Anthology Submission Guidelines

We are proud of our small press’s tradition of publishing new writers from communities across the United States, Canada, Australia, and Great Britain, and a big part of that tradition is our dedication to anthology volumes that let us feature a range of authors and topics. Our annual anthology Spoon Knife takes direct submissions, and Barking Sycamores collects work that was selected for the literary journal.

If you are interested in submitting a full book manuscript, please see the guidelines for submission to Autonomous Press and its imprints. We strongly encourage all writers to spend some time with our titles, and to look at titles that reflect your submission. That means our neurodivergent activist writers should check out The Real Experts or the excellent The ABCs of Autism Acceptance.

If you like science fiction, check out Spoon Knife volumes and the novels by authors and editors who have worked on Spoon Knife. Most importantly, if you are thinking of submitting to either the literary journal or the annual Spoon Knife publication, please check out past volumes of the books to get a feel for the way the prompts affect our selections. All of our anthologies pay, and you can learn more about the current rates on our Anthology Fund page.

To submit individual works to our anthologies, see our open calls for submission below:

Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Spacetime

Autonomous Press seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, and short memoir pieces for an upcoming anthology, Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Spacetime.

Scheduled for publication in Spring 2019, this fourth volume of the Spoon Knife Anthology series follows The Spoon Knife Anthology: Tales of Compliance, Defiance, and Resistance (Spring 2016), Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber (Spring 2017), and Spoon Knife 3: Incursions (Spring 2018).

We’re  basically looking for work that examines and explores two fundamental ideas: time and space. Moreover, we want work that engages with themes of neurodivergence, queerness, and/or the intersections of neurodivergence and queerness.

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2018.

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