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 launched 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 asked 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 and interrogate the concept of Author.

General submissions open December 1, 2022 – March 1, 2023.

A few things you should know:

  1. We publish work under 30,000 words. Our sweet spot is 7,000 - 20,000.
  2. We have a fondness for novellas and novelettes innovating the form.
  3. Explorations of process are our jam. We love behind-the-scenes stories and tales of a project.
  4. We delight in collaborative and communal writing/projects.

Please submit completed manuscripts, as well as a statement explaining why you feel Old Iron Press is the right publisher for your work.

We do charge a modest reading fee, but think of it as postage. It helps pay for our Submittable costs. (*We plan to offer a special no fee submission window in May to celebrate our first birthday!*)

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.

Thank you for considering submitting your work to Old Iron Press. We are an indie publisher dedicated to the small, strange, and uncategorizable. At the heart of OIP is the desire to find new possibilities in established classics and literary modes. We champion irreverent underdogs, disobedient forms, and books that risk something.

If you are new to submitting your work or returning to the process, welcome! We love publishing emerging talent, especially underrepresented voices and those outside the literary community who use the book as their medium. We are eager to work with writers at all stages in their career.

A few things you should know:

  1. We publish work under 30,000 words. Our sweet spot is 7,000 - 20,000.
  2. We have a fondness for novellas and novelettes innovating the form.
  3. Explorations of process are our jam. We love behind-the-scenes stories and tales of a project.
  4. We delight in collaborative and communal writing/projects.

Authors are paid a set amount depending on the project and provided free copies of their book. (Amount depending on printing numbers.) Authors are entitled to purchase further copies at a discounted rate, but are not committed to do so.

Please submit completed manuscripts, as well as a statement explaining why you feel Old Iron Press is the right publisher for your work.

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


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