We are looking for original, well-written, thought-provoking essays. At this time we are not seeking book reviews, or criticism of one book, although broader criticism of fiction is acceptable. We generally hope to engage the small press community, hear from our peers and colleagues, and expand the conversation on fiction and the writing process around the water cooler. Have an idea? Try us. Essays are published on our website and we can offer writers a stellar canvas bag to carry all your favorite books.  

Reading Period: 
  •  Submissions are open all year
Submission Guidelines: 
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished 
  • 1,000 to 3,500 words 

Unmanned seeks orginal literary fiction manuscripts. Completed novels and short story collections are welcome. We never accept manuscripts outside of our reading periods. Please visit the FAQ on our website for notes from our editors. 


Reading Period(s):

  • Our reading period for book manuscripts (fiction) will reopen in 2014

Submission Guidelines: 

  • Cover Letter (Please make sure to include your full name, address, telephone number, and email)
  • First 25 pages of completed manuscript 
  • If you are submitting a collection of stories, please include a Table of Contents (TOC)
  • Please only query us with one submission at a time


Please do not hit the SUBMIT button if our reading period is closed. Your manuscript will be returned, unread. 

Each month, Unmanned publishes an original short work of literary fiction by an emerging and/or underserved writer that exhibits literary skill, sharpness, and originality. Selected writers are awarded $250, publication, and an author interview. If you have an awesome short story, please follow our guidelines with care. 

Reading Period: 
  •  Submissions for 2013 will close on September 15 and reopen in 2014

Submission Guidelines: 

  • Cover letter (please include your full name, address, telephone number, and email) 
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished
  • Length is up to the author (don’t offend us by sending a novel or only one sentence) 
  • You are welcome to submit more than one story, albeit not at the same time. Please wait until we respond before sending another submission
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, meaning you may submit your piece to several publishers, but please notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere


We encourage you to visit our website to get to know us better prior to submitting: www.unmannedpress.com 

Unmanned Press