Unbound Edition Press Opens Submissions for Nonfiction

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Long before the term “creative nonfiction” entered MFA programs, some of America’s finest writers told things as they were – attempting to capture “all the Truth but tell it slant,” to borrow Dickinson’s line.

From Thoreau’s Walden to M.F.K. Fisher’s The Gastronomical Me and David Foster Wallace’s Consider the Lobster; from Stein’s Tender Buttons to Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast; from William Gass’s On Being Blue to William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways; from Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, exceptional nonfiction examines who we are, where we reside, how we live, what we do, and, most importantly, why. It puts on full, careful display what captures our minds as worthy of extended consideration. But, this is not to say nonfiction must be prose, only, nor is it to say it must be without “slant.”

Unbound Edition Press is now open (August 15-September 15, 2022) for submissions of book-length works (25,000-50,000+ words) of nonfiction, which may be crafted through poetry, prose, prose-poetry, cross-genre assemblages of facts and reflections, bits of memory and slices of what is missing. In short, the publisher and editors are keenly interested in the intersection of the objective and the subjective, and how these weave together to express a fully authentic expression of a writerly mind engaged with the world.

In an age of social media pablum, trivial memes, dangerous disinformation, and algorithmic “content,” the press seeks contemplative, meaningful literary examinations of the contemporary human condition. Work from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented communities and voices is especially welcome.

Unbound Edition Press acquires world rights in English, pays advances, and offers generous royalty schedules. Our titles are both critically acclaimed and on multiple bestseller lists; more than 25 titles are under active development. Authors include literary luminaries and new voices alike. Quality of craft and thinking shapes our editorial decisions. We are dedicated to publishing literary dissent from fearless writers.

Submissions are open to all, though a modest reading fee of $15.00 is required. We accept manuscripts for review only through the Submittable platform available through our website. Average response time is four to six months.

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