2023 Open Reading Period Selections

We are delighted to announce the roster of manuscripts that we have accepted from our 2023 Open Reading Periods! We look forward to publishing these titles in 2025 and early 2026.


The Elsewhere Oracle by Michele Battiste, poems and oracle deck

The Girl with the Black Lipstick by Mary Biddinger, novella

Get Funky, Get Swoll by Akhim Cabey, poetry

Ghetto Koans by James Cagney, poetry

supreme night by Keith Donnell Jr., poetry

A Brief History of the Midwest by Andrew Grace, poetry

Worth Burning by Mickie Kennedy, poetry

Habitat by Case Q. Kerns, novel

Any Gesture by Whitney Koo, poetry

The Axe and The Ice: Writing as a Way of Life by Brian Morton, essays

Shedding Season by Jane Morton, poetry

All the Lands We Inherit by Darby Price, poetry

Esquire Ball, Stories from the Great Black Swamp by Lisa Slage Robinson, linked stories

The Maps They Gave Us: One Marriage Reimagined by Wayne Scott, memoir

Birth Center in Corporate Woods by BJ Soloy, poetry

moon moon by July Westhale, poetry


Have a manuscript you think we’d like? During our June Open Reading Period we are looking for poetry (chapbooks and full-length collections), short fiction (again, both chapbooks and full-length collections), novels, novellas, nonfiction (CNF, biography, cultural studies), and anthology proposals. Also, our St. Lawrence Book Award for debut authors is currently open to early bird submissions.