peoples' race, religion, sexual orientation, or personal identities unless you empathize with such. 
  • We highly encourage writers from historically marginalized demographics to submit. 
  • We reserve the right to reject singular pieces or entire manuscripts at any time. 
  • 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.

 988 or 1-800-273-8255

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Afterimages, the Thirty West Substack, is reading essays, memoirs, serialized fiction, and book reviews. We're open to many interpretations of these categories, so send us something unique and timely. Unfortunately, there isn’t monetary compensation at this time. All accepted articles will obtain a light editorial from the TW staff, remain on Afterimages in perpetuity, and reach 1,000+ subscribers via email on the chosen publication day. We ask that TW obtains first publication rights and be acknowledged if submitted elsewhere. 



What we're looking for:
 

  • Essays, personal and craft.
  • Memoirs and vignettes. 
  • Book/chapbook reviews and author interviews.
  • Flash fiction & traditional short stories.
  • Serialized fiction or nonfiction (please provide sample & proposal.)
  • Semi-regular columns (please provide sample & proposal.)


Document details:
 

  • Default formatting (unless the piece requires something different) in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • Try to keep everything under 3,000 words.



As always, please consult our General Guidelines before submitting. We're looking forward to reading!

So, we're doing this little thing called #antiwrimo again. 3 novels in one book. No pressure!

There are 9 writers in this year's project and they could use all the support you can give. If you're a writer, you know that 'Draft 0' is only the first of many steps for a completed book. 

TW wishes to pay these writers with cash honorariums and contributor copies. Any funds donated here will be pooled and distributed evenly towards these compensations. Donators will be credited in the back matter of the finished book. Words of encouragement are appreciated and will be shared with the writers, too.

Write on, the #antiwrimo way.

$13.00

Thirty West's Wavelengths Chapbook Contest is back for its 8th consecutive year. This is an open call to an international audience.

For 2024, we're honored to have Shome Dasgupta, TW author of Tentacles Numbing and many other books, on board as our guest judge. 

The contest runs from January 27th (1/27) to March 17th (3/17) and submissions will be read on a rolling basis in ascending order.

The reading fee is $13 USD. 

There will be a blind longlist, a shortlist, and a sole winner selected this spring/summer with publication in the summer/fall. Manuscripts that are placed on the shortlist may be considered for a 2025 publication.

Are you on our wavelength?


 


Shome's ideal manuscript:

"I love all forms and styles of writing! I love to become lost in the magic of language and its sounds and rhythms and imagery and meaning. I love the journey from one word to the next until I find myself in new territories by the time I reach the end of each sentence. I love it all! I am humbled and grateful to share this experience with you, and thank you for sharing your worlds with us!"
 


 

About the guest judge:

Shome Dasgupta is the author of the novelThe Seagull And The Urn (HarperCollins India) which was republished asThe Sea Singer (Hachette UK/Headline Accent). His experimental young adult novellai am here And You Are Gone won the 2010 OW Press Contest. Most recently, he is the author of the novelsTentacles Numbing (Thirty West Publishing House),The Muu-Antiques (Malarkey Press) andCirrus Stratus (Spuyten Duyvil). His short story collections includeAnklet And Other Stories (Golden Antelope Press), andMute (Tolsun Books). He is also the author of the experimental book of epistolary prose calledSpectacles(Word West Press), the novelPretend I Am Someone You Like (Livingston Press), and a poetry collection,Iron Oxide (Assure Press). His prose collection of fiction and personal essays calledHistories Of Memories was published by Belle Point Press, and his short story collection,Atchafalaya Darling, will also be published by Belle Point Press in 2024.His fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared inMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency,American Book Review,New Orleans Review,Arkansas Review,New Delta Review,Necessary Fiction,Louisiana Literature,Jabberwock Review,Parentheses Journal,Magma Poetry, and elsewhere. His fiction and poetry have been anthologized inBest Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press),Best Small Fictions 2021 (Sonder Press),Best Small Fictions 2023 (Alternating Current Press),The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing (&Now Books), andPoetic Voices Without Borders 2 (Gival Press).His writing has been longlisted forThe Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize, and he was a finalist forThe Voyage YA First Chapters Contest. His work has been featured as astorySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story, and his stories and poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, Best Of The Net, Best Microfiction, and the Orison Anthology. He is currently the series editor of theWigleafTop 50. He took part in the Innovative Fiction panel, as a featured author, at the Louisiana Book Festival. He lives in Lafayette, LA and can be found at @laughingyeti.
 


 

Guidelines: 

  • Please take a look at our previously published chaps and books. Most TW chaps range from 28-42 pages in total. Exceptions on page count may be made based on the context or design of the manuscript.
  • Manuscripts can range from poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or a hybrid. See the Genre section in the form to label your manuscript.
  • Themes are open. We will not consider overarching genres such as erotica, fan fiction, academic essays, or manuscripts depicting hateful and racist elements.
  • Manuscripts, in their submitted form, must be currently unpublished.
  • Acknowledgments are not required when submitting, but we will ask for them if accepted.
  • Please insert a cover page with the manuscript name and the page/word count only.
  • Generally, 16-40 pages in total will suffice.
  • Forthcoming and past Thirty West authors are ineligible for this contest.


Rewards:

  • The winning author will receive a $850 USD honorarium, 10 author copies, and an official Thirty West Publishing book contract with royalties. This contract lasts a minimum of two years. Limited-edition print runs with unique designs and binding may be considered.
  • An online book launch with guest readers. If the winner is local to Philadelphia, PA, an in-person event will be considered.
  • The finished chapbook and subsequent print runs will be archived and sold through thirtywestph.com, indie bookstores, and fairs that we frequent. These include, but are not limited to: AWP, Brooklyn Book Fest, Baltimore Book Fest, Collingswood Book Fair, CLMP-sponsored events/listings, and be eligible for any applicable awards at the time.
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