Our 2022 Open submissions and prizes are open. 


2022 PRIZES

We're pleased to announce the Steel Toe Books 2022 Prize in Poetry and the Steel Toe Books 2021 Prize in Prose, for fiction and nonfiction opens January 1, 2022!

All books submitted to the awards are considered for general publication and are published as print and eBooks. In addition to the winner, we  look to publish 1-3 other titles in each category. 

In addition, we have an open chapbook category which includes an honorarium, copies, and an invitation to read at our next event! We publish 1-3 chapbooks per year. 

Steel Toe has published 26 books since 2003 and is excited to began publishing fiction and nonfiction in 2021 from our 2020 awards.

Please see individual entry categories for guidelines.  All submissions are read blind and delivered as such to judges who choose the final selection and shortlist.

In addition to the prize winners, we consider all other submissions for publication. 

Please send us your edgy and risk-taking, diverse and dynamic work! All subject matter welcome, inclusive of historically marginalized voices.



A NOTE ON RE-SUBMISSIONS:

Please take care to dot your i's and cross your t's.  We cannot entertain most requests for re-submission. Please allow 9 months for open submissions consideration before reaching out. For prizes, we announce in Nov/Dec every year and cannot reply to status before then. It's best not to re-submit in the same year.


$500 award and publication for a full-length poetry collection. No maximum page count. All manuscripts are considered for standard publication. Longlist, award, and shortlist are announced in October 2022. The selection will also receive a $1,000 promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks.
Deadline July 31st, 2022

Submission Guidelines:
Please include a short bio and synopsis in the section below and attach your submission separately with no identifying marks.
Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:
12 point font, single space.
***please remove author name and other author identifying remarks from the submission***
We encourage all identities, peoples, and positive beliefs to submit!

$500 award and publication for a full length collection of prose in the form of Novel, Short Story, Essay, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir and hybrid forms. No maximum page count. All manuscripts are considered for standard publication. Longlist, award, and shortlist are announced in October 2022. The selection will also receive a $1,000 promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks.
Deadline July 31st, 2022
Submission Guidelines:
Include a summary of the book as well as a longer synopsis (250 words max) in the section below and submit the manuscript separately with no identifying marks.  Please also include a bio.
Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:
12 point font, double spaced.
***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***
We encourage all identities, peoples, and positive beliefs to submit!

STB is looking to publish 1-3 full length books from our open submission pool, selected by the editor and other staff each year. Our prize submissions are selected by judges, so our open submission period will be looked at with a different eye.  We offer 15 copies and a standard publication contract, with invitations to events and readings. All books are sold via BookShop and other venues.

Deadline: October 1, 2022


Submission Guidelines:

Please include a short bio and synopsis in the section below and attach your submission separately with no identifying marks.  Please make sure to space the bio and synopsis and write everything clearly and concisely.

We encourage all identities, peoples, and positive beliefs to submit!


Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:

12 point font, single space for poetry and double space for prose. Standard font style.  

***please remove author name and other author identifying remarks from the submission***



STB is looking to publish 1-3 full length books from our open submission pool, selected by the editor and other staff each year. Our prize submissions are selected by judges, so our open submission period will be looked at with a different eye.  We offer 15 copies and a standard publication contract, with invitations to events and readings. All books are sold via BookShop and other venues.

Deadline: October 1, 2022


Submission Guidelines:

Please include a short bio and synopsis in the section below and attach your submission separately with no identifying marks.  Please make sure to space the bio and synopsis and write everything clearly and concisely.

We encourage all identities, peoples, and positive beliefs to submit!


Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:

12 point font, single space for poetry and double space for prose. Standard font style.  

***please remove author name and other author identifying remarks from the submission***



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