Frequently Asked Questions

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Where does the information about the presses included in this database come from?
How frequently is this information updated?
What standards must a small press meet to be included this database?
How do I apply to have my press included in this database?
How long will it take before my listing appears?
How do I update my listing?
Do you have a mailing list of the small presses included in this database?
Can I repost the information I find here on my website?
What if I have questions that are not answered here? 

Where does the information about the presses included in this database come from?
The information in each listing is provided and updated by the small press publisher listed. While Poets & Writers' staff does not fact-check all of the information, we do confirm that each publisher adheres to our standards for inclusion.

How frequently is this information updated?
We request that the information be updated at least every six months. Many publishers update more frequently than that. Each listing includes the date that the information was last updated. Before submitting your writing for publication, it is always advisable to check with the publisher directly for the most current submission guidelines and reading periods.

What standards must a small press meet to be included this database?
Poets & Writers includes independent and small presses that meet generally accepted standards for professionalism in literary publishing and that are relevant to writers of poetry and literary prose, the group we primarily serve. All presses are accepted at our editorial discretion, and our approval is based on the following criteria:

Presses must primarily (or significantly) publish poetry and/or literary prose (fiction and creative nonfiction). 

Presses must not only publish books by members of a group. We do consider cooperative and collective presses if they are open to new members.  

Presses must prove an established track record of publication and should release publications every year. 

Presses must have an editorial process in place, an editorial staff, and contact information. 

Presses must not publish their own editors exclusively. 

We do consider presses that only accept agented submissions.  

We do consider presses that don’t accept unsolicited submissions. 

While we do consider presses that publish using print-on-demand technology, we do not consider vanity presses or self-publishing companies. 

We do consider those presses that charge a reading fee and/or only publish books through contests, but we weigh the press's other attributes against these practices. We will accept such presses, for example, if they have excellent promotion and distribution of their books or if their practices in general seem to benefit writers. 

Presses that do not have a website, must send by mail a copy of their submission guidelines, a catalogue, and a book for our review. 

How do I apply to have my press included in this database?
1. Register or log in to an account.
2. Under “My Database Listings,” click Add a Small Press Listing.
3. Fill out the form and follow the prompts to complete your application.
4. If your press has no online presence, mail a copy of a catalogue and a book, as well as your submission guidelines for our review to Poets & Writers, Inc., Attn: Small Presses Database, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004. Please include an SASE if you would like your material returned. 

How long will it take before my listing appears?
Applications are thoroughly evaluated by staff, a process that can take anywhere from one to two weeks, depending on the number of applications we receive. You will be notified via e-mail once we have made a decision. Your patience is appreciated.

How do I update my listing?
1. Log in to the account associated with your small press listing. 
2. Under “My Database Listings,” click the Update link for your small press listing.  
3. Review the list of options to edit your listing.  
4. If, after logging in, the Update link for your small press does not appear under “My Database Listings,” please e-mail the Database Administrator. Be sure to include your username along with the name of your small press in all correspondence.

Do you have a mailing list of the small presses included in this database?
No. Poets & Writers provides this online service for writers. The information included in this database is not intended for any commercial or promotional use.

Can I repost the information I find here on my website?
By providing this online service, Poets & Writers, Inc., does not give anyone permission to reproduce or republish small press listings, in whole or in part. Contents may not be copied, mirrored, or reproduced for any commercial or promotional use. Small press listings may not be held in any paper or electronic form, written, stored, or copied, without the express consent of Poets & Writers, Inc. This and all associated pages are copyright © 2007 Poets & Writers, Inc.

What if I have questions that are not answered here?
Please e-mail the Database Administrator, and we'll be glad to help.

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