Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)

Simultaneous Submissions

We do accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you promptly inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.


Poor Joker Press requires First Serial Rights: "The right to be the first publisher of your work. After the work is published once anywhere, all rights revert back to you." More information can be found here.


Poor Joker Press reserves the right to edit for grammar and clarity without author's notification. All substantive edits are a collaborative process between the press and author.

response time

We attempt to read all submissions within four weeks and will communicate if this is not possible.


Payment terms (percentage of retail price) will be negotiated on an individual basis.