Swallow Press is the literary and trade imprint of Ohio University Press. We are currently seeking book-length memoir, literary journalism, and general nonfiction manuscripts.Your proposal should include a cover letter, a synopsis (2–4 typed pages) as well as a statement of how you see your book fitting in our list. Who is the audience for this book? How does it compare to other contemporary works in terms of subject or style? Your proposal should also include:

  1. A table of contents, if applicable
  2. A sample chapter, or two
  3. The anticipated length of the manuscript
  4. The anticipated date of completion (if still a work-in-progress)
  5. An up-to-date copy of your curriculum vitae or resume

Further information about our submission and publishing process is available here: https://ohioswallow.com/submit. 

Swallow Press is the literary and trade imprint of Ohio University Press. To get a sense of our recent fiction list, please visit https://ohioswallow.com/subject/Fiction.Your proposal should include a cover letter, a synopsis (2–4 typed pages) as well as a statement of how you see your book fitting in our list. Who is the audience for this book? How does it compare to other contemporary works in terms of subject or style? Your proposal should also include:

  1. A table of contents, if applicable
  2. A sample chapter, or two
  3. The anticipated length of the manuscript
  4. The anticipated date of completion (if still a work-in-progress)
  5. An up-to-date copy of your curriculum vitae or resume

Further information about our submission and publishing process is available here: https://ohioswallow.com/submit. 

Submission Period

  • Entries must be submitted between March 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. There is a $30 fee per entry.

Format Instruction

  • Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages should be set on standard sized paper.
  • Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page.
  • Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page.
  • Individual collections must be the work of a single author. Translations are not accepted.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in final form; revisions or emendations to acknowledgments will not be considered during the contest.
  • Multiple submissions to other publishers are acceptable provided we are informed if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Judging

  • The final judge for the competition will be named when the winner is announced in April 2021. Individual criticism of manuscripts cannot be given.

Prize

  • The winning manuscript will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 and published by Ohio University Press in both print and electronic format the following calendar year.
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