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to Steel Toe Books


We annually hold an open reading period for full-length (48-80 page) poetry manuscripts in September/October.  There is no reading fee, but we ask each poet who submits to support our press by purchasing one of our titles directly from us.  Send your manuscript, along with an order form and a check to:

Steel Toe Books

c/o Tom C. Hunley
Department of English
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11086
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086


January 2, 2016

Results of Fall 2015 Open Reading Period

Steel Toe Books received 108 manuscripts during its fall 2015 open reading period. We are grateful to everyone who submitted, for giving us a chance to read your manuscripts, and for supporting our press by buying books by our authors.

We have just made a verbal agreement with Chrys Tobey of Portland, Oregon to publish her first full-length poetry collection, A Woman is a Woman is a Woman is a Woman.

-Click here to read the full press release.

Publication of Basic Disaster Supplies Kit by Marci Rae Johnson

We are pleased to announce that the wait is over for our newest title. "This collection transitions from uproarious hilarity to poignant contemplation and back again, ultimately leaving the reader aware of human frailty and the questionable state of the universe. Replete with astonishment and wit, Johnson's Basic Disaster Supplies Kit delivers one revelation after the next."--Mary Biddinger

Find out more here.

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