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Black Mountain Press is a literary press for outstanding emerging writers publishing several different genres of books annually. For the next three years from 2013 through the end of 2016 our focus will be in collections of poetry, memoir, novels and collections of short stories. Our editors are looking for the highest quality literary fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry that combines a distinct voice and vision.
Reading Period: We will accept submissions through December 2016. Due to the overwhelming interest in publishing with the Black Mountain Press, submissions can not be returned and will be re-cycled.
Regular Mail Procedure: We do not accept email submissions or any form of electronic documents. We accept manuscripts via regular mail only. Send one hard copy of your finished, book-length manuscript, along with a cover letter containing contact information, and relevant biographical information. Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page only; prose manuscripts double spaced with a 12pt font. If accepted for publication a electronic document in .doc or .txt will be requested at that time.
For the mailed submissions include a self- addressed stamped #10 size envelope (SASE) for our reply. Do not send us your only copy, we can not return your copy, and it will be recycled.
We do not accept unsolicited query letters, sample chapters, or proposals to the editors. We are interested in seeing your completed manuscript. We also do not publish stand-alone poems or stories. We are not accepting any children’s or young adult literature, plays or self-help books over the next three years. We do not publish romance, science fiction, thrillers, detective fiction, horror stories, westerns, unless written in a unique, literary, never seen before, style. How-to guides will continue to be accepted on a limited basis during these three years.
Response Time: We have a small editorial staff, and we respond to submissions within five to six months. Because of the volume of submissions, we simply cannot take phone calls or respond to emails inquiring about the status of manuscripts. If you haven’t heard from us in six months, please send a letter or email.
Tips: Black Mountain Press is happy to receive unsolicited manuscripts from authors previously published or not. We just ask you to read the guidelines and submit work that fits our needs. For questions about submissions, please email us at:
Send all submissions to: Black Mountain Press, PO Box 9907, Asheville, NC, 28815.
Attention Script Writers, Screen Writers:
Established in 1994, the Black Mountain Press is dedicated to promoting work of emerging authors of literary poetry, novels and short stories. As cinema, art and story telling has plummeted in literary quality to appeal to the lowest common denominator in recent years, the Black Mountain Press strives to find and publish works that aspire to a higher ideal, many times written by unknown, first time authors, without agents representing them. All too often their works are ignored by the corporate publishers who are more interested in serving up their chain store consumables for a public lost in our mass produced fast-food induced art world.