We’re heading into a great new year of publishing here at the press, and we already have a full lineup. As such, we will not be considering additional manuscripts at this time. However, if you’d like to look over our guidelines for possible future submission, please see below.
We’re interested in poems that work together cohesively in a small series, rather than poems taken from a longer manuscript. If you believe your work fits with our mandate, we’d love to hear from you! Please refrain from sending full manuscripts by e-mail attachment; with the advent of viruses and spamming, we are justifiably wary receiving complete manuscripts in attachment form. Instead, send your full collections to us via snail mail at the address to the right of the page, or pasted into the body of an e-mail.
We tend not to be interested in overtly religious poetry or rhyming, greeting card-style verse. We will not consider any work that is racist or sexist in any way.
Please include the following in your submission package:
- A cover letter that includes your name, complete address, phone number and e-mail address
- Between 15 and 30 pages of poetry (does not include title page)
- A brief bio stating who you are and your writing/publishing history
- A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of your manuscript (international reply coupons, please, for those writing from outside Canada!). If no SASE is provided, your manuscript will be not be returned.
Advice to beginning writers: Although we do publish many new writers, we encourage all those considering sending their work to Rubicon Press to also submit it to literary magazines and journals. Sending your work out into the world, reading widely, and dialoguing about your work and that of other poets indicates that you are serious about writing poetry and working to improve your craft.
We encourage all those considering submitting to check out our Chapbooks page or to order some sample titles to see what types of work we have published in the past.