Poets Wear Prada is a poetry publishing house with excellent poets and affordable books with beautiful covers. Have you had your poetry today?--Meredith Sue Willis, Books for Readers * * * Stylistically, these beautifully designed and produced chapbooks bear their own distinctive signature.--Linda Lerner, SMALL PRESS REVIEW

Submission Policy


Sorry, we are not accepting unsolicited submissions for poetry chapbooks at the present time.

But please feel free to come over and chat with us
at our upcoming book launches or book fairs about your work!
If you feel obliged to query us please keep the following in mind:


  1. We like a collection that feels more like a whole than a sampling of work.  Tell us a story. Think of each poem as a chapter.
  2. At the time of submission 30% of the works included in manuscript needs to be published or accepted for publication by literary magazines with an editorial policy. (You can't be the editor or publisher of the literary magazine for it to count.) We expect that percentage to be 50% or higher at the time of publication. ( If your work is published in places like SLATE, THE NEW YORKER, or THE NEW YORK TIMES, we might stand up and take notice.)
  3. While we don't have a preference to formal or free verse, we do have a preference for formal queries.  Please include a one-paragraph overview of your book followed by a second
    paragraph that includes your literary bio with previous publication credits and education.  We expect to see a table of contents listing the titles of each work and  detailed acknowledgement of each prior or pending publication.  (Please include volumes, issue numbers, dates of publication for  all magazines; the editors & publishers as well as the year of publication for anthologies.) Two to three blurbs from published poets, publishers/editors of literary magazines or other presses, or reading series hosts would certainly put your manuscript in a good light.
  4. We want to sell these books to a mainstream audience.  Please don't baffle us.  Do not send us prose unless your are submitting micro or flash fiction or prose poetry. We like narrative poetry and we like it in a lyrical style.  The audience we are targeting maybe mainstream but they are not illiterate.  They like to buy and read entertaining and well-written books. So please no greeting card verse.  But funny and original one-liners will get our attention.
  5. If you perform your poetry on the slam circuit and consider yourself of spoken word artist please don't assume your work won't work on the page too.
  6. We do solicit manuscript submissions from folks who submit to our anthologies.
  7. We're nice people but we're busy putting books out so be considerate and don't waste our time.



Thank you for your interest.







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