Autumn House Press publishes 8-10 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction each year. We accept manuscripts for our annual prizes and through our open-call reading period.

Though we are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we suggest you familiarize yourself with previous Autumn House publications before submitting your work. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent voices of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important writers of their generation. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.

We only accept manuscripts through our submission manager, Submittable. Please, do not mail or email submissions to us. We will not read or respond to these submissions. 

If you have any questions, please check our FAQs page!

A Note on Publishing with Autumn House

At Autumn House, we see our relationships with our authors as partnerships. In that spirit, we work closely with our authors and support them in as many ways as we can, both during the editorial process and well beyond the book’s release. Starting in January 2020, Autumn House Press will offer all authors:

  • 35 authors copies from the first print run, 15 author copies from any additional print runs
  • 8 percent royalties on print titles and 15 percent on digital*
  • 50 percent discount when purchasing additional copies of your title; 40 percent off any additional AHP titles
  • Distribution through the University of Chicago Press
  • 30 print galleys sent to major reviewer outlets 5-6 months prior to publication
  • At least 20 finished review copies sent to reviewers and review outlets 1-3 months prior to publication; this list will be compiled with input from the author
  • A post-publication prize package
  • Book advertisements in prestigious journals such as Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, Women’s Review of Books, and more
  • Support and guidance with the promotion of the title
  • A pledge that your title will never go out of print

* royalties are paid on sales that are 50% of list price or greater, excluding author purchases


  • Autumn House Full-Length Prizes (Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction): Winners of each prize receive publication of their full-length manuscripts. Each winner also receives a $1,000 honorarium and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book. The submission period opens on January 1 and closes on May 31 (Midnight, Eastern Time). To submit online, please visit our online submission managerThe judges for the 2023 full-length prizes are Toi Derricotte (poetry), Pam Houston (fiction), and Jenny Boully (nonfiction).
  • Rising Writer Prize: This prize is for a first full-length book. The genre for the prize alternates each year. In addition to publication, the winner also receives a $1,000 and a $500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book. The submission period opens October 1 and closes November 30 (Eastern Time). To submit online please visit our online submission managerThe genre for the 2024 Rising Writer Prize is poetry and the final judge is TBD. 


Open Call

Autumn House accepts full-length manuscripts in all genres for publication consideration; we especially encourage manuscripts that don’t quite fit our full-length prize guidelines, including novellas, hybrid manuscripts, etc. The open call reading period is on hiatus for 2022; please check in next year for more information. 


Partnership Prizes

  • CAAPP Book Prize: Our partnership with The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics allows CAAPP and AHP the opportunity to publish and promote work by a writer of African descent. The prize will be awarded to a first or second book by a writer of African descent and is open to the full range of writers embodying African and African diasporic experience. The winner receives publication by AHP and $3,000. The book can be of any genre that is, or intersects with, poetry, including poetry, hybrid work, speculative prose, and/or translation. The reading period opens on January 1, 2024, and is open until February 15, 2024. The final judge for the 2022 prize is TBD. To submit online please visit CAAPP’s online submission manager.


  • WCUPC Donald Justice Prize: The distinguished American poet Donald Justice is recognized as one of the finest poets of the late twentieth century. The recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Bollingen Prize, and numerous honors for his verse, Justice was a masterful and exacting craftsman, traits that define the prize named in his honor. The prize is made possible through the generosity of the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award. The Justice Prize welcomes unpublished, original book-length collections of poems that pay attention to form for consideration in the competition. The winner of the competition will receive $1,500 and have their manuscript published by Autumn House Press. The final judge for the 2023 prize is Mark Jarman. To submit online please visit WCUPC’s website.