Hello poets and writers of non-fiction, we are especially interested in writing allied deeply with place, indigenous and sustainable approaches to navigating the chaos of the Anthropocene. Our open reading period is currently closed. We will reopen for submissions in Spring 2024. Please check back in May 2024 for updates.

In the meantime, we wish you the best of luck with your creative projects. We deeply appreciate our community of writers.

Submission Guidelines

  • We consider only finished, polished non-fiction and poetry submissions.
  • Watershed Press encourages writers of underrepresented identities—including but not limited to writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, non-binary, Deaf, and/or disabled—to submit their literary non-fiction and poetry.
  • Watershed Press will be open for submissions twice a year: from October 1 to October 31 and from April 1 to April 30.   (to be determined)
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • We will read simultaneous submissions, but please let us know and withdraw your manuscript if your piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Please only submit one piece at a time. Please wait for our response before sending us other work to consider. Multiple submissions will be automatically rejected.
  • While Watershed Press does not set a word limit, we are looking for full-length books.
  • Please allow six to nine months for us to respond to your submission.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions.

If you’ve read our guidelines above and are ready to submit your best poetry or non-fiction to Watershed Press, please send it through Submittable during our submission periods. We look forward to reading your work

For submission inquires, please contact us

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