We are so pleased to announce the release of Eloisa Amezcua’s, Symptoms of Teething, now available for order! You can purchase a copy here, or over under the books menu, where you may find a few other titles you’d like to pick up.

Amezcua’s poems received the following praise:

Here is a book of poems that is, at every turn, deeply invested in the kinds of love we share—with each other, with ourselves, with our pasts, and with our futures. In one moment, “we fall asleep / and there is no more falling.” In the next, the morning where “we fabricate each / other into being.” I am so grateful to Eloisa Amezcua for all her fabrications, for building us this little museum of love.
Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf

We have three more chapbooks to release this year, with two titles very close to release

If you think you have a manuscript we might love, our annual contest ends May 31st, 2017. You can find all the details you need at our Submittable. We hope to see your book release announcement here next year!

In just two days, Paper Nautilus celebrates its fourth anniversary, after being founded on a snowy sick day in my apartment.

Today, we are opening for our fourth round of the Vella Chapbook Contest, named after my grandparents – Nancy and Charles – whose generosity allowed me to found Paper Nautilus and pay for the first issue’s production. The prize for this contest is 100 perfect-bound copies, with ISBN. $11 entry fee.

Today we are also opening for our very first Debut Series Chapbook Contest, which is only open to writers who have yet to publish a chapbook or book-length work in any genre, with just a $5 entry fee. (In order to keep costs lower for writers, we have an additional option for this contest that, for $8, pays the entry fee and comes with a back issue). We have a strong commitment to emerging writers, and this is our new venture to truly showcase how serious we are about getting their voices out into the world. The prize for this contest is 50 hand-stitched copies, without ISBN.

Both contests are open to poetry, short fiction, mixed-genre or hybrid work. You can find both contests at our Submittable page.

Paper Nautilus produces an additional 15-25 copies of each title, for us to sell at conferences and book fairs, or directly on our website; for any sales generated in this way, authors will receive 10% royalties. If a title is popular, and the author wishes for more copies, we will happily pursue additional printing and sell them to you at-cost.

You can find more details about our process, business model, or other aspects of how we operate, by checking the links for each contest in the menu bar above. We welcome any and all questions, as transparency in our approach matters a lot to us.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work between now and May 15th!

Summer Updates

July 8, 2014

Hope all of you are enjoying your summer, and finding some time to relax. This is the time of year for vacations and getaways, and indulging ourselves in some much-needed unwinding. While our staff is busy reading and discussing your work and I’m making my way through the chapbook entries (which, by the way, are phenomenal), I’m hoping all of us at PN can find enough downtime, too.

If you’re looking for some great summer reading – but without the committment required of a long novel – our summer chapbook bundle sale is available here: http://readpapernautilus.blogspot.com/2014/06/summer-sale.html All three chapbooks are available for a total of $19 (including S&H), which is about 20% our list price if purchased individually. This sale ends on July 10th – in just two days – so be sure to check it out soon!

We’re also just a little over halfway through our 2014 Vella Chapbook Contest, which ends on August 15th. This is our third year running this contest, and I’m excited to continue our committment to supporting writers by helping make their incredible work available to a larger audience. If you have a collection that you think we should see, please do send it over to us at: https://papernautilus.submittable.com/submit/29950

We’ll let you get back to picnicking, swimming, napping in the sun, or perhaps even writing. However you’re spending these long days, we hope you’re enjoying them.

Lisa Mangini