JLRB Press is a small-run imprint that specia­lizes in poetry, with a strong emphasis on queer and neuro­divergent voices and emerg­ing writers.


Tip: We are currently open to submissions of chapbook- and book-length poetry manu­scripts. This submission period will close on November 30, 2023.

Before clicking Submit Manuscript below, read the follow­ing information carefully.

Our Editorial Practices

Unlike almost every other imprint, we respond to every submis­sion with specific feedback. We also ensure that each editor works on one sub­mission at a time.

During open submission periods, we strive to acknow­ledge each submission within 2 business days and to respond within 4 business weeks.

Editors begin by reading a meaningful portion of your sub­mission closely. Then, one of two things happens:

  • If the editors decide that your manuscript needs a signi­ficant amount of work, they res­pond with a brief, de­tailed summary and ex­plain what you can do to improve your manu­script and how JLRB Press can help.
  • If the editors consider your submission ready, or partial­ly ready, for publication, they begin to review it and con­tact you to schedule a free, 1-hour consultation to dis­cuss your ma­nuscript.
  • We accept submissions that have previously appeared online or in print (in part or in whole). You must ensure that the copyright of all submissions belongs to you and, if you have assigned any rights, that you have the necessary permissions to republish the works.
  • Our written feedback and initial con­sul­ta­tions are always com­pletely free for all auth­ors. How­ever, to be able to serve the most applicants, we invite those who have already submit­ted a manuscript to wait for six months to re­submit.

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