Brain Mill Press
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Brain Mill Press publishes around twenty titles a year in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. BMP also has an online journal, VOICES, which publishes columns and commentary.

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All BMP books are available everywhere books and ebooks are sold, in digital and print formats, including directly from BMP. Digital editions ordered through BMP do not contain DRM. Fine first editions of our titles are only available through BMP.

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For Authors

Brain Mill Press publishes around twenty titles a year in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. BMP also has an online journal, VOICES, which publishes columns and commentary.

We are primarily interested in submissions from women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ authors. As a “story-first” publisher, we flatten genre distinctions by focusing our production and marketing decisions around what the appeals are in each project. We commission or purchase original art for every cover, pay for innovative and original cover design, and invest in high-quality editing of all titles. BMP titles are internationally distributed in ebook and print editions and available everywhere print books and ebooks are sold.

Royalties and subrights terms are generous for the industry, and all terms are negotiable. We are happy to work with agents or with authors representing themselves.

We open submissions to novelists and poets several times a year through general and specific calls. Our poetry series publishes chapbooks and single-author collections in alternate years. Our novella contest selects two novellas for publication each year. Each press series opens and closes to submissions at the series editor’s discretion.

We also publish essays by writers and artists on VOICES, our online platform. We invite submissions on monthly themes or to our multiauthor columns. We also consider proposals for new columns. Brain Mill Press pays for essay submissions at industry-standard rates. Currently open calls are posted on our submissions page and listed on our Submittable portal.

Learn about our Mineral Point Poetry Series

Learn about our Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest

Learn about our Hellum & Neal Series in LGBTQIA+ Literature

Learn about our Ab Terra Series in International Science Fiction

Learn about our Liminal Comics imprint

Learn about our fiction program supporting authors of color, edited by Vanessa Willoughby

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For Artists

Supporting makers, including artists, is part of our mission at Brain Mill Press. One way we do this is to use original art on all Brain Mill Press covers and to illustrate VOICES, our online journal. We work with photographers, painters, collage artists, illustrators, printmakers, and other 2-D artists to create appealing cover imagery and interior illustrations to represent every story we publish.

Artists who enjoy writing should consider writing a column for Makers on Making, a monthly feature on our online platform that highlights the art process, success, failure, and what we learn from them. Details can be found on our submissions page.

All of the artists whose work we use are featured on our website and in our newsletter, credited in our publications, and compensated financially and retain rights to their work.

Submit art to current open art calls

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All artists are invited to submit portfolio samples for future project consideration via the “Invited Submissions” portal on our Submittable page.

For Agents

Brain Mill Press publishes around twenty titles a year in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. BMP also has an online journal, VOICES, which publishes columns and commentary.

We are primarily interested in submissions from women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ authors. As a “story-first” publisher, we flatten genre distinctions by focusing our production and marketing decisions around what the appeals are in each project. We commission or purchase original art for every cover, pay for innovative and original cover design, and invest in high-quality editing of all titles. BMP titles are internationally distributed in ebook and print editions and available everywhere print books and ebooks are sold.

Royalties and subrights terms are generous for the industry, and all terms are negotiable.

Agents are welcome to submit their authors’ work at any time during the year to any series, editor, or to the publisher.

We also publish essays by writers and artists on VOICES, our online platform. We invite submissions on monthly themes or to our multiauthor columns. We also consider proposals for new columns. Brain Mill Press pays for essay submissions at industry-standard rates. Currently open calls are posted on our submissions page and listed on our Submittable portal.

Learn about our Mineral Point Poetry Series

Learn about our Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest

Learn about our Hellum & Neal Series in LGBTQIA+ Literature

Learn about our Ab Terra Series in International Science Fiction

Learn about our Liminal Comics imprint

Learn about our fiction program supporting authors of color, edited by Vanessa Willoughby

Browse our catalog

Learn about our editors

Learn about our authors

Learn about our VOICES contributors

Query BMP via contact form

Query BMP via our Invited Submissions portal at Submittable

Join our newsletter list to keep abreast of our latest acquisitions and call announcements

What I Want to Read When I Grow Up

Alyssa Kitson may have discovered her favorite genre later in life, but she has since been making up for lost time. Find out what “biological science fiction” and “space opera” mean to her in her first contribution to Voices!

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Detective Stories

“Elinor is a lady and that means something. Roderick Welman is a gentleman who went to Eton and that somehow means something. The allusions, the titles, the wit—they all meant something. Hercule Poirot—a white man—is foreign, lives in England, and understands English convention; he grasps the meaning while not being held to it. I would probably have been considered a savage.”

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Brain Mill Press To Publish the Bare Lit ’16 Anthology

The anthology will feature fiction, poetry, and graphic novel work from Bare Lit ’16 participants, published to support Bare Lit, a UK literary festival focused entirely on writers of colour to highlight the amazing work being produced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers.

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Behind the Bamboo Screen

“The scarcity of Asian-Australian writing is frightening, and for me, deeply upsetting…I don’t want my children growing up in a world where they are 20 years old before they are even aware that they have access to stories with characters and stories to which they can truly relate.”

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In Memory of Screenwriter Daniel Gerson

“Both Meet the Robinsons and Big Hero 6 speak to the young inventor in me, who died along with his confused web of misdirected ideas. They are evocative stories that prompt personal reflection, reminding me that whatever echoes of imagination have escaped burial can still live on.”

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BMP To Publish the Bare Lit '16 Anthology

The anthology, which supports Bare Lit, a UK literary festival focused entirely on writers of colour, will highlight the amazing work being produced by Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic writers.

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Latest Release

Victoria G. Smith explores the Filipino diaspora with magic, lyricism, and humor.
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Poetry Reading Period Open

The Mineral Point Poetry Series is accepting full collection manuscripts in the month of June.
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New from BMP

In this timely and instantly notable fiction debut, Haris Durrani immerses readers in the life of a young American Muslim struggling to understand himself in the context of his family, classmates, and contemporary urban life.
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Open for Preorder

Psycho-medical-magical realism intertwine with old and new New York City, epic love stories, and tales best told in the smoky alleys behind bars or beneath the covers. Karen Vaughn’s capacious imagination and remarkable voice glitter—this collection is a comet that comes around rarely.
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New from BMP

Loss has a way of moving into the the heart and changing people. And sometimes a long walk with a smart woman can show you just how much room you still have left for love.
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New from BMP

Confronting and darling, every word a perfect warm circlet of pink blood, My Tall Handsome raids every crystal jar on the lace-topped vanity for truth, poison, and song until you can’t remember why you ever thought pretty was better than powerful, sugar was better than bitter medicine, or dancing needed more music than your own voice.
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Brain MiIll Press
727 S. Jackson St.
Green Bay, WI 54301
Phone: (920) 212-1403

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