Featured Writer

Forthcoming – Negative Capability Press will begin featuring writers on our website every month. To submit yourself for consideration, follow the instructions on the Submittable link below. You must hold copyright to the work.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Sue Walker at swalker@negativecapabilitypress.org

Open Manuscript Submissions

Negative Capability publishes approximately 10-15 books per year and an issue of our Journal. Our publishing schedule for 2019 is filling quickly; however, we are always looking for exceptional work. We accept general manuscripts through our electronic submissions portal and welcome you to submit manuscripts for consideration for 2019.

We highly suggest that you take a look at our open calls for submissions and contests first. Next, take the time to familiarize yourself with our press and body of work. Check out our mission statement and see if you feel like Negative Capability is the right fit for you.

Please submit a completed manuscript (.doc or .docx format), along with a brief cover letter that details the work, a bio and any publishing credentials you want us to be aware of.

Why do we charge a reading fee?
The $7.00 reading fee helps offset the ever-growing administrative costs for our independent press.

How long before I hear from you?
Given the high volume of submissions we receive, please expect a response time of three to six months. We appreciate your patience. If your work is accepted for publication elsewhere please take the time to withdraw the submission.

Poetry Contest to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

Deadline of April 6th, 2019. Online only. Cash prizes.

Negative Capability Press has published work by Mary Oliver, May Sarton, Karl Shapiro, John Updike, MFK Fisher, and many others. We nominate our books for awards, and we have won independent press awards.

Join us in a celebration of National Poetry Month. Top three winning submissions will have their work featured on our website and receive cash prizes:

  • 1st - $100, 2nd - $30, 3rd- $20. Five honorable mentions will also be featured on the website.

  • Winners announced on April 30, 2019.

  • Submit each poem separately. Include a short third-person bio in the cover letter portion.

  • Submission fee $3 per poem.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if your work is published elsewhere.

  • Previously published work will not be accepted.