Submission Guidelines-University Press - Carnegie Mellon University

Submissions Guidelines


We will be reading unsolicited poetry manuscripts in October 2014. This reading period is only for poets who have not previously been published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Manuscripts should be in the forty-eight to ninety-six-page range.
We are often asked if we are conducting a "first book" contest. We view this reading period as neither a contest nor as being exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers whose work we might not otherwise be familiar with, or by writers who no longer have an affiliation with another press. Of the six to ten books we publish each year, at least two are selected from this reading period. Some of the poets whose books have been published through the "October" readings are: Rita Dove, Franz Wright, John Skoyles, Lawrence Raab, Jerry Williams, Cornelius Eady, James Harms, Mary Ruefle, Margot Schilpp, Kevin Prufer, Amy Beeder, Hayan Charara, K.A. Hays, Nicky Beer, Rachel Richardson, and Bridget Lowe.

Submit Poetry

If you wish to have us consider your manuscript, please send it with the following:

  1. a self-addressed stamped business envelope for judge's decision;
  2. an acknowledgments page which lists where the poems have been previously published; and
  3. a reading fee of $15.00 made payable to Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Send manuscripts to:

Poetry Editor
Carnegie Mellon University Press
5032 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15289-1021

Due to the large volume of submissions, we are no longer able to return manuscripts. Please do not include any valuable material (photos, reproductions, etc.) as we cannot be responsible for their return. Please do not include prepaid mailing materials for the return of manuscripts as the United States Post Office postage rates increase frequently. In order to be eligible for the reading period, submissions must be postmarked during October 2014.

Short Fiction

Carnegie Mellon University Press will not be considering short fiction manuscripts during 2013 and 2014.


Please send a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, table of contents, and a prospectus. You may include a sample chapter, but please do no send a complete manuscript. Send your proposal to:

Nonfiction Editor
Carnegie Mellon University Press
5032 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15289-1021

By email:

Subject Line: Nonfiction Submission

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