dam·aged goods 
noun, a small press specializing in books by queer and trans people

Damaged Goods Press accepts chapbook length and full-length manuscripts on a rolling basis, and is currently reading for publication in late 2020 and beyond.

CHAPBOOKS: submit 20-40 pages of poetry, micro memoir, or lyric essay 

FULL-LENGTHS: submit 60-120 pages of poetry, prose poetry, lyric essay, or hybrid non-fiction

The content does not have to be queer or trans related

Damaged Goods Press will publish 3-5 books a year, so please, submit only your very best, polished work

Damaged Goods Press does not charge reading/submission fees

We make every attempt to respond to submissions within four (4) months, sometimes it’s shorter, sometimes it’s longer, but we ALWAYS reply

Book runs are open-ended


Writers will receive 20 perfect bound copies of their book, with the option to purchase additional copies at cost (meaning we make no money and there are no royalties).

50% of net profits from book sales will be paid to the writer on an annual basis via PayPal or Venmo.

For an idea of our tastes, please visit Crab Fat Magazine or our bookstore

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please submit manuscripts through Submittable:


Got questions, comments, or concerns? Email us at editor@damagedgoodspress.com

UPDATED 04/14/2020


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  1. Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could clarify for me, are you looking for chapbooks that focus on queer/trans characters and explore queer/trans issues, or chapbooks on any theme written by queer/trans people?


  2. Evening!

    I’m just looking for a bit of clarification myself.

    Are the chapbooks you’re seeking, manuscript wise, only allowed to be flash fiction collections? I have a novelette I’d love to submit that is 30 pages long, but I’m not sure if it coincides with what you’re looking for.

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Diana,

      Currently, we are only considering collections of poetry and flash, but this may change in the future. Thanks so much for checking us out though!

  3. Hi,

    I wanted to submit a chapbook, but I had 3 questions

    1.) Do you have specific formatting requirements? (font, font size, etc..)
    2.) Do you want us to submit a bio or cover letter along with our work?
    3.) If we want art to be included with our chapbook, do we discuss that later if our work is accepted or do we have to submit it in our manuscript?

    -Thank you,

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Use something standard for your chap, times new roman/garamond size 12.

      please submit a bio in the cover letter field on submittable, the cover letter should just tell us what we’re reading.

      we don’t typically use art in books, but we’re open to b/w photos and line drawings.

  4. Hi,
    I was wondering if you only accept works from writers in America. I am a 16-year-old boy living in Taiwan. Though English isn’t my native tongue, I’m quite fluent in it and I like to write English love poems from a gay boy’s perspective. Is this acceptable?

    -Thank you.

  5. Hello, was just wondering if there was a style guide for submissions? I would love to submit the manuscript for a poetry collection but wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing any presentation guidelines.

    1. Hi Louis, as long as your manuscript is in an easy to read font, single poems to a page, with minimal document formatting, then it’s good to go. Accessibility is most important to us, so the easier it is to a page reader the better.

    1. Hi Quinn, that won’t be necessary, simply submit your chapbook on Submittable, preferably with as little formatting as possible (page breaks, title pages are good).

  6. About full-length poetry collection submissions: some of my poems are more than one page long (due to line breaks). Should I adjust the formatting in order to “shorten” these pieces to 1 piece per page?

    Thanks for your time!

  7. Hi,

    Should we include additional pages (dedication, forward, acknowledgments, etc. ) in the manuscript, or is this established/added after selection?


  8. Hi there!
    If my manuscript is about 18 / 19 pages, is that alright to send? Or is 20 a hard limit?
    Thanks so much for your time!

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