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We are a tiny publisher with the capacity to publish between 12 and 24 manuscripts per year. We run several competitions annually, including a couple of anthologies. All the info we have about our open submissions periods is on this page, with a link to our Submittable page. WE ONLY ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS THROUGH OUR SUBMITTABLE PAGE for anthologies, and we don’t have anybody with time to read full manuscripts at present, so please don’t even query about those until Summer 2023.

Our current open calls for submissions

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: THE MOTOWN POETRY REVUE – Submissions open March 10 and close June 1, 2023.


We're dancing in the street, celebrating our new poetry anthology.
Help us celebrate the Motown legacy, both past and present. The crossover label made rhythm and blues the soul of American
popular culture. Honor the artists connected to Hitsville, USA, and
30 years' worth of "The Sound of Young America."
Don't rehash the lyrics. Instead, show us your knowledge of Motown, its history and its current place amongst R&B, soul, and Hip-Hop artists.

Pay homage to the greats: Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Rick James, The Pointer Sisters, Lionel Ritchie, Teena Marie, DeBarge, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, Queen Latifah, Diddy, Ne-Yo, Lil Yachty, Migos and so many more. Show us the artistic and cultural impact of Berry Gordy, Jr., the label and the artists.

Submission Guidelines:
Submit up to five poems via Madville Publishing's Submittable portal. No single poem should be over three pages long.
There's an $8.00 submission fee, but your work will be considered for cash prizes: $300 for first place, $150 for two runners-up.
Previously published work is acceptable as long as rights have reverted back to you.
Submissions should be "blind." Author name should not appear on the submissions anywhere. This info is collected elsewhere when you submit.
Keep in mind titles are free for usage, but lyrics cost money. A LOT of money. Leave the artistry of those famous lyrics to the songwriters!
Submissions open March 10 and close June 1, 2023.
The anthology will launch at AWP 2024.
Editors: Cherise Pollard, Yalonda JD Green, Curtis Crisler, and Luanne Smith


Submissions CLOSE April 1, 2023

Fantastic Imaginary Creatures, Prose Poetry Anthology, edited by Gerry LaFemina, Call for Submissions

Submitting Manuscript Queries

All manuscripts published by Madville Publishing undergo a rigorous vetting process before they are accepted for publication. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, and we are turning away queries at present. We have more than we can read.

We send promising manuscripts out for review to published authors and professional editors who write reviewers’ reports detailing the works’ strengths and weaknesses before we decide whether or not to offer an author a contract. Reviewers are anonymous, because we want them to feel free to share honest reviews with us. Just know that they are widely read, talented authors in their own rights. They are familiar with everything in our catalog, and have been with us since we started. So, in a way, Madville’s catalog has been directed by their tastes. With this in mind, the best way to learn what we like is have a look at the books we offer for sale.

PLEASE NOTE: Be brief in your initial query. We’ll let you know if we’d like to know more. No matter how wonderful your project, we may be swamped, and long emails from strangers get overlooked.


After you have sent us a query, and if we ask you to submit your manuscript, this is how we would prefer that you format it:

Prose should be submitted in 12 pt., Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins and pages numbered. If it is not a contest submission, make sure your name and contact information is in the header and on the title page.

Poetry should be 12 pt., Times New Roman, single spaced, one inch margins, one poem per page, and pages numbered. Full manuscripts should include credits for previously published poems and a table of contents.

Unless we communicate with you directly and request your manuscript, we only accept submissions through Submittable. You can see all our open Calls for submissions by following this link to our Submittable page:

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