post ghost press press is currently closed for submissions. Anything sent to us before submissions reopen may not receive a response. Our next reading period will open late 2019 or early 2020.
how to submit
- Send subs to email@example.com
- Attach as .doc or .docx files. No PDFs, please!
- Address your email to Dessa
what to include
- Intended submission category (e.g. small poems for the masses, microchap, broadside), preferably in the email subject line
- Your name and preferred pronouns
- A 50ish-word bio
- Your hometown, because we have a soft spot for hometowns (optional)
- Self-identification as part of a marginalized group (optional, if comfortable)
Please note that we do not and most likely never will publish traditional chapbooks, full-length poetry or prose manuscripts, or book reviews.
We prefer to publish Canadian writers but consider work from all over the world. We strongly encourage women, LGBTQ+, POC, disabled writers, and other minority groups to submit. If you are comfortable identifying as one of these groups, please note it in your cover letter.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Just let us know as soon as you can if your submitted piece is picked up somewhere else.
At this time, you should hear back about your submission within a month. It might take a little longer. It might be a lot faster. We’re doing our best, which takes many forms.
Please note that all projects for the foreseeable future will be published in a format of six pages (plus front and back cover) of approximately 4″ high and 3″ wide. Notes on how to best fit this format are included in the descriptions of microchaps and small poems for the masses; if your project falls outside of these suggested guidelines, please include how your project will fit these physical specs. They are, for now, non-negotiable.
post ghost press is a safe space: any submission including homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic, misogynist, racist, anti-Semetic, Islamophobic, or needlessly violent content will remain unanswered. We also reserve the right to remove content from our catalogue and listings if the creator turns out to subscribe to anything abusive described above; this includes gaslighting, harassing, or sexually abusing anyone in the literary community or beyond. We shouldn’t have to spell this out, but we do. We don’t have time for your bullshit. Be better.
notes on copyright and payment
Your work is valuable, and post ghost is committed to paying its contributors: each microchapbook author receives an honorarium of $10 CAD and ten copies of the book with the option to purchase more at cost. Contributors to small poems for the masses will receive an honorarium of $5 and five copies of the issue, with the option to purchase more at cost. These are small amounts, but also note that post ghost press is totally volunteer-run and only receives funding through sales and donations.
post ghost press retains first north american serial rights to your piece; after publication, rights return to you. Should we wish to reprint, anthologize, or publish your piece(s) online, we’ll talk to you first.