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The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová
The Bitter Life of
Božena Němcová

By Kelcey Parker Ervick

The Voyager Record
The Voyager Record
By Anthony Michael Morena

Family Resemblance
Family Resemblance
Edited by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov



Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction
Edited by Dinty W. Moore

Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry
Edited by Gary L. McDowell
and F. Daniel Rzicznek

Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
Edited by Tara L. Masih


We are not accepting manuscripts or queries for consideration at this time. Please do not mail or email unsolicited manuscripts to the Press outside of the specified reading periods. Upcoming reading periods and contests will be announced here.



From August 1 through August 31, 2017, Rose Metal Press will be having an open reading period during which we will be seeking full-length hybrid and cross-genre manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2019 and beyond. We are interested in short short, flash, and micro-fiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; flash nonfiction or book-length memoirs-in-shorts; fragmentary works and book-length lyric essays; image and text collaborations and other collaborative work; and other literary works that move beyond traditional genres to find new forms of expression. The best way to see what we mean by hybrid is to take a look at our catalog. We welcome submissions in all styles and on all subjects, and encourage a broad and expansive interpretation of hybridity. Surprise us with your innovation!

Manuscripts should be 48 pages or more. If individual pieces or excerpts of a project have been published in journals or elsewhere, please include that information in an acknowledgments page. Also, please feel free to include an author bio. Submissions will be accepted through our Submittable site with a $15 reading fee.



Our 12th Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest submission period begins November 1 and ends December 1, 2017. Our 2017 judge will be Rigoberto Gonzalez. The winner will have his/her chapbook published in summer 2018, with an introduction by the contest judge. During the submission period, please submit your 25–40 page double-spaced manuscript of short short stories (fiction or nonfiction) each under 1000 words to our Submittable contest site with a $10 reading fee. Multiple entries from the same author are acceptable as long as each is accompanied with a separate fee.

Individual pieces in your manuscript may have appeared in journals, both in print and online, as long as the entire collection itself is unpublished. Do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript itself as submissions will be judged blind. Please be sure your name and contact information are correct in the submission program when you submit your manuscript, so we can contact you once a winner has been chosen.

Please note that current and former students, family members, and close personal friends of the judge are not eligible to submit.

Examples of previous winners can be viewed and purchased through our catalog page.