Note: As of 2018, we are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts. We now edit Unbroken Journal, a quarterly dedicated to prose poetry. Submit there! If we publish your work, you will be among those we may invite to submit chapbook manuscripts. If you get published in more than one issue, you may certainly express your interest in submitting a White Knuckle prose poetry chapbook. Just email us at email@example.com.
For invitees: See below.
We seek chapbook manuscripts of 12-14 prose poems, typically no longer than 100 words each, for digital publication.
Manuscripts should be submitted as either a Word (.doc) file or a rich text file (.rtf) attached to an e-mail that serves as your cover letter. Please do not send a .pdf file. Those are too difficult to transfer onto our website.
Be sure to provide contact information.
The manuscript should contain a cover note, a title page, a table of contents, the poems, and a brief author's bio. It should also include a statement of artistic or writing philosophy. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, this will serve as the introduction. Each prose poem should be on its own separate page. It isn't necessary for the prose poems to form a series or sequence, but a common theme or style or structure would be a plus.
Send up to 15 poems, but understand we typically will want to end up with 10-12 poems in the collection.
We would prefer unpublised work. If any of the poems have been published, include an acknowledgment page with the manuscript. Please don't send manuscripts unless most of the poems are unpublished.
Our definition of prose poetry leans more toward poetry than prose. We appreciate energy, daring, humor (particularly of the black or ironic kind), and freshness. We admire the prose poems of Rimbaud, Elke Erb, Russell Edson, and Charles Simic.
For us, prose poems do not include line breaks. We say that because we get a number of submissions of poems with line breaks. We don't consider those for this publication.
NOTE: We have received a number of submissions of poems which aren't prose poems.
We're only looking for prose poems.
We gotta fever, and the only cure is prose poems.
If we offer to publish your work, we reserve the right to set some conditions. For example, we occasionally suggest new titles. We will consult and collaborate with the author on the title and the design, but we reserve the right to make the final decision regarding these. That said, our goal is always to end up with a presentation of your work that makes you proud.