V Press LC Welcomes Your Submissions Year Round
We invite submissions from anyone, anywhere in the world, and we look forward to reading each entry.
V Press LC accepts any of these genres for general submission: Poetry Book, Poetry Chapbook, Prose Chapbook, Novel, Nonfiction, Graphic, Flash, Short Stories, Essays, Letters, or Hybrid Manuscripts.
RUNNING WITH WATER (Published odd-numbered years) SUBMISSIONS include Short Stories, Essays, Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction, and Short Graphic Novel or Essay Entries.
GENERAL BOOK SUBMISSIONS will be accepted year round. These can be from any of the categories listed below. V Press LC offers a competitive book contract for authors we publish.
Book Genres We Publish
CHAPBOOK must be large enough for perfect printing-approximately 70 poems.
COMPILATION Compilation pieces can consist of letters, essays, short stories, micro fiction, or a combination of writing styles–if unsure contact us and we will let you know if your work qualifies. Keep in mind that this is not a poetry book/chapbook submission category–poetry will only be accepted if it is part of a hybrid piece.
What we like
V Press LC loves to read fresh and original works. We lean more towards writing that empowers, educates, inspires, encourages or moves us in some way–the best works are those that get into the bones and the reader carries them around for a while. But know that there are some works we will publish simply for the enjoyment of reading them. Submit and surprise us. We love to be surprised.
What we don’t want
V Press LC does not want to see any works involving child abuse, graphic sexual deviations, horror, or anything that is just plainly too graphic for general adult audiences. If it disturbs the general reader then it’s not for us.
The following are more works that we are not interested in seeing/reading: self-help & ‘how-to,’ religion and spirituality, erotica, textbooks, or technical/professional works.
What you get
Authors will be offered a competitive book contract if their submission is chosen for publication.
Rights & Rules
Multiple submissions are allowed and encouraged, but each submission must be accompanied with a reading fee.
Simultaneous submissions are also welcome and encouraged. Kindly let us know if your submission has been accepted elsewhere.
Submit only the first three chapters instead of the full manuscript. Include the table of contents if necessary and a 2-3 page synopsis (for novel, story compilations or nonfiction book entries) after the title page. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt. font, and submit your document as a Word attachment. If we are interested, we’ll request the full manuscript (there will be no reading fee for this request).
We ask for First Rights for pieces published in RUNNING WITH WATER, our bi-annual literary anthology.
Response times can vary. However, the current response time is generally 3 to 5 month–though it can take longer if we have a lot of submissions in the slush pile. Response time, of course, depends on many factors: number of submissions, length of submissions, and more. We assure you that we will work as fast as humanly possible to reply in a timely manner while still giving your manuscript the full attention and review that it deserves.
Submit your best.