Wendy's Subway

Open Reading Period
Due Sep 30 2019

Wendy’s Subway is pleased to announce its first reading period for full-length manuscripts. We seek submissions of innovative, hybrid, and cross-genre work that charts new possibilities and expressions of poetic form.

The winner will author a publication with Wendy’s Subway, receive an honorarium of $1,000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 author copies.

Submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2019. The winning book will be announced in Fall 2019 and published in Spring 2020.

Lucy Ives is the author of two novels: Impossible Views of the World, published by Penguin Press, and, more recently, Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World, published by Soft Skull Press. Her writing has appeared in various publications including Art in America, Artforum, The Baffler, frieze, Granta, and Vogue. She received a 2018 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

The call is open to writers at any stage of their career.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but should the manuscript be accepted for publication elsewhere, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible and withdraw your Submittable application.

Please submit a manuscript of 40 pages or more of original work. While excerpts from the manuscript may have been previously published (as chapbooks, online, or in journals and anthologies), the manuscript as a whole should reflect a new and unpublished work. Your manuscript may include visual art and illustrations. It may not be a translation of another author’s writing and should reflect your original work. Collaborations are accepted. Please include page numbers, a title page, table of contents, and acknowledgements listing previous publications (if applicable). You may only submit one manuscript for consideration. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. You will not have the opportunity to make any edits or revisions to your manuscript in Submittable once it has been submitted. The winning author will have time to revise the manuscript once it has been accepted. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our publishing initiative and public programs to learn more about the mission and activities of Wendy’s Subway.

Wendy’s Subway abides by the Code of Ethics developed by the Community of Literary Magazines and Publishers (see below). We are committed to fairly and ethically evaluating each and every submission. A group of external readers will review all applications anonymously, before the judge selects a manuscript through anonymous review from a group of 10 finalists. Close friends, relatives, colleagues, and students (past and present) of the judge are not eligible to submit. You can write us at publishing [​at​] with any questions about your eligibility or the application process.

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Please submit online using our Submittable page ( No hard copies accepted. There is an entry fee of $20.