Hello!

Thank you for considering submitting your work to Old Iron Press. We love disobedient forms and books that risk something and are stylistically surprising. We champion classics told anew, irreverent underdogs, the handbuilt, and the hybrid.

At Old Iron Press, we are committed to expanding the reach of diverse voices and communities, and seek work from a wide range of ages. We particularly welcome submissions from those outside the literary community who use the book as their medium.

On May 1, 2022, we are launching Old Iron Press with open submissions for our inaugural print anthology titled “Playing Authors.”

Inspired by the classic game of Authors, originally published in 1861, we would like you to play with what it means to be an author—and an Author. The original game consisted of sets of playing cards pictured with the works and visage of a well-known author of the time. We are excited to read how you might experiment with and interrogate the concept of Author. 

General submissions open September 1, 2022.

Fees: We charge a modest reading fee, but think of it as postage. It helps pay for our Submittable costs. 

No cost submissions are available. Teachers (current/retired), librarians (current/retired), and those caring for young children always submit at no cost.

Files: Do not include your name or information in the file or filename of your submission.

Submissions/Withdrawals: Please submit only once per reading period. Simultaneous submissions are life. Please notify us promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. All correspondence must go through Submittable.

Reporting Time: Three to four months, although sometimes longer. We reply to all submissions and will be in touch as soon as we can.

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Thanks for thinking of Old Iron Press! We look forward to reading your work.

Old Iron Press currently seeks submissions for our inaugural print anthology titled “Playing Authors.”

Inspired by the classic game of Authors, originally published in 1861, we would like you to play with what it means to be an author—and an Author. The original game consisted of sets of playing cards pictured with the works and visage of a well-known author of the time. We are excited to read how you experiment with the concept of Author.

At Old Iron Press, we are fascinated by process. We are interested in creations that are less about a corrective or a return, but rather about an act of becoming.

We would like you to ask questions about what stories belong to us and why. What stories should we—or shouldn’t we—be telling? Must a story match an authorial voice? What role does an author’s biography play? And, what about the infamous author photo?

Perhaps you get your heteronym on and create an author—complete with physical description and bio—and write something in their distinctive voice. Or maybe you dive into the history of your own authorial voice.

You may send any variation of form (ex. three poems, graphic novel excerpt, recipe, instructions, chapter, criticism, scene). We would particularly love to read experimental essays, alternate biography, slipstream, hybrid works, and collaborative projects. At OIP, genre is our favorite five-letter word. Let this be an invitation to explore something new to you.

We do ask that you keep your document under 3,000 words. Please use standard formatting and be thoughtful regarding public domain. We do not consider previously published work, whether print or online. Selected contributors will receive one free contributor copy and an honorarium.

We look forward to reading your work and your Authors!

Old Iron Press currently seeks submissions for our inaugural print anthology titled “Playing Authors.”

Inspired by the classic game of Authors, originally published in 1861, we would like you to play with what it means to be an author—and an Author. The original game consisted of sets of playing cards pictured with the works and visage of a well-known author of the time. We are excited to read how you experiment with the concept of Author.

At Old Iron Press, we are fascinated by process. We are interested in creations that are less about a corrective or a return, but rather about an act of becoming.

We would like you to ask questions about what stories belong to us and why. What stories should we—or shouldn’t we—be telling? Must a story match an authorial voice? What role does an author’s biography play? And, what about the infamous author photo?

Perhaps you get your heteronym on and create an author—complete with physical description and bio—and write something in their distinctive voice. Or maybe you dive into the history of your own authorial voice.

You may send any variation of form (ex. three poems, graphic novel excerpt, recipe, instructions, chapter, criticism, scene). We would particularly love to read experimental essays, alternate biography, slipstream, hybrid works, and collaborative projects. At OIP, genre is our favorite five-letter word. Let this be an invitation to explore something new to you.

We do ask that you keep your document under 3,000 words. Please use standard formatting and be thoughtful regarding public domain. We do not consider previously published work, whether print or online. Selected contributors will receive one free contributor copy and an honorarium.

We look forward to reading your work and your Authors!