Metatron Press is a literary publisher based in Tio'tia:ke (Montréal, Canada) on unceded Kanien'kehá:ka territory. We specialize in publishing edgy and spirited contemporary writing by new and rising authors. We've been putting our moody and fun poetic stamp on the world since 2012, publishing literary pocketbooks, digital poetry, running an annual writing prize (The Metatron Prize for Rising Authors) and producing unique literary happenings. Devoted to publishing perspectives that reflect the experiences and sensibilities of our time, we seek out emotionally-resonant work that challenges and informs a new direction and style of contemporary writing.

We specifically encourage submissions from anyone living on the margins of the imperialist, capitalist, ableist, hetero-normative, patriarchal, white-supremacist machine (bell hooks) and anyone else seeking an encouraging and safe environment to showcase their work. If you identify as such and wish for us to know, please include the information in your submission.

We look forward to reading your work and thank you in advance for trusting us as a space to feature it :)


xo
Metatron

Please send us your micro poems! 

We are excited to announce that we are using Instagram as a digital publishing platform. Our hope with this is to explore this new “genre” of writing—writing that is precise as well as constrained and informed by the limits of Instagram.

All submitted pieces must fit into a single-page format suitable for posting on Instagram. How the pieces look are totally up to you. As long as its square format and readable on Instagram, it is eligible for publication. Please note: A larger font size (16 pt+) is desired, 20 lines and less.

Feel free to upload 8 pieces per submission!


We appreciate the opportunity to discover and read your work!


<3

Luv, Metatron


P.S. If you enjoy this series and want to support our press, please consider purchasing the books/ e-books that we pour our love into via our website. Alternatively, there is an OPTION below to make a small donation to us. Funds will be used to help cover the pricey annual fees associated with running this Submittable account. Please keep in mind Submittable keeps $1.25 per submission.

Please send us your video poems!

We are excited to announce that we are branching into video poetry and will be using YouTube and Instagram as a platform for these. Our hope with this is to explore this new “genre” of poetry—language and video merged together to further explore and express a creative idea.

All submitted pieces must include a video submission of 30 seconds to 5 minutes long.

We appreciate the opportunity to discover your work!


<3

Luv, Metatron


P.S. If you enjoy this series and want to support our press, please consider purchasing the books/ e-books that we pour our love into via our website. Alternatively, there is an OPTION below to make a small donation to us. Funds will be used to help cover the pricey annual fees associated with running this Submittable account. Please keep in mind Submittable keeps $1.25 per submission.

With Guest Judges:

Marlowe Granados & Fariha Roísín


★ 1ST PLACE (FICTION): $777, METATRON PUBLISHING CONTRACT

★ 1ST PLACE (POETRY): $777, METATRON PUBLISHING CONTRACT

★ 12 FINALISTS (6 FICTION, 6 POETRY): FEATURED IN A METATRON PRIZE SPECIAL FEATURE IN 2022


Submissions Now Open!


Get your manuscripts ready! The Metatron Prize for Rising Authors is officially back after a hiatus, and we are open for submissions!

This year our guest judges are two of our favourite contemporary writers: Marlowe Granados (Fiction) and Fariha Róisín (Poetry)! These two powerhouse women have carved out inspiring space for themselves in the literary world. They push and artistically play at the edges of literary tradition and do it on their own terms, and we love that about them!

This year we have decided to create two distinct categories for Poetry and Fiction. The two winning manuscripts of this year’s Metatron Prize (1 Poetry, 1 Fiction) will each be awarded $777, a contract to be published with Metatron in 2022, and book blurbs from our guest judges. All twelve (6 Poetry, 6 Fiction) longlisted pieces will be considered for publication, be featured and profiled in a special Metatron Prize feature on our website, and receive author promotion on our social media platforms.

The Metatron Prize provides emerging writers with an opportunity to have their work broadcast to an amazingly supportive, diverse, far-reaching, book-loving community. We love The Metatron Prize because it allows us and our community the opportunity to discover new writers, and we are so happy and excited to be bringing you this new edition.

The Metatron Prize was founded in 2015 as a means to discover and support more rising writers, and has contributed to four fantastic debut collections: ʔbédayine by Kaitlyn Purcell (shortlisted for an Indigenous Voices Award), number one earth by jasper avery, Soft Focus by Sarah Jean Grimm and Pony Castle by Sofia Banzhaf. We have also published a vast array of titles that we have discovered and fallen in love with during the reading for the Prize.

Rules

★ Submissions open from August 1st 2021 to October 1st 2021. Submissions will close at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

★ The Metatron Prize is open to applicants any and everywhere in the world.

★ Submission fee: $25.
If you are BIPOC or LGBTQ2S+ and can’t afford the submission fee, please email us. No explanations needed. We have set aside a number of free submissions. *Please note: We have 8 free submissions left (09/22/21).

★ Length: Your manuscript should be long enough to become a full-length printed book, a minimum of about 40 typed pages. There is no maximum page length, but keep in mind our books typically range from 48-150 pages. If you are not certain whether or not your book is a good fit for our press, we recommend you purchase some of our ebooks and/or printed books to get an understanding of the type of work we tend to publish.

★ Formatting: Please format your submission in any way you see fit (font, spacing). We suggest putting poems on individual pages, but really are not picky about formatting. Have fun with it!

★ Identifying info is allowed but not required on submissions.

★ Poetry: We accept all forms of poetry, including mixed-genre works.

★ Fiction: We accept all forms of fiction, including auto-fiction.

★ Eligibility: Please note that 'Rising Authors' is meant to encourage applicants to submit who are at the beginning stages of their writing careers, regardless of age. We recommend that applicants submit if:
     ★ You have no books/chapbooks published
     ★ You have a couple chapbooks published
     ★ You have a book published with a small, independent publisher
     ★ In short, if you identify as 'Rising', then please submit!

★ You may submit a previously self-published work as long as it doesn’t have an ISBN affiliated with it.

★ We accept simultaneous submissions. If your manuscript is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately by withdrawing your submission via Submittable.

★ If you have submitted a manuscript to our open reading period (formerly or present) that was rejected or is still under consideration, you may resubmit to The Metatron Prize. We will have new editors involved with the reading of manuscripts, so your work will be read as a new submission.

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