"An independent press based in Frankfort, Kentucky. While specializing in poetry, we publish works in a variety of genres, from both established and emerging writers."
"We accept submissions in English (translations and bi-lingual manuscripts are allowed), from authors living at least part of the year in North America. While we appreciate the wealth of global literature, as a small press with very limited marketing resources we do not feel that we can serve the needs of authors elsewhere in the world."
We publish relatively little fiction, and while we are open to submissions please note that as primarily a publisher of poetry, we are keenly interested in language, far more so that plot and characters. If your work is intended for the mainstream fiction market, you will be better served (and more likely to be accepted) by a publisher knowledgeable of that market (we're not). But if your fiction uses language in an original and compelling fashion, by all means let us take a look.
Aside from the list of topics we don't publish at the top of the page, bear in mind that we are a literary publisher and thus not likely to be interested in books that stray too far from the world of arts and letters. But we are open to art, memoir, biographies, critical literary essays, and social and cultural history.
We are excited by language and are drawn to original and striking imagery, and we are open to both formal and free verse. We are far more interested in how you write than what you write about. Like Emily, we want to feel the top of our head coming off when we read! We favor narrative poetry, and thematic collections over works that are simply assemblages of individual poems.
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We are NOT currently reading unsolicited submissions, while we catch up on the many exciting new titles currently in our queue. We anticipate resuming open reading on September 1, 2022, but check back here periodically for updates on this schedule.
Broadstone Books is always looking for exciting new writers to add to our roster. We are willing to consider work in most genres, including poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, though be advised we do not publish children's literature, self-help, religion and spirituality, erotica, or technical/professional subject matter.
You may submit either a sample or your full manuscript for consideration; if the former, please send 10 to 12 pages of representative poetry, or a single story or chapter of prose, and we will let you know if we would like to read your full work.
For samples we try to respond within two months. For full-length manuscripts we can take three months or longer to respond.