Green Writers Press | Books

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Welcome to the Submittable Page for Book Submissions to Green Writers Press & Green Place Books. We also have a link to our literary magazine, The Hopper.

Thank you for your interest in our small, but mighty, publishing house located in southern, rural Vermont. Green Writers Press, an independent, Vermont-based publishing company, is dedicated to spreading environmental awareness and social justice by publishing authors who promulgate messages of hope and renewal through place-based writing and environmental activism. In the past six years, Green Writers Press has expanded significantly, publishing such authors as Julia Alvarez, Chard deNiord, John Elder, Dr. M Jackson, former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, and Clarence Major. Our mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal through the words and images we publish. Throughout we will adhere to our commitment to preserving and protecting the natural resources of the earth. To that end, a percentage of our proceeds will be donated to environmental activist groups and social justice organizations. Read more at

We are a literary press that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and youth literature from early childhood, to middle grade/young adult, with our imprint Green Sprouts being used for our black & white picture books for younger readers (like our award-winning Josie Goes Green collection).

Our reading period for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry NORMALLY runs from June 1 to September 1, at which time we will open up submissions again September 1 until June 1. Because of the high volume of submissions we receive, we take three months off in the summer to read submissions & BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC WE ARE OPENING OCTOBER 1, 2020. We value your work, our submitters, and do not charge a reading fee (only for the book prize) and we try to respond in a timely manner. Since we are a small organization, and so swamped with inquiries, we don't want you to feel lost if we don't get right back to you! 

We also have an imprint called Green Place Books that curates books that tell literary and compelling stories with a focus on writing about place—these books are more personal stories/memoir, mystery/crime, and biographies. If you want to designate your book for GPB, mention that in your cover letter but no need to as it usually pretty obvioius.

Our annual Howard Frank Mosher Book Prize in Fiction is a publication prize for a novelist or short story writer from Vermont, or one who writes about Vermont and/or the themes that resonate so well with Howard's work: love, friendship, forgiveness, nature, Vermont, solitude, that are part of Howard 's literary legacy. Vermont residency is not required. We will open the prize for submissions in 2021.


We have a literary magazine (online and print) called The Hopper, but you will have to go to this link to learn more about submitting poetry, fiction, essays and artwork. Some of our Hopper authors publish books with us, too! 

Sundog Poetry Center announces the inaugural book award for a first or second poetry manuscript, in partnership with Green Writers Press, who will design, print and distribute the book nationwide. The final judge is Vermont poet laureate and award-winning poet, Mary Ruefle. Open to all Vermont-based poets, submissions will open Sept. 1 and close Oct. 31. For more information, visit or email


Our themes revolve around the environment and doing something to save it from greed and destruction. We like dystopian novels, fantasy (Polly and the One and Only World by Don Bredes), literary fiction about intense personal subjects (Hidden View by Brett Stanciu), humor (as exemplified by the work of retired environmental studies professor, Brian Adams, Love in the Time of Climate Change) and (The Full Vermonty), science (check out While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change), and, most of all, we like good writing.

You can read about our freelance editors, and team, on our website and we have the best interns on the planet. We march, we grow our own food, we care about social and migrant justice, we want to live with the smallest carbon footprint possible, we went to Standing Rock and stand with the Native American water protectors, we care deeply about the environment and the fate of Mother Earth. Oh, and we love to read and most of our editors are also working writers!

Please join us, as reader, writers, activists, artists . . .
We look forward to reading your work!

Green Writers Press | Books