Measure: Open To Manuscript Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone

Important: Read This Before Submitting Your Manuscript

Seven common manuscript submissions mistakes that are very easy to avoid.

Measure Press is a small press that publishes poetry, criticism, and poetry instruction as well as a semi-annual literary journal that focuses exclusively on publishing formal poetry. Their poetry journal, Measure, has been around since 2005. It has become an established and respected publisher of formal poetry. Measure Press is run by editors Rob Griffith and Paul Bone.

Measure Press is a newer venture, and as such there is not that much information available on them. There are certain risks attached to submitting to a unproven press like Measure, however these risks are mitigated in part by the fact that the literary journal is established and respected. However, at the time of publication of this article, they have yet to publish any books.

Measure Press requires that all poetry manuscripts be between 50-100 pages of poetry in length. They have no fixed page limit rules for text books or books of criticism.

Poems should be single spaced and prose should be double spaced. They do not charge submitters any fees and if your book is accepted you will be issued a standard royalty contract. What they mean by standard royalty contract is up for debate. However it is usually in the neighborhood of 10%. Because poetry books do not tend to make a lot of money this is not generally seen as a point of contention. However, it terms of textbooks it may be a bigger issue.

They permit simultaneous submissions but you must notify them if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts should be submitted in one file. That file should be formatted to be a .doc, a PDF, or an RTF.  Include a cover letter, an acknowledgments page, and your contact information in this file. Submit your manuscript electronically through their website. Make sure you mark the genre as “Book Submission”.

To learn more or to submit, please visit their website here.




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