Submissions

“Art-making is learned by immersion.” – Jane Hirschfeld

Green Writers Press is a publishing house located in rural Vermont with a mission to help spread a message of hope and renewal through the words and images we publish, and to help foster a sustainable environment. We hope to share beautiful words and art with the world, and we’d love it if you would accompany us on this journey.

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.

We use Submittable now (with absolutely no charge except for the occasional contest). We will look at poetry, fiction, short story collections, environmental essay collections, middle-grade and YA/teen fiction, artwork, and photography. We are very interested in hearing from readers, writers, and artists. 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! We value everyone’s contributions, big and small. WE ARE CLOSED CURRENTLY DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, BUT WILL OPEN TO READ SUBMISSIONS JANUARY 1, 2021 until JUNE 1, 2021.

Here is the link to our page on Submittable
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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.

Green Place Books also has a community-based publishing partnership program as well—kind of like a hybrid press—and we have partnered with Antioch University, The Sundog Poetry Center, First Light Foundation (Maine), Sadler’s Woods Conservation, and some awesome individual writers. If you are interested in talking to us about a partnership — as an individual author who does not want to self-publish and has a manuscript that is approved by our editors, or a foundation or educational institution — email dede@greenwriterspress.com. Note: this is not a vanity press 😉

A word about timing . . . Please allow 3-6 months for a response. The one thing writers and artists should know, is that we have been swamped—happily so!—with submissions. We are having a hard time keeping up, so thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.


CURRENT PRIZES/SUBMISSIONS OPEN:

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.

Mosher_Howard_Frank_200Howard Frank Mosher was the author of ten novels and two travel memoirs. Born in the Catskill Mountains in 1942, Mosher lived in Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom from 1964 onward, when he and his wife Phillis came to teach there. Howard was the recipient of many awards for his fiction, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, the American Civil Liberties Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the New England Book Award, and the 2011 New England Independent Booksellers Association’s President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Three of his novels, DisappearancesA Stranger in the KingdomWhere the Rivers Flow North, and Northern Borders were made into acclaimed feature movies by the Vermont independent filmmaker Jay Craven. Phillis Claycomb Mosher still lives in the Northeast Kingdom and is a dear friend of our press.

The 2019 winner is Cassie Fancher for her story collection entitled Street of Widows, which is  coming out (at last!) in 2021. The judge was novelist Robin MacArthur.

In 2014, we founded an environmental literary magazine called The Hopper, which has been built, managed, and directed by the talented Jenna Gersie since then. To find out more, you can go to this link for 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 acceptedvia Submittable from August 1 to September 30, 2021.
Submit starting August 1st


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 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 readers, writers, activists, artists . . .
We look forward to reading your work!
THE EDs.

Thank you and happy writing, along with your environmental and social justice activism!