So You Want to Submit a Manuscript?

Please read carefully.

We are currently accepting queries for chapbooks for our Folded Word imprint, as well as full submissions for our online poetry zine unFold. We also welcome illustration / cover art queries. Please note the following when deciding whether to submit your work:


poetry for today’s mobile electronics

unFold, the Folded Word successor to Form.Reborn, is a “PG-ish” experimental poetry journal published on Twitter and archived on WordPress. It originally sought 140 character (including spaces) poetic Tweets suitable for mobile poem text messages and encouraged poets to improvise solutions to Twitter’s inhospitability to traditional line breaks.

What’s New

Having successfully explored the micro-poetic form, unFold's new incarnation will now post poems longer than 140 characters on the unFold Twitter stream by embedding them on images. Our updated Twitter-poetry zine will:

  1. Give poets expanded space
  2. Hold each title and poem together
  3. Help poems grab eyes in a sea of visual noise
  4. Harness the power of hashtags to find new readers.

Accepted poem/image combos will be published on Twitter and archived on our blog. Contributors will receive a chapbook from our recent catalog as a thank you gift for sharing their work with us.

New Guidelines Overview:


To submit: Please fill out the form on the unFold submission page at the archive blog: NO EMAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. We will respond to submissions as quickly as possible, but initially it may take some time to decide on the best poems to launch this new concept.

ALSO: We will consider visual art by the poet to accompany the poem, but we reserve the right to select an alternate piece from another artist if we feel it will better serve the poem and the zine.

fiction, poetry, haiku, translation, literary essays, travel narratives

We are seeking non-formulaic narratives that have a strong sense of place and/or time, especially the exploration of unfamiliar place/time. We are looking for manuscripts that are an escape from the everyday, be it a cleansing laugh, a cathartic cry, a virtual holiday, or even a respite from predictable plots. We are also looking for manuscripts that are ecologically aware. We enjoy quirky characters, voices that take a chance, humor, and word-play. Please, surprise us.

PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT taking novel or other book-length submissions at this time.


novels in verse/flash

We are seeking to develop an appreciation for novel-length stories told in small segments, much like mosaic art uses small tiles to develop a large image. As such, we launched a Mosaic line of novels in spring 2014 with Darla K. Crist's Catherine Sophia's Elbow. Mosaic novels may be constructed using verse, flash fiction, or any other short form that employs white space as an intentional element. While we are closed to full-length submissions at this time, please send us a note if you write this kind of work and we will contact you when submissions open back up. We would love to read a chapbook-length work of this kind.


submitting your query

Queries must be sent via postal mail to:

Folded Word LLC
Attn: Barbara Flaherty, Submissions Editor
79 Tracy Way
Meredith, NH 03253

and should include a cover letter, three sample pages, and a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (non-US residents may skip the stamp). Your cover letter should not exceed two pages; it must include:

  1. Introductory remarks regarding your manuscript plus your contact and biographical information
  2. Title of the chapbook and byline as you want your name to appear
  3. Genre and type (i.e. poetry chapbook, travel essay collection, short story chapbook, etc.)
  4. URL of an online social media account where you interact with the general public
  5. Three reading venues you would pursue upon publication
  6. The title of your favorite Folded Word (chap)book and why it influenced you to query us


We are open to most genres and themes. Please be sure you have read some of our titles prior to submitting; our ebooks are reasonably priced to make exploring our list easier. We will make every effort to respond to your query within 60 days. We will only publish 9 chapbook titles per year; competition will be fierce. Be sure to take all of these considerations into account before deciding to submit your query to us.

Our contracts are based on the concept of partnership and long-term sales. As such, we do not offer an advance. However we do offer royalties along with contributor and review copies. We also believe in a robust editorial process.

chapbook illustrations and cover art


We are taking art queries from artists, photographers, and typographers interested in providing cover art for and/or illustrating our chapbooks. The art query should be emailed to with the subject line ART QUERY and contain:

  1. a list of relevant experience
  2. a link to an online portfolio
  3. a brief description of how you found us and why you want to tie your visual art to literary art
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