Our goal is to publish a limited number of titles annually. We aim to produce well-made books, with an eye to the aesthetics of design, giving each project the careful attention required to make the publishing experience rewarding for the writer and the students and book professionals engaged in the process.


Our Reading Style

Stillhouse Press is a student- and alumni-led teaching press, and as such our editorial interests change with our incoming staff. Always, however, we consistently seek work driven by a distinctive voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We tend to enjoy works with a literary bent that push the boundaries of genre, of the familiar, of the traditional. 

For more information about Stillhouse Press and our submission guidelines, please visit our website: www.stillhousepress.org 


Diversity & Inclusion

Stillhouse Press is committed to publishing work from voices often excluded from traditional publishing, including writers of color, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ writers, and those living with disabilities. To create an accessible platform for marginalized voices, we are offering fee-free submissions to writers who request a fee waiver via our contact form.

$25.00

Stillhouse Press seeks full-length prose manuscripts between 50,000 and 120,000 words for our annual themed contest.  All finalists, screened and selected by Stillhouse staff, will receive consideration for publication. The winning author, selected by an independent judge soon to be announced, will be awarded $500. 

*Multiple submissions require separate contest entries for each manuscript.*

We want to see your musings on the creepy, the unsettling, the unnatural, or the supernatural. Please send us book-length prose in any form—reliable narrative, unreliable narrative, flash fiction, short stories, essays, flash essays, lyricism, media and cultural critique, etc. Distortions and blends of genre are welcome as long as they unearth a core of emotional truth about the self and/or the world at large. 

We’re especially interested in manuscripts that are able to subvert or play with conventional expectations of the horror genre. Send us your ghost stories, your legends, your unhealthy obsessions, and your thoughts that go bump in the night. Give us your creatures and strangers under the bed.


GUIDELINES

  • There is a $25 fee for each contest submission.
  • Only complete, full-length manuscripts will be considered. Please include word count in the top right corner of the first page for all prose submissions and a centered title. As our contests are judged blind, be sure your name appears nowhere on the manuscript. 
  • Please attach manuscripts in either Word .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
  • Simultaneous submissions are discouraged but not forbidden. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Previously published or forthcoming manuscripts will not be considered; previously published single stories, essays, poems, and chapbooks are acceptable, if included in a longer manuscript submission.
  • Stillhouse Press cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with guest judges, the press, or George Mason University’s Creative Writing MFA/BFA programs.
  • We take time in evaluating all submissions. Expect 6-9 months from the date of contest opening for an announcement of results. Contest finalists and winner will be announced in early summer 2024. 


All manuscripts should include a cover letter with

- a short synopsis of the work 

- a short bio with information about your writing background, online presence, and involvement with the larger writing community

- if applicable, any and all relevant content warnings for readers entering your manuscript


While a call for the horrific will by definition involve troubling subject material, submissions that contain unreflective, unironic bigotry or prejudice will be rejected.

$5.00

Stillhouse Press is a student- and alumni-led teaching press, and as such our editorial interests change with our incoming  staff. Always, however, we consistently seek work driven by a distinctive voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We tend to enjoy works with a literary bent that push the boundaries of genre, of the familiar, of the traditional. 

Our goal is to publish a limited number of titles annually. We aim to produce well-crafted books with an eye towards the aesthetics of design. We give each project the careful attention required to make the publishing experience rewarding for the writer and for the students and book professionals engaged in the process.

Stillhouse Press seeks book-length memoir crossed with anything you like!

Fiction, poetry, visual art and disgusting little experiments are welcome here. Please send us your clever observations of the world, from the mundane to the mountainous. Send us your flotsam and jetsam, your sorcery jammed into short spaces. We want your smoke and mirrors, your absolutely bizarre, your weird little nuggets, your fantastical. Your life story as told through an elaborate music video where the entire budget was blown on historically accurate petticoats. Your childhood filtered through the colors of a kaleidoscope. The dissolution of your parents’ marriage through the brands of vodka they purchased. The totaling of your first car after misplacing your ferret in the backseat. Tell the truth, but tell it slanted. 

Your cover letter should include 
— a short synopsis of the work and a short bio.
— information about your writing background, online presence, and involvement with the writing community.
— any and all relevant content warnings for readers entering your manuscript.

We do not welcome
— manuscripts that graphically center traumatic events such as sexual assault, child molestation, intimate partner violence etc. without significant reflection and consideration.
— manuscripts that include triggering or graphic topics without content warnings.
— submissions that explicitly endorse prejudice, racism, xenophobia, classism, sexism, ableism, fat-shaming, homophobia, islamophobia, antisemitism, or contain gratuitous violence.

  • We accept submissions via Submittable. There is a nominal $5 fee/submission for regular submissions to cover our own Submittable expenses.
  • Only complete, full-length manuscripts will be considered for publication. Our ideal manuscript is between 50,000 – 100,000 words for prose. Please include word count in the top right corner of the first page for all prose submissions. 
  • Please attach manuscripts in either Word .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • All manuscripts should include a cover letter with a short synopsis or overview of the work. Authors are also encouraged to share information about their writing background, online presence, involvement with the writing community, and inspiration for their submission.
  • Previously published or forthcoming manuscripts will not be considered; previously published single stories, essays, poems, and chapbooks are acceptable if included in a longer manuscript submission. Please include an acknowledgements page at the beginning or end of the manuscript.
  • Stillhouse Press cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with guest judges, the press, or George Mason University’s Creative Writing MFA/BFA programs.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication. 
  • We take time in considering all submissions. Expect 6-9 months for a decision. We welcome queries after 9 months have passed. Queries about manuscripts under review can be sent via email to submissions@stillhousepress.org. Queries should include your name, the date of submission, and the manuscript title. 

*We offer fee-free submissions for authors who have a financial need. Fee waivers can be requested through the contact form on our website. *

Stillhouse Press