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. 

Thank you for your interest in our small, indie 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 www.greenwriterspress.com.

We are a literary press that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and youth literature from middle-grade to young adult. Our focus is nature, environment, social/racial/environmental justice, gender/and all forms of collective liberation and activism. Our reading period for adult/juvenile fiction, nonfiction, and poetry: BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC WE ARE OPENING January 1, 2020, and will close June 1, 2021. We will take a break to focus on our post-pandemic (hopeful...) reorganization during the summer as well.

We value your work, as our submitters, and we do not charge a reading fee (only for a contest or book prize) and we try to respond in a timely manner (but, honestly, we can't always keep up). 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! 

OUR IMPRINTS

Our Juvenile imprint Green Sprouts is for our picture books for younger readers (like our award-winning Josie Goes Green series and Salamander Sky). Unfortunately, our small size and lack of capital make it especially hard for us to afford to publish children's 4-color and hardcover picture books. (Note: check out our Green Place Books imprint below if you want to look at other children's picture book options for your proposal. For example, our FOREST DAYS KINDERGARTEN book was printed with help from a grant from Antioch University.)


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, spirituality, education, caring for our elders, and biographies. If you want to designate your book for GPB, mention that in your cover letter. 

We now offer a hybrid publishing partnership program to help us raise money, help authors,
and publish books we love. We have partnered with Antioch University, The Sundog Poetry Center, First Light Foundation (Maine), Saddler's Woods Conservation Association, and individual writers. The way it works is the author or organization pays for editorial work (editing, copyediting, and proofreading), design of the cover and interior, pagination of the book, and printing. We are selective in this process and the books are submissions we would acquire if we had a large budget and a full-time staff. Our publicity and marketing platform is included in this partnership and is very grassroots and effective: a frontlist catalog including a catalog page one-sheet, press release creation, web page on our site with purchase link, book launch support, and book festival participation. Helping writers and nonprofit foundations do great work is a shared goal and the collaboration is so rewarding. The books we publish through this partnership are of the highest quality, printed sustainably, and distributed nationally and internationally. Independent Publishers Group (IPG) in Chicago handles our global distribution for all our books and they are very good at what they do and keep impeccable records. The nice part is that bookstores and libraries order all of our books direct from IPG (usually with a 50% discount), or via Ingram or Follett/Baker & Taylor. If you are interested in talking to us about a partnership email dede@greenwriterspress.com.  Visit our Bookshop.org affiliate page to see some of our books!

CURRENT PRIZES & SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS:

Our 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, hopefully in 2022.

The Hopper

In 2014, we founded an environmental literary magazine called The Hopper, which has been built, managed, and directed by Jenna Gersie. To find out more, you can go to this link to find details about submitting poetry, fiction, essays and artwork. Some of the Hopper authors publish books with us, too! We love the magazine and it is now independent of our small press.

Sundog Poetry Center

Sundog Poetry Center is pleased to continue publishing work by Vermont poets with an annual book award for a first or second poetry manuscript, in partnership with Green Writers Press, who will design, print and distribute the book nation-wide.The final judge for the inaugural Sundog Poetry Book Award was Vermont Poet Laureate, and award-winning poet, Mary Ruefle. Stay tuned for the final judge for 2021.This contest is open to all Vermont-based poets. Submissions of manuscripts of a first or second book by a Vermont poet. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded along with 50 copies. Sundog Poetry will provide assistance with promotion through a featured book launch and readings scheduled throughout the state. Manuscripts should be between 48 and 64 pages. All submissions must be authored by a poet who resides in Vermont; proof of residency will be requested along with a $20 application fee online via Submittable. Submissions for the 2021 book award will open in Fall 2021. Submissions for the 2021 Sundog Poetry Book Award will be accepted via Submittable from August 1 to September 30, 2021.

Submit starting August 1st

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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!
THE EDs.

Green Writers Press | Books