We currently publish full length print collections (48+ pages) under two imprints, purple flag and strawberry hedgehog. We launched purple flag in 2014 as an invitation only series and added strawberry hedgehog in 2016 to reopen the press to unsolicited manuscripts. Since March 2017, we have accepted submissions for both series via our online submission manager.

We publish very few unsolicited manuscripts, but we are willing to consider them. If you are thinking about submitting a manuscript, here are a few things for you to consider:

1. We began as a collective making publishing decisions by consensus. Over the years, we have come to function as a small poetry press, and I have essentially become the publisher. But I still hold to the collective idea, and I still think of a decision to publish as an invitation to the author to become part of the collective. What that means has been left open-ended; but it does mean, at the very least, some familiarity with the books we've published since 2004 and the journal we've published since 2014. I would strongly suggest using your cover letter to demonstrate that you are familiar with that work.

2. If you know an author who has published with us or someone else who has been an active participant in vacpoetry over the years. it wouldn't hurt to ask them to read the manuscript first and email me with a recommendation. That won't guarantee publication, but it will be a plus.

3. Our publishing schedule is pretty simple. When the bills are paid and we have sufficient funds on hand (and when the other projects we're working on leave time), we consider manuscripts. When the bills aren't paid and we don't have sufficient funds on hand (or when we are happily buried in other projects), we wait. That means our response rate is variable. And, honestly, that "we" often means me. I respond as quickly as I can, because I know how difficult waiting can be when you believe your work is ready for publication. But I also know how frustrating it can be to set your work aside under the pressure of other demands. I'm a working artist, not a publisher. I hope you, as a working artist, will understand that and work with the sometimes frustrating rhythm it creates.

Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly. Take a moment to look at our books, and you'll get a sense of how well this philosophy has worked.

If you've made it through all that and are ready to continue, please upload a single document in one of the specified formats (pdf, doc, docx, txt, wpf, or odt).  We'll be in touch.

Check our website for more information: vacpoetry.org.


Steven Schroeder