Novella Chapbook Open Submissions

Novellas. Every writer has them. Few can find a home for them. Who wants to publish a novella?

Mason Jar does. That's that's the answer. Mason Jar Press wants to see your novellas. 

We want your hard-to-place, hard-to-define piece of longform prose. We want to make zines from it. Beautiful, short-run masterworks of awkward, challenging, salient prose. Do you have a traditional murder mystery or story about a sad white suburban dude? We might read that, but we probably aren't going to publish it. Unless it's like really good. Like I've-never-seen-a-murder-mystery-about-a-sad-white-suburban-dude-and-I-need-this-in-my-life-like-fish-need-water kind of good.

What we're more into is stuff that's a little off. We like writing that challenges the model. That's an easier sell for us. Check out what we've published in the past to judge if we're a good home for your work (and maybe buy a copy?). 

We'll choose 1-4 novellas from these open submissions to be published in 2019 & 2020. Payment and contracts will be discussed upon acceptance but we do of course pay our authors.

Send us your gold in standard manuscript format. Send us fiction only please. Google around if you're not sure if your piece fits the specs for a novella. Keep in mind word count minimums and maximums are always fuzzy. Send us your work through Submittable. We do charge a nominal fee that goes to our website and Submittable account. If the fee is burdensome, email us. We're always willing to work something out. 

Submissions open on June 1 and close August 31. Fee will be $5 per submission or free with purchase of a current MJP book. Please submit only once, in standard manuscript format.