Submit to Our Open Reading Period
Unicorn Press seeks to publish excellent works of poetry that are unlikely to find a home elsewhere. We do not publish short fiction, non-fiction, novels, science fiction, how-to or self-help books, reference texts, individual poems, or children’s literature.
We have two open reading periods: the fall reading period is 1 October to 31 December, and the spring period is 1 April to 30 June. Work that is received outside of these reading periods will not be considered. We accept open reading submissions through our online submission manager and through the mail.
NOTE: Separately from the open reading periods, we also accept submissions for our First Book Competition from 1 April to 31 May—if you intend to submit your manuscript for the First Book Award, please see our guidelines here.
ONLINE OPEN READING PERIOD SUBMISSIONS: Log into our online submission manager and upload your work. If applicable, include an acknowledgments page detailing previous publications of work in the collection. Select the "Open Reading Period" option under "Submission type," and submit a brief cover letter in the comments field. We are able to respond to unsolicited manuscripts within three to four months. If you send us your work through the online manager, do not submit it by mail.
OPEN READING SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL: Send your manuscript with an SASE we may use to send our response. In the event the manuscript is not selected, we will send notice by email if no SASE has been supplied. If you would like us to return your manuscript, make sure your SASE is sized appropriately and carries sufficient postage. If applicable, include an acknowledgments page detailing previous publications of work in the manuscript. If you would like to know when your manuscript has arrived at the press, include a self-addressed postcard with your submission, and we will drop it in the mail upon receipt of your materials. Do not submit your manuscript online if you send it by mail. We are able to respond to unsolicited manuscripts within three to four months. Direct manuscripts to the following address:
Post Office Box 5523
Greensboro, NC 27435