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Wendy’s Subway is pleased to announce our fourth reading period for full-length manuscripts. Titles selected through the Open Reading Period are published as part of the Passage Series, which assembles books by emerging writers and artists whose work manifests in innovative, hybrid, and cross-genre forms that imagine new possibilities and expressions of the poetic, the political, and the social.

The winner will author a publication with Wendy’s Subway, receive an honorarium of $1,250, a standard royalty contract, and 25 author copies.

Deadline and Announcement

Submissions will be accepted through October 10, 2022. The winning book will be announced in Winter 2023 and published in Winter 2024.


Asiya Wadud is the author of several collections of poems, including day pulls down the sky/ a filament in gold leaf (written with Okwui Okpokwasili) and No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body. Her recent writing appears in e-flux journal, BOMB Magazine, Poem-a-Day, Triple Canopy and elsewhere. She also regularly collaborates with Fortnight Institute to write exhibition texts. Asiya’s work has been supported by the Foundation Jan Michalski, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Danspace Project, Finnish Cultural Institute of New York, Mount Tremper Arts, and Kunstenfestivaldesarts, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York where she teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School and Columbia University.


The call is open to writers at any stage of their career. Wendy’s Subway is committed to a publishing practice that amplifies marginalized and underrepresented writers.

Simultaneous Submissions

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.

Format and Guidelines

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chapbooks, online, or in journals and anthologies, for instance), the manuscript as a whole should reflect a new and unpublished work. Your manuscript may include visual art and illustrations. Collaborations are accepted. While experimental approaches to translation will be considered, one-to-one translations of another author’s writing are not eligible.

This year, our submission review process will not be anonymous. Your manuscript should include: page numbers, a title page, a table of contents, and acknowledgements of previous publication, if applicable. Please also include a one-paragraph biographical statement in the submission form. You may only submit one manuscript for consideration. 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.

Conflict of Interest

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 and Wendy's Subway staff will review all applications anonymously before the judge selects a manuscript through anonymous review from the 10 finalists. Close friends, relatives, colleagues, and students (past and present) of the judge are not eligible to submit.

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.

How to Submit

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

The $20 submission fee assists our small press support publishing costs and writer honoraria. We recognize that not everyone can afford this expense at this time, and are committed to making this call as accessible as possible. We are offering a fee waiver if this expense presents a hardship for you. Please email publishing@wendyssubway.com with any questions or to make a request, using the subject line “Open Reading Period Waiver.”

You can write us at publishing@wendyssubway.com with any questions about your eligibility or the application process.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.