Visual Poetry Series Submission Guidelines

We will accept submissions for our Visual Poetry Series through our open reading period, which will run from June 2017 – August 31, 2017. Previous books in our visual poetry series include Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours by Bianca Stone, Book of No Ledge by Nance Van Winckel, and In Between: Poetry Comics by Mita Mahata, which will be released in Fall 2017. We have also published Sophia & The Boy Who Fell, a visual-literary collaboration between Sarah Nguyen and Traci Brimhall for young audiences. All volumes in the Visual Poetry Series are printed in full-color editions and are distributed widely by LSU Press. The reading fee for submissions during this period is $20 and all those who pay this fee will receive a book from the Visual Poetry Series of their choosing.

We are open to any and all interpretations of “visual poetry” — collages, comics, erasures, obliteratures, illustrated creative writing, etc., etc. We define the word “poetry” broadly and loosely when it comes to this series. Surprise us! Your manuscript should be a minimum of 60 pages and can be as long as you like.

We can accept .doc, .docx, and .pdf files. When saving your file, please choose to save as the smallest possible file size, so our servers don’t become overwhelmed by large files. (If we choose to publish your book, we’ll request high-resolution files at that time.)

To submit your visual poetry manuscript please complete the following two steps:

  1. Go HERE (to the University of Central Missouri online marketplace) to pay the $20 reading fee.
  2. After you have paid your fee, go to pleiadessubmissions.com to upload your manuscript to our submission manager. Please put your order number in the comments fields of the submission manager. If you wish to receive a book from the Visual Poetry Series, please also indicate the title of the book you would like to receive and the mailing address we should send it to in the comments field as well. (We will mail books out in August at the end of this open reading period.)

You may also choose to submit your manuscript the old-fashioned way by mailing it (and your check for the reading fee) to:

Pleiades Press
Department of English & Philosophy
Martin Hall 336
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093