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Full Length Poetry or Fiction Manuscript Submissions

If you have a full-length manuscript ready for publication, we will be reading and considering up to 10 manuscripts per month for future publication beginning January 1, 2020. Current status will be posted here beginning with the January 2020 issue.

Submission guidelines below.


Submission is free. We never charge reading fees.

We are interested in publishing full length books of free verse poetry, as well as the following: formal and/or metrical poetry, experimental poetry, prose poetry, haiku, poetry translations, International and/or African poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, micro fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoirs.

May 1, 2020 Open for Submissions

We are now considering up to 10 full length book manuscripts per month.


We do not charge reading fees.

We prefer books of 90–110 pages, including front and back matter, such as TOC, a forward or introduction, credit pages, etc. At present, we only publish books with black and white interior, no color.


Please send your full manuscript in MS Word (.doc or .docx.) format. (No samples please.)

Name your file like this: Smith1 Poetry Manuscript. (Last name followed by the number of submissions you have sent.) If this is your first manuscript submission to Better Than Starbucks, then follow your last name with the number 1.

Please single space poems, double space between stanzas, and format poems as you would like them to appear.

Include in your email:

  • Your real name.

  • Your pen name (if any).

  • Your biography.

  • Number of words or pages.

  • Your real physical address (Not work or your PO box.)

  • Your mailing address (if different).

  • Your email address.

  • Your phone number.


We will acknowledge your submission upon receipt.

Please allow at least 60 days for us to read your manuscript.



The following are  two sample templates you may use:

Royal: 6.13” x 9.21” minimum 68 pages here.

Crown Quarto: 7.44” x 9.68” minimum 68 pages here.

If we chose your manuscript for publication, you will have input on size and on the cover design, Interior formatting is, by default, in the same style as our journal, although alterations can me made in consultation. 

Author receives a print proof (or more than one if required) and ten author’s copies upon publication.

Author may also purchase additional copies at a discounted cost.

Royalties from the sale of each book will be paid every 60 days, via Paypal. Amount of royalties to be determined based on the length and associated cost of the book, retail price agreed on, etc.

Royalties on sales through BTS/Lulu will be much higher than sales through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

Please note: Although our physical address is in the US, we are an international journal. As such, all our payments to contributors and authors are made via Paypal. You must have a functional Paypal account to receive author’s share of the sales of any book we publish.

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