We Are

...a small press determined to look like a big one.
  • Welcome

    We publish contemporary English-language poetry books and chapbooks. Founded in 2007 by long-time editor/publishers and partners Diane Kistner and Robert S. King, we incorporated as a nonprofit in 2012.

  • Quality

    We collaborate with our authors to make our books and chapbooks the best they can be. We take our editorial role very seriously. Our editors, most of them working poets, volunteer their time to the press.

  • Submissions

    Anyone interested in submitting work to us should refer to our Guidelines tab. The Guide for Authors, essential reading for those whose book manuscripts we accept, answers many questions about how we work.

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Vietnam veteran Victor Henry's new chapbook, What They Wanted, is out just in time for Veterans Day. Our thoughts are with all our veterans. Our 2016 schedule for full-length, book-prize-eligible collections is full and we are now scheduling into 2017. You may still submit; we just may take a little longer than usual to get back to you. We are considering chapbook manuscripts for Fall 2016 and later. Check out our tentative publishing schedule in the Events Calendar for more of what we are working on—plus lots of free goodies for fans of poetry.

Events Calendar

Click on the upper-right arrow of our calendar below for a list of color-coded sub-calendars. Click events for live links in the description. In the current month, enter our month-long Goodreads Giveaways of paperback books. Our Free Kindle Saturdays editions, shorthanded by author last name and title abbreviation, link to their respective Amazon pages. Note: Scheduling in later months is tentative; the schedule of forthcoming titles, especially, will change with conditions on the ground. You can copy individual events to your own calendar and sync to ours for up-to-the-minute info. How cool is that?

Reviewer Registry

Are you a book reviewer or blogger wanting to interview one of our authors, an educator evaluating books for a reading list, or even a student with a term paper to write? The Reviewer Registry is meant for you. By signing up for the registry, you can freely download PDF versions of our titles (within limits) for your own personal use. (Except for limited classroom handouts, you may not disseminate the files.)

Good Works

Introduced in 2013, our Good Works projects are thematically focused anthologies of individual works. No reading fee is required, and all proceeds from sales are donated to a charitable cause. (For example, FutureCycle Press was able to donate $1,387 from sales of Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, guest-edited by Joseph Hutchison and Andrea L. Watson, to the Malala Fund.) See our Submission Guidelines for open projects.

Kentucky Review

Kentucky Review, a division of FutureCycle Press and one of our Good Works projects, publishes a perpetual online magazine—including videos of poets reading their work—and an annual print anthology. Editor-in-chief Robert S. King is assisted by a stellar team of associates.

The Archives

Full PDFs of the now-defunct FutureCycle and FutureCycle Poetry magazines are in our Archives for free download and sharing, along with book reviews written and curated by David Chorlton.

The Bottom Line

FutureCycle Press authors stand to benefit in numerous non-monetary ways, but let’s just talk here about money. We charge a $15 reading fee for book and chapbook manuscripts. Period. No extra contest fee to be considered for the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize and honorarium. No permissions fees to reprint your work. No “collaborative” costs or requirement to buy or pre-sell X number of copies. Certainly no charges for the professional editing and design—so lacking with so many publishers these days—that we pride ourselves on. The most money you will ever have to give us is $15, which ensures your manuscript is read critically but fairly by at least two senior-level editors.


If your poetry book or chapbook is accepted for publication, you’ll get free copies as detailed in our Guide for Authors, which we will require you to read and follow. If you ask us to, we will order unlimited extra author copies for you (in multiples of 25) at our cost (what we have to pay the printer) plus 10% of the list price. (You are, of course, responsible for shipping, handling, and sales tax.) You can resell your copies at any price you wish, however you wish, with no further obligation to us. You stand to net an average of $7 per chapbook, $11 per full-length book, if sold at the list price we set. We’ll also give you a discount code so you can directly order any title we publish, at any time, sent to any address you wish, at 30 cents on the dollar. This is a considerably better deal for poets than the much-vaunted but veritably insignificant (at least for poetry) “industry standard” 10% royalties—which, you may have heard, we do not pay. (“But why not?” Because it’s a time-consuming endeavor, for us and for you, for average annual earnings of $10 or less. Even if we had a full-time secretary and bookkeeper, we don’t think it’s worth the hassle. Our time, and yours, we think, is much better spent.)

“But,” some will say, “you’re taking my money!” Well, no. No we’re not—and here’s why. First, we’re already giving you much deeper discounts on your author copies than you’ll get from that “industry standard” publishing contract, with potential for greater profits than you’re ever likely to earn on royalties. If we did nothing else, this would be quite generous, but we do more. We put that 10% of the royalties received from all online book sales into the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize honorarium, then match it dollar-for-dollar. We’re not “taking” 10%, we’re giving 10% along with you and the rest of the poets we publish to crowd-fund the honorarium. (There are no contest fees, remember? That prize money has to come from somewhere.) If your book wins the prize, you’ll receive the entire 20%; if you don’t, one of your fellow poets will. So, no, we don’t make a dime off your royalties. Not one thin dime.


Publishing poetry is not lucrative. (On the contrary, it’s usually subsidized.) It’s also very hard work to do it right. That’s why the big trade publishers don’t publish much, if any, poetry and the smaller poetry publishers wink in and out so quickly. About 10% of our costs are covered by reading fees, meager royalties from online sales, and the small press markup on author copies ordered directly through us. The other 90% comes from perspiration: the many hours of skilled professional labor we dedicate to keeping poetry alive as a precision art form. (There’s no way we could afford to pay the going rate for our time.)

We’re not playing at publishing here. Our aim is to stay viable for the long haul and keep our work—the work we do together with poets—alive. Toward that end, we want to keep your book in print as long as you want us to; our contract reflects this commitment. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that many independent and university poetry presses have died either from a thousand little funding cuts or a brutal chopping-block whack. Because we refuse to become dependent on outside funding, we aren’t going to go under and leave you with a dead book—at least not until we’re in our graves or the planet blows up. We think the books we believe in enough to publish deserve to survive even if (as is likely) very few people ever buy them or read them.

The bottom line is this. We ask very little of poets in return for our commitment to their work. Read and follow the guidelines. Work with us to make your book as good as it can be. Be flexible. Be realistic. What we offer poets is bounteous, and we put a great deal of thought and effort into the books we publish. If you don't think our publishing model is more than fair, we ask that you please not waste our time or your fifteen bucks by submitting to us.