Gay^ Book Lovers Unite: call for submissions
Please submit by April 14, 2017 at midnight (Eastern time)
Want to have some literary geniuses with sensitive hearts read your
Metonymy is a Montreal-based press that publishes literary fiction and nonfiction by emerging writers. We try to reduce barriers to publishing for authors whose perspectives are underrepresented in order to produce quality materials relevant to queer, feminist, and social justice communities.
We're trying out a new thing, by opening up acquisitions beyond the two co-publishers
to a little jury of people who we’ve worked with and who have shown love for
the project over the past couple years:
Helen Chau Bradley, jia qing wilson-yang, and Kama La Mackerel***
They’ll read your
work, choose one manuscript they would like to see published next, and give some
substantive feedback to the writers whose work most strikes their fancy.
interests the jury will be on their radar and ours, and we can’t wait to see
what comes in.
The author of the jury’s
chosen manuscript will receive $500 and a fall 2017 publishing
contract with Metonymy Press. We don’t require any $ from you (beyond the
submission fee described below).
We’re accepting creative
fiction and nonfiction (specifically, short story collections,
novels, novellas, memoirs, and personal essay collections) from anyone residing
in so-called canada.
Please submit one
section (e.g., a chapter, around 20 pages) of your working manuscript,
along with a one-page introduction including how you self-identify as well as of yourself as a writer in relation
to the piece.
The jury members
will read your bio, but they will not see your name or what you pay in submission fees. Please don't include your name on the excerpt you send.
The turnaround is
quick, though, and we will ultimately be working with your full manuscript, even
if it is a very rough draft. That means that by mid-May, if you are shortlisted, we’ll need your 30,000+ word draft.
Submission fee is sliding scale, $7-25.
announced the person we’re going to work with, those of us at Metonymy, Ashley
and Oliver, will take on our usual roles as publishers, so you would be working
mainly with us for the next steps (editing, tour, publicity).
If you want to donate to the process but don’t (want to) write, you can do
If you want to submit but can't pay the fee, please let us know, and we’ll accommodate.
submissions process remains open at this time. As many of you who have
submitted in the past know, you will need to be patient re: those replies, but
we do get back to everyone.
Please take a
look at our previous titles here and our brief mandate here for an idea
about whether your work will be a good fit for Metonymy. If it’s not, we can try
to direct you elsewhere!
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
^ We use this term in both an open-ended and
tongue-in-cheek way. You don’t need to be a “gay” person to submit.