dam·aged goods 

noun, a micro-press specializing in books by queer and trans people

Damaged Goods Press accepts chapbook-length and full-length manuscripts.

CHAPBOOKS: submit 20-30 pages of poetry, micro memoir, or lyric essay 

FULL-LENGTHS: submit 48-120 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 1-2 books a year, so please, submit only your very best, polished work

Please be mindful that a single person operates Damaged Goods Press on a tight budget with minimal PR skills. Caseyrenée just likes making books by queer and trans writers available to the world. If you are seeking a lot of publicity, royalties, and mainstream recognition we are not the press for you. But if you are into writing and publishing because you have a story to tell and want to work with a person who believes in your writing then DGP might be the spot for you.

Damaged Goods Press does not charge reading or submission fees, but we do accept donations with a note attached:
Venmo: @caseyreneelopez
Cash app: $caseyreneelopez

We make every attempt to respond to submissions within six (6) months, sometimes it’s shorter, sometimes it’s longer, but we ALWAYS reply

Book runs are open-ended


Writers will receive 30 perfect-bound copies of their book, with the option to purchase additional copies at cost.

For an idea of our tastes, please visit our bookstore. 

Simultaneous submissions are cool, but be sure to let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Submit manuscripts through email as WORD or PAGES attachments. PLEASE NO PDFs.

Our reading period is October 1-January 31. Submissions received outside of these dates will be deleted, unread. 

In the subject line of your email please include your name, submission title, and submission type (chapbook or full-length). [example: Caseyrenée Lopez, The New Gods, full-length]
In the body of your email you may include a cover letter, but it’s not required. 



UPDATED 04/07/2022


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  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. Could one chapbook submission combine poetry and flash fiction, or would you prefer just one genre per chapbook?

  5. 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.

  6. Hello, was just wondering if there was a style guide for submissions? I would love to submit the manuscript for a poetry collection but wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing any presentation guidelines.

    1. Hi Louis, as long as your manuscript is in an easy to read font, single poems to a page, with minimal document formatting, then it’s good to go. Accessibility is most important to us, so the easier it is to a page reader the better.

    1. Hi Quinn, that won’t be necessary, simply submit your chapbook on Submittable, preferably with as little formatting as possible (page breaks, title pages are good).

  7. About full-length poetry collection submissions: some of my poems are more than one page long (due to line breaks). Should I adjust the formatting in order to “shorten” these pieces to 1 piece per page?

    Thanks for your time!

  8. Hi,

    Should we include additional pages (dedication, forward, acknowledgments, etc. ) in the manuscript, or is this established/added after selection?


  9. Hi there!
    If my manuscript is about 18 / 19 pages, is that alright to send? Or is 20 a hard limit?
    Thanks so much for your time!

  10. Hi! I would love to submit my collection, I think it’d be a good fit but it’s 47 pages so I’m not sure where it’d fit in terms of chapbook or full-length. Is there any wiggle room in either category? I could always cut it down if need be!
    Thanks and all the best!

  11. I wrote the editor, but I thought it would be good to publish here too if others share the same question. I have a chapbook but with my photographs, it is a full-length. Do you accept work with photos? How do I submit both text and photo? Is it a chapbook or full-length with photos?

    1. Hi Aleticia, we do not currently publish photos, but are happy to review the text portions of your work if you wish.

  12. hi! i’m interested in submitting my manuscript for a non-fiction book, however it’s 120 pages long. would that be a problem? thanks in advance!

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