We will be accepting submissions from December 10-23, 2022. for approximately five more titles to be released in the second half of 2023.

We are looking for collections of short stories, essays, novellas, novels and poetry. We are always interested in works in translation from Asia Pacific and first books. As a basic rule of thumb, we're looking for poetry collections of 60-120 pages in length (approximately 30 lines per page) and fiction works of up to 60,000 words. We're also interested in non-fiction prose books (up to 60,000 words) on topics related to arts, culture and creativity in Asia Pacific.

Please send submissions to <submissions[at]vagabondpress[dot]net> from December 10-23. Submissions won't be accepted outside the submission dates.

Manuscripts must be by a single author. We are not accepting co-authored books or edited anthologies.

Please do not submit a manuscript that is currently under offer to another publisher, or that you previously submitted to us in the July 2022 open call.

Please only send us a single manuscript. If you have multiple completed manuscripts, send only one.

To submit your manuscript, we will need the following in a single PDF:

1. Cover letter – providing (a) the author’s contact details; (b) author bio and publishing history; (c) a brief synopsis of the work; (d) a brief explanation of how publication will impact your career.
2. The manuscript – remember to include a table of contents, list of acknowledgments of work in the manuscript previously published elsewhere.
3. (Optional) Letter of support from a writer/editor familiar with your work.

Formatting of the manuscript: if in doubt, keep it simple (A4 page, standard margins, standard font at 10 or 12pt).

Please save and send the above as a single PDF using your family name + the title of the manuscript + the genre as the file name. (For example, ‘Yahp_TheCrocodileFury_novel.pdf’, ‘Holt_Capacity_poetry.pdf’, ‘Smith_Mothertongue_memoir.pdf’.)

Due to limited resources and funding, we are only able to publish a very small fraction of the manuscripts we receive each year and will only be able to respond in detail to submissions we hope to publish.

We will aim to let successful submissions know by January 31, 2023.