Submission Guidelines for Blue Cedar Press

Because of the large number of submissions we are receiving and the small number of staff working with our press, we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts until after January 1, 2024. We thank you for your interest in Blue Cedar Press and ask that you remember us as a possible publisher for your hard work in the new year.
Michael Poage, Owner and Founding Editor, Blue Cedar Press.


Blue Cedar Press is a small, independent press that publishes two books a year in paperback and ebook formats. We publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Our goal is to publish fine writing by new voices from the Prairie and the Planet. If you wish to have us consider your work for publication, here are our guidelines:

Send to Managing Editor Laura Tillem,

1.      A cover letter that briefly describes the work and the author’s background, lists any publication credits if applicable, and explains why the work is a fit for Blue Cedar Press.

2.      A brief synopsis of the work (“this happens, then this happens…”), no more than two pages in length.

3.      The work itself. Writers may submit either the full manuscript or a sample of between 20 and 30 pages. Please keep in mind that full manuscripts take longer to review. All manuscripts should include page numbers on every page.

Please include all parts of your submission in a single Word document.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

We will acknowledge receipt of your materials within two weeks. Our editor and at least one board member read the submissions and recommend to the board either moving toward publication, requiring changes, or rejecting the manuscript.