We are interested in language that is elegant and provocative; poetry that informs and engages us in broader cultural conversations.

Rights and Guidelines

We seek unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are ok, just let us know your manuscript is under consideration by more than one publisher. Payment is publication and author copies.

Chapbook Submissions

Many Thanks! to all that submitted to our Spring open reading period. We received many strong manuscripts. With great care and deliberation, the editors selected the following titles for publication: The Ocean Between, Beatriz Fernandez and The Riddle of Longing, Faisal Mohyuddin. Congratulations to both authors. Look forward to these titles in Fall 2017.

Announcing The Shared Dream Chapbook Contest!

In times of anti-immigrant sentiment and racial intolerance, we are pleased to announce The Shared Dream Chapbook Contest for immigrant poets. The final judge will be Poet and Professor Janine Joseph, the author of Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016) winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize. The winning manuscript will be published by Backbone Press and the author will receive a prize of $250. Deadline: November 30, 2017.

Submission Guidelines

We are seeking work that underscores the immigrant experience. All entries must be from authors who are first-generation immigrants born outside the United States or children of (two) parents born outside of the United States. Using our submissions page, please submit chapbook-length manuscripts, (18-30) pages. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are okay, however please inform us if your chapbook is under consideration or accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts should include a table of contents, numbered pages, and acknowledgments. The header page should include your name & contact information. Note* your name should not appear on any other page.

There is no reading fee for this contest. Best of luck!