Our mission is to promote the social art of writing. We want to provide a place for all writers to read, write, publish, & study. We want the people in our community to grow in their craft and seek professionalizing opportunities. We believe that everyone is on a personal journey with their own writing and seek to honor that by providing a layered approach to the writing process.

Workhorse (which includes Chapbooks, The Gauntlet, and Ought Hours) is dedicated to promoting writers marginalized from mainstream literary communities. If you are queer, of color, trans, differently abled, outside of the academy, or otherwise commonly excluded, we encourage you to join our community.

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Ends on December 31, 2017
Our first chapbook reading period is open from December 1st to the 31st! 

The Basics 


We are looking to publish 3 poetry chapbooks by working writers, which we define loosely as anyone who does not make a living from writing alone. The manuscript should be 14-26 pages of poetry that has not previously been published as a whole. We aren't considering translation at this time. 

How We Choose What to Publish 

Workhorse's mission is to provide opportunity and access to writers at all stages of their practice. We incorporate writers/readers from our community to discuss the manuscripts and come to a final decision on what to publish together. We hope to publish local writers and writers who we would like to introduce to our community. 

What Authors Receive upon Publication 

We want to provide an opportunity for a zero cost publication for our authors. Along with no reading fee to submit, author's receive 75 copies of their book (from a print run of 150), $150 dollars toward travel expenses for readings they may give, and, if local, a featured reading at the Wild Fig to celebrate their release.  

Help Us Sustain and Expand This Opportunity

This reading series is possible thanks to the generous support of people in our community of writers. If you would like to become one of those people, click this link to checkout ways to get involved. And join us on Facebook and Instagram, if you would like. 

Thank you. We can't wait to read your work! 

The Details 
  • Manuscripts should be 14-26 pages. 
  • We cannot publish previously published collections.
  • Only submit one collection. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • We do not need a cover sheet. 
  • One poem per page, multi-page poems are good.
  • Use a standard, 12-point font  Times New Roman.
  • We cannot allow revisions once a manuscript has been submitted. 
  • Decisions will be made by February 15th, 2018.