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Frequently asked


  • Do you solicit manuscripts? What are my chances of being accepted?
    Abode Press is unique in the fact that we do not solicit manuscripts because we believe it is important to give everyone an equal chance to be selected for publication. Each team is composed of over 8 readers to ensure that we select the manuscripts that best reflect our mission and values.
  • Do you have chapbook fees?
    The plan is to acquire as many chapbooks as possible, so all money gained during this submission window will go towards acquiring titles, meaning the more money we make, the more books we can acquire. We believe providing an equitable pay structure based on circumstance is important so that everyone can have the chance to submit, which is why we have five different payment options: $5, $8, $10, $15, and $20. If you are a Queer and/or Trans writer of color and are unable to pay the fee, please email for a fee waiver, no questions asked. Since we are a press that not only prioritizes marginalized voices but is also run by marginalized writers and editors, we understand how important it is to level the playing field.
  • How many chapbooks do you plan to acquire each reading period?
    While this answer fully depends on how much money we raise from donations and chapbook fees, we are aiming to accept 2 to 3 books per section, equaling 6 to 10 chapbooks per reading period.
  • Are there hidden fees? Will I have to pay out of pocket for anything involving my book?
    Aside from paying the chapbook reading fee, which we have made sure is accessible to all, there is nothing else you will need to pay for should your chapbook be acquired. There are no hidden fees. The Press pays for the books and we handle shipping and distribution in house as well as all marketing and advertising.
  • Are you looking for more readers?
    Yes! We can always use more readers on team. Reading periods are from August to December and readers only need to read 1-2 manuscripts a week with a push to read more at the end when submissions close. This is a volunteer position but all readers get access to our virtual workshops for free as thanks. If interested, please send an email to and tell us what section you're interested in reading for (hybrid, fiction, poetry) and include a CV detailing any previous reading experience (if applicable).
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