Submissions

V. PRESS is currently closed to general poetry submissions.


The V. Press flash fiction (NOT poetry) submissions window is open from 24 June 2017 until 24 July 2017. Please make sure to follow all the submissions guidelines below.

(N.B. We are not currently open to general poetry submissions. However, if you are a poet already in discussions with us about a specific manuscript, this month would also be a good time to submit, before we re-open to poetry submissions generally.) Thank you.


If you wish to submit your manuscripts (poetry pamphlets/poetry collections/flash fiction pamphlets only) to V. Press, please make sure you submit within our relevant reading period/submissions window above and that you have read and followed our submission guidelines (below). We look forward to reading your work, thank you.

A new requirement in addition to those below is that authors include a short paragraph about one (or more) V. Press publication and why they liked it. This should help submitting authors to create a very, very statement that fits with V. Press, as well as presenting their own work at its best. (V. Press pamphlets may be found at The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre and there are sample poems, blurbs, reviews and recommendations for our titles on this website.)

GUIDELINES, PRESENTATION OF WORK & CONDITIONS

Stage 1: Submissions of a small sample of poems/flashes from the complete pamphlet/collection should be made as detailed below. From this a longlist will be drawn. Once those on the longlist have been contacted, they will have a month to submit their full pamphlet/collection.

Stage 2: A shortlist will be drawn up, from which we will select those poetry pamphlets/collections that  we are able to offer publication to. A standard publishing contract, author discount, and expected publication date will then be discussed and agreed on an individual basis with the selected authors.

NB Please do not submit your work if you are not prepared to discuss possible editing suggestions. While we have no wish to be heavy-handed with authors on this front, we will not publish anything that we are not happy with in terms of the quality.

Stage 1 Submission

1)      A sample of ten single-sided A4 pages of poetry or fifteen single-sided pages of flash fiction from a finished manuscript should be sent via email as one MS Word or pdf document, with a front page stating all the poem/flash fiction titles and the title of the overall pamphlet/collection. If you are submitting poetry, please specify whether the submission is for a pamphlet (up to 25 pages of poetry/flashes) or a full collection (40+ pages of poetry).

2)  The front page should also include a 200-300 statement about what makes the complete pamphlet/collection ‘very very’. This is the author’s chance to sell both the work (as might, for example, be found on the back of the book or in a blurb for the V. Press website) and also outline what makes it the right fit for V. Press’s list. This list is open to be defined by the books that we publish, so please do impress, surprise and wow us.

3)      General conditions also apply (see below).

4)      Email to: vpresspoetryAThotmailDOTcom during relevant submission windows only.

5)      Please read these guidelines and conditions carefully. Any submissions that do not follow them are likely to be returned unread, or may not receive a reply at all.

General Conditions

1) POETRY: The maximum number of lines of poetry per page is 30 lines, not including titles/stanza breaks.The poetry may be in any style but only one poem per page.

2) FLASH FICTION. The absolute maximum word count for each flash fiction is 1000 words. However, it is worth noting that our general preferences tend to be towards shorter flash fictions. Please double space flash fiction submissions.

3)  Each submission should include a cover email with the author’s name, pamphlet/collection title and full contact details (postal address, email address, contact telephone, real name and the name under which the collection would be published, if this is different to the poet’s real name).

4)  The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.

5)  Manuscripts should be sent as one attachment in MS Word or pdf File formats to: vpresspoetryAThotmailDOTcom.

6) The work must be original and written in English.

7)  At this stage, the author must be a U.K. resident and currently living in the U.K.

8) Poems/flash fictions included may have been published elsewhere, but not as a complete work (pamphlet/collection..) or as a significant proportion of another complete work (ie no more than 30% previously published in one pamphlet/collection/anthology…).

9) All poems/flash fictions submitted must be original work by the submitter. The submitter must be the copyright holder.

10) Translated, illustrated and posthumous work is not currently eligible for consideration.

11) Submissions which are collaborative or written by several authors won't be considered.

12) Submission is deemed as acceptance of these conditions.

F.A.Q.

I'm based overseas, will you consider my collection?

At the moment, no. The reasons for this are not just for the press's benefit but for the benefit for the poets. We are a new press. Although, we have big aims and do intend to increase our scope internationally, we do feel that we need to break ourselves in properly on home territory first.

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