Big Wonderful Press is a traditional publisher. We publish using both POD and traditional print runs, depending on the book, as well as e-books. We also market our books and provide full editing and design. We accept unsolicited submissions only for our open calls.
Current Open Calls
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FUNNY POEM CONTEST. Please submit 1-3 funny poems on the theme of happiness by August 1, 2016. Poems should be between 15-60 lines.
The Young Adult Project. We are exploring the possibility of publishing a set of YA novels. Please submit traditional queries only (this means follow the same query letter standards you use for agents). We will request partials for anything interesting. All sub-generes are fine except horror.
Literary Novels. We would like to publish one literary novel at the end of this year, but we are still looking for the right one. Please send the first 15 pages only and a synopsis only. We will ask for more if we like it. No graphic violence or horror–just because it isn’t our style.
Poetry Book Reviews for Blog. For publication on the website only…
500-800 words. You must not personally know the poet. It is ok if you have met them somewhere, but not ok if you have had them over to your place for dinner or if they are married to your sister. You cannot quote more than 20 lines from the book.
Purchase Our Chapbook and Submit Yours. Size limit: 20-40 pages. Submit your poetry or fiction chapbook and purchase THE AFTERLIFE IS A DRY COUNTY or LANDSCAPING FOR WILDLIFE (at a big discount!) in one step (free shipping, please include your address on the cover letter) for a limited time. (If you want to submit without purchase, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the submission mailing address. )
Poetry Guidelines. Must be 20-40 pages long. Open to anyone, but very selective. Authors must be willing to promote their work with pride and be open to revision. Should be published previously in at least one literary journal.
Fiction Guidelines. Fiction chapbooks must be more than one story or flash piece and less than 40 pages long. (hint: we would love a good humorous fiction chapbook)
The online purchase requirement serves two purposes: 1) to prevent too many low-quality submissions. We want to read everything and sometimes if you don’t charge any fee, people send you work that is not quite ready. This is known as the “what the hell” strategy. 2) If you write poetry, you should support poets and poetry publishers. We all need it. You can also send your manuscript snail mail for now with no purchase or fee. Email for the address.
Humorous Essays on Happiness. We are looking for humorous essays on happiness for a possible new anthology. These can be science-based (that would be awesome), memoir, or fiction in the style of a memoir essay (please specify in your cover letter). The important thing is to not be too serious–everything will be tongue-in-cheek.
Submit your full essays, <3000 words, for rolling review. Include a bio in your cover letter.
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We often offer feedback on some submissions, but cannot guarantee that we will always have comments for every manuscript.