updated 1 September 2016
fiction, poetry, literary essays, travel narratives, translation, novelettes in verse / flash
We are open to many genres and themes, but are especially interested in works related to our mission: Exploring the world, one voice at a time. Our mission applies to cultural, geographical, temporal, and ecological definitions of “world.” We seek manuscripts that are an escape from the everyday — be it a cleansing laugh, a cathartic cry, a virtual holiday, or even a respite from predictable plots. We enjoy quirky characters, voices that take a chance, translation of emerging poets, humor, and word-play. Please, surprise us.
- We are only open to unsolicited queries for chapbook-length manuscripts. Going forward all full-length books will only be on a solicited basis, from our chapbook authors who have demonstrated professionalism and community spirit. We define chapbook-length as 5,000-10,000 words of prose or 24-48 poems.
- We only read paper queries that we receive via US Postal Service. Any emailed queries/unsolicited-manuscripts will be automatically deleted. Any queries/manuscripts received on CD-rom or other digital media will be discarded without being read.
special call: novelettes in verse/flash
We are seeking to develop an appreciation for stories told in small segments, much like mosaic art uses small tiles to develop a large image. As such, we launched a Mosaic line of novels in spring 2014 with Darla K. Crist’s Catherine Sophia’s Elbow. Though we no longer consider novel-length works, we are still looking for novelette-length works of 35-50 poems, flash fiction stories, or any other short form that employs white space as an intentional element. Please explore Samantha Priestley’s Orange Balloon and Marcus Speh’s Gisela (forthcoming), for additional models of what we’re looking for.
submitting your query
Queries must be sent via postal mail to:
Folded Word LLC
Attn: Barbara Flaherty, Acquisitions
79 Tracy Way
Meredith, NH 03253
and should include a cover letter, three sample pages, and a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (non-US residents may skip the stamp). Your cover letter should not exceed two pages; it must include:
- Introductory remarks regarding your manuscript plus your contact and biographical information
- Title of the chapbook and byline as you want your name to appear
- Genre and type (i.e. poetry chapbook, travel essay collection, short story chapbook, etc.)
- URL of an online social media account where you interact with the general public
- Three reading venues you would pursue upon publication
- The title of your favorite Folded Word chap/book and why it influenced you to query us.
Despite requiring a printed query packet, we are ecologically aware. We encourage you to print double-sided and fold the submission into a business (#10) or 6×9” envelope to save on postage and paper.
Please be sure you have read some of our 2016 titles prior to submitting so that you get a better feel for what we’re currently looking for in a manuscript. We will make every effort to respond to your query within 60 days. As of the 2017 list, we will only publish 6 titles per year, so we are highly selective. Since we are a small all-volunteer press, we do not offer an advance. However we do offer royalties along with contributor and review copies. We also believe in a robust editorial process. Be sure to take all of these considerations into account before deciding to submit your query to us.
our acquisitions process & current response times
Query Received: Review Stage 1
- Current response time: up to 60 days from receipt
- We will mail you a postcard when we have received your query packet.
- Once your query has been reviewed, you will either receive a postcard asking for the full manuscript OR a note in your SASE letting you know that we’ve decided to pass.
Manuscript Received: Review Stage 2
- Current response time: up to 180 days from receipt
- Please note: .DOC/.DOCX files are collected by the Editor in Chief and distributed to our out-of-state editors, who read them on their Kindles. Please respect their time and let us know at this stage if your manuscript is under active review at another press. Acquisition discussions at this stage are done via email, and include factors related to the individual manuscript AND the annual series it’s being considered for.
- We will send you a quick “got it” email when your file is received.
- Once your file has been reviewed, you will either receive a letter offering publication OR a note in your SASE letting you know that we’ve decided to pass.
Offer of Publication: Contract Negotiations
- If you receive a letter from the Acquisitions Editor offering publication, you should also receive a copy of our standard contract from the Editor in Chief within 10 days.
- Terms are then clarified/discussed via email.
- If/when terms are agreed, the Editor in Chief will send you a personalized, final copy of the contract to sign.
Acceptance: Contract Signed
- When the Editor in Chief has received and recorded your signed contract, you will receive an email from her in-house address with further instructions.
- ONLY at this point should you consider your manuscript “accepted” and the news publicly shareable.
Have a poem that’s 10 lines or less?
We are taking electronic submissions for the relaunch of our e-zine, unFold. Simply fill out the form here: