dam·aged goods 
noun, a small press that publishes books by queer and trans identified people


Damaged Goods Press accepts chapbooks and full-length manuscripts on a rolling basis. 


CHAPBOOKS: submit 20-40 pages of poetry or flash fiction. Flash fiction should be no more than 500 words per story.

FULL-LENGTH MANUSCRIPTS: please submit 60-120 pages of poetry, prose poetry, lyric essay, or hybrid non-fiction.

The content does not have to be queer or trans related

Damaged Goods Press will publish 3-5 books a year, so please, submit only your very best, polished work.

We do not charge a reading/submission fee.

We make every attempt to reply within four (4) months, sometimes it’s shorter, sometimes it’s longer, but we ALWAYS reply.

Book runs are open-ended.



Writers will receive 20 perfect bound copies of their book, with the option to purchase additional copies at cost (meaning we make no money and there are no royalties).

50% of net profits from book sales will be paid to the writer on an annual basis via PayPal.**


For an idea of our tastes, please visit Crab Fat Magazine or buy one of our books/anthologies

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Please submit manuscripts through Submittable:


UPDATED 10/28/2017



16 Replies to “Submissions”

  1. Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could clarify for me, are you looking for chapbooks that focus on queer/trans characters and explore queer/trans issues, or chapbooks on any theme written by queer/trans people?


  2. Evening!

    I’m just looking for a bit of clarification myself.

    Are the chapbooks you’re seeking, manuscript wise, only allowed to be flash fiction collections? I have a novelette I’d love to submit that is 30 pages long, but I’m not sure if it coincides with what you’re looking for.

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Diana,

      Currently, we are only considering collections of poetry and flash, but this may change in the future. Thanks so much for checking us out though!

  3. Hi,

    I wanted to submit a chapbook, but I had 3 questions

    1.) Do you have specific formatting requirements? (font, font size, etc..)
    2.) Do you want us to submit a bio or cover letter along with our work?
    3.) If we want art to be included with our chapbook, do we discuss that later if our work is accepted or do we have to submit it in our manuscript?

    -Thank you,

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Use something standard for your chap, times new roman/garamond size 12.

      please submit a bio in the cover letter field on submittable, the cover letter should just tell us what we’re reading.

      we don’t typically use art in books, but we’re open to b/w photos and line drawings.

  4. Hi,
    I was wondering if you only accept works from writers in America. I am a 16-year-old boy living in Taiwan. Though English isn’t my native tongue, I’m quite fluent in it and I like to write English love poems from a gay boy’s perspective. Is this acceptable?

    -Thank you.

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