Open Reading Period
Wendy’s Subway is pleased to announce its second reading period for full-length manuscripts. We seek submissions of innovative, hybrid, and cross-genre work that charts new possibilities and expressions of poetic form.
The winner will author a publication with Wendy’s Subway, receive an honorarium of $1,000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 author copies.
Deadline and Announcement
Submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2020. The winning book will be announced in Winter 2020-2021 and published in Fall 2021.
Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of poetry, prose, drawing and architecture. She is the author of thirteen published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013) and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—as well as two collections of drawings, Prose Architectures (2017) and One Long Black Sentence, a series of white ink drawings on black paper, indexed by Fred Moten (2020). Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Paris Review, Gulf Coast, Granta, Harper's, BOMB magazine, e-flux and n+1. She has been awarded fellowships, artist grants, and residencies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) among others. Currently, she is writing and presenting a series of talks on moving architectures, scoring invisibility, and drawing writing as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. She makes her home in New England with poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.
The call is open to writers at any stage of their career. Wendy’s Subway is committed to a publishing practice that amplifies marginalized and underrepresented writers.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but should the manuscript be accepted for publication elsewhere, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible and withdraw your Submittable application.
Format and Guildlines
Please submit a manuscript of 40 pages or more of original work. While excerpts from the manuscript may have been previously published (as chapbooks, online, or in journals and anthologies), the manuscript as a whole should reflect a new and unpublished work. Your manuscript may include visual art and illustrations. It may not be a translation of another author’s writing and should reflect your original work. Collaborations are accepted. Please include page numbers, a title page, table of contents, and acknowledgements listing previous publications (if applicable). Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. You may only submit one manuscript for consideration. You will not have the opportunity to make any edits or revisions to your manuscript in Submittable once it has been submitted. The winning author will have time to revise the manuscript once it has been accepted. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our publishing initiative and public programs to learn more about the mission and activities of Wendy’s Subway.
Conflict of Interest
Wendy’s Subway abides by the Code of Ethics developed by the Community of Literary Magazines and Publishers (see below). We are committed to fairly and ethically evaluating each and every submission. A group of external readers will review all applications anonymously, before the judge selects a manuscript through anonymous review from a group of 10 finalists. Close friends, relatives, colleagues, and students (past and present) of the judge are not eligible to submit. You can write us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about your eligibility or the application process.
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.
How to Submit
Please submit online using our Submittable page. No hard copies accepted. There is an entry fee of $20.
The $20 submission fee assists our small press support publishing costs and writer honoraria. We recognize that not everyone can afford this expense at this time, and are committed to making the contest as accessible as possible. We are offering a fee waiver if this expense presents a hardship for you. Please email email@example.com with any questions or to make a request, using the subject line “Open Reading Period Waiver.”