The Word Works - NewPages Guide to Book Publishers
The Word Works
About The Word Works: For 30 years The Word Works has published fine poetry books of all styles. Sturdy and adventurous, we look for the same qualities in our authors.
PO Box 42164
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: (301) 581-9439
Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Electronic submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 1/15-3/1 postmark for the Washington Prize ($25 fee); 4/1 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection (invitational); fiction contest forthcoming; open reading period in development. Response time: 4-5 months for The Washington Prize; 2 months for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection. Payment: Authors receive 100 copies+Washington Prize winners receive $1500 Contests: yes (see website) Year Founded: 1974 Distributors: Small Press Distribution; Ingram; Baker & Taylor Number of titles per year: 2-4 Number of titles in print: 70+
Publisher’s description: The Word Works seeks crafted poetry that reaches for its readers, with no limitations on poetic style, theme, or author history. Manuscripts are read blind, providing opportunities for early-career writers as well as the already-published. Enid Shomer, Fred Marchant, and Richard Lyons got their start with us, while Frannie Lindsay and John Surowiecki appeared in our lists mid-career.
The Word Works includes poets in the decisions about design and has increased its author support. We offer feedback to finalists and semi-finalists.