Nonfiction 2020

Send us your full-length manuscript of true prose. Or semi-true. We’re flexible and we're open to many sub-genres, though we tend to lean to semi-experimental literary styles. Take a look at our previous nonfiction publications for an idea of what we like.

Again, we tend to prefer work that pushes the bounds of literary norms, but that isn’t to say we only like that. We welcome surprise. Try us (but only try us with nonfiction). We’ll read your manuscript, and if we love it, we’ll publish it. If your submission’s not for us, we'll try to offer suggestions, but we can't promise that.

One chosen manuscript will be published in Summer, 2020. We may choose more than one and if so, it/they will be published no earlier than 2021.

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Please meet our readers:

Tyrese Coleman is the writer of How to Sit (Mason Jar Press, 2018), a memoir in stories and essays. She really enjoyed Kiese Laymon's Heavy, Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped, Mitchell Jackson's Survival Math and could not put down Jabari Asim's We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival. Tyrese also loved Maggie Nelson's Bluets and is very partial to experimental, lyrical work.

Erika Franz is an author and reader. In addition to academic history, rockets and planes, and Queer content, Erika's a big fan of memoirish writing that breaks the mold, such as How to Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee, Out of Step by Anthony Moll, and Onigamiising,Seasons of an Ojibwe Year by Linda LeGarde Grover. All of the Object Lessons books from Bloomsbury that Erika read were amazing.

Lucas Southworth's collection of short stories, Everyone Here Has a Gun, won the Grace Paley Prize. He loves the immersive essays of John McPhee and the painstakingly researched work of Eula Biss. Also, the political and contentious, like Joy Williams Ill Nature, and nonfiction that takes readers toward intellectual and culture discovery, like James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, and Susan Sontag's On Photography.

Michael B. Tager is the Managing Editor of Mason Jar Press. He chose Tyrese Coleman's How to Sit from a previous open submissions. In addition, he's a big fan of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, the Boss Fight Books and 33 1/3 series, and books of thematically-linked essays (Chuck Klosterman, David Foster Wallace, Mindy Kaling). He likes it weird, y'all.

Rachel Wooley is the Senior Reader for Mason Jar Press. She likes reading nonfiction from unusual perspectives, and histories told from new points of view (especially if they're humorous or involve travel). DFW's "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" is a favorite; more recently she enjoyed "Educated" by Tara Westover and "The Long Haul" by Finn Murphy.

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