Greying Ghost was started in March of 2007 in a steamy attic apartment just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Since its inception the press has released nearly 130 chapbooks, pamphlets and ephemera; each painstakingly printed, assembled, and distributed by hand, in house. Over the past few years we have acquired a tabletop printing press and have begun the process of creating prints and broadsides.In addition to letterpress the press also utilizes xerox technology (ha!) and inkjet printers. The mission has and will continue to be to pour blood, sweat, and tears into the work of dedicated authors who titillate and wrench our guts.
Can I submit?
While we are not currently accepting poetry or fiction manuscripts, we are still accepting submissions for both out pamphlet and art zine series. Pamphlet submissions should deal specifically with short travelogues,essays, translations, lists, anything weird and compelling. Zine submissions should deal with black and white photography, xerox art, collage art, illustration, comics, or hand-drawn maps.
How much should I send?
We only read one submission per person during the reading period, so make your one shot count. We’re flexible when it comes to overall length but obviously try and keep it short and tight. For poetry, aim for 20-25 pages. For prose and non-fiction and visual media submissions, aim for 15-20 pages. These are rough ballpark lengths. Just send your absolute best work. If we dig it, we’ll figure something out. Photos, collages, and artwork should be sent as high-res JPEG or TIFF files. Digital and scanned film photos will both be considered. We will not check out your Instagram feed. Send us a well-curated selection.
Is there a reading fee?
In lieu of a reading fee we ask that you purchase one of our chapbooks. This will give you a sense of who we are as a press and the quality of writing we are drawn to. We won’t judge your submission any differently if you choose not to purchase a book. But know that if you do you’ll be helping us out a great deal.
How do I submit?
Send your submissions - as either a .pdf or .doc attachment - to us HERE. Please have your last name and title of manuscript in the subject line [ex: Last name, Title]. Also keep cover letters and bios short and to the point. I very rarely read them. But if you feel the need to toot your own horn, keep the tooting to a minimum. Other than that you're pretty much all set. It’s email. Email is easy. Please don't just send us a link to your instragam, flickr, or personal website. That's lazy. Don't be lazy.
Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
No. We don't want to fight with other presses for you work. Sorry for being wimpy.
When will I receive a response?
Everyone will receive a response within 30 days of submitting. We’re looking to publish 10-12 zines in 2016-17. Depending on how many submissions we ultimately accept, these totals could change wildly. Chapbooks will be published in an edition of 100 copies, zines in editions of no more than 50. Subsequent print runs will be considered after conferring with authors or artists.
Will I be paid if published?
While we can’t offer monetary payment, published authors and artists will receive 1/4th of all print runs of their book for free. If an author or artist needs more than 25 copies, we’ll then offer a 2-for-1 discount on our online store.
If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch using the contact form to the left.
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