For Book Publication:

Measure Press considers full-length manuscripts of poetry, criticism, and poetry instruction for publication year-round. To submit a manuscript, please follow these guidelines:

  • Please remember, we are almost exclusively a publisher of formal poetry (e.g., poetry utilizing meter and/or rhyme). Please do not send us manuscripts of free verse unless we have specifically requested them;
  • Poetry manuscripts should contain between 50 and 60 pages of poetry (textbooks and books of criticism will, of course, vary considerably);
  • Poems should be single-spaced; prose should be double-spaced;
  • We do not consider chapbooks or excerpts from full-length collections;
  • We do not charge a reading fee, and all books are published under a standard royalty contract;
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere;
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in one electronic file (MS Word, PDF, or RTF format only) and should include a cover letter, an acknowlegments page, and your contact information;
  • Please submit all manuscripts via email at, and please be sure to title your email as "Book Submission";
  • Please allow 3-4 months for our staff to read and consider your manuscript.