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Wendy’s Subway is pleased to announce our fifth 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 author will publish a book with Wendy’s Subway, receive an honorarium of $1,250, and 25 author copies.


Deadline and Announcement

Submissions will be accepted through July 1, 2024. The winning book will be announced in Fall 2024 and published in Fall 2025. 



Bhanu Kapil is the author of six books of poetry and hybrid work, including two new editions of Incubation: a space for monsters, published by Prototype (UK) and Kelsey Street Press in 2023. Currently, she is based in Cambridge, England, where she is an Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College. The winner of the TS Eliot prize, a Windham Campbell prize, and a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors, Kapil has written two new books, as yet in manuscript form: The Secret Garden, a novel of the forest, and Promiscuity, an unpublishable work of creative nonfiction.



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chapbooks, online, or in journals and anthologies, for instance), the manuscript as a whole should reflect a new and unpublished work.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.

Our submission review process is not 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  before the judge selects a manuscript 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.