Steel Toe Books is a small poetry press associated with Western Kentucky University.

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Steel Toe Books Submission Guidelines

Submission Address

Department of English
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11086
Bowling Green KY 42101-1086

Phone: (270) 745-5769

Submitting Your Work to Steel Toe Books

Before submitting to Steel Toe Books

The Market List recommends you verify the market is active and accepting submissions before sending your manuscript via regular mail. You may verify a market status by either visiting their website, calling their listed phone number, or comfirming via regular mail that the market is still active before sending them your work. To be sure your submission is appropriate for this market, we recommend you familiarize yourself with Steel Toe Books by reading a sample issue before submitting.


If you have recently submitted to Steel Toe Books or have experience with this market, please submit a comment below. Recent submission response times are always welcome and helpful to other writers.

From the Steel Toe Books guidelines:

Steel Toe Books is reading full-length poetry manuscripts [see website for reading period]. This is open to any poets, whether or not they have previously published books. We plan to extend a standard royalties contract, including a $500 advance, to at least one poet. This is not a contest and there is no reading fee, but we do ask everyone who submits to purchase one of our existing titles directly from us. Send your 48-80 page manuscript, along with a check and completed order form (available via the “Order” button on the left), to Steel Toe Books. Do not include a SASE. All manuscripts will be recycled, and our selections will be posted on this web site.

Submission Guidelines Details for Steel Toe Books

Market Type: Book

Contact: Dr. Tom C. Hunley, Director


Accepts: Poetry

Web Address:

Click here for complete guidelines