frequently asked questions
What is a boutique
A boutique press is happy to spend
an inordinate amount of time and attention on the finer details of putting a
book together. We’re big
on aesthetics, and do so in order to make your book
look its stellar best.
We’re like the quintessential concept store, and
don’t mind producing
limited editions, small runs or cross-selling in the pursuit of beauty
Do you offer other editorial services, like book design?
Yes. We’re excellent with that, in
providing editorial consultancy to
individual clients and corporate entities
alike. We also offer copyediting
and design services for books not necessarily
published by us. To view
some projects we've been happily involved in, please wander HERE. Do
Your broadsides are beautiful. Tell me more about the series.
If you think you have a suitable poem for the Broadside Series, do send it to us. Most of our broadsides are by invitation only. You'll see that we have an astounding list of award-winning authors. These include: Amy Gerstler (National Book Critics Circle Award), Andrew Zawacki (Cecil
Hemley Memorial Award), Carol Muske-Dukes (Witter Bynner Award), Charles Bernstein (Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize), Dan
Beachy-Quick (Colorado Book Award), Dean Young (Colorado Prize for Poetry),
David Rivard (Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize), Forrest Gander (Villaurrutia
Prize), Ilya Kaminsky (Whiting Writer’s Award), James Galvin (Lila
Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation Award), Jan Zwicky (Governor General’s Award
for Poetry), John Barton (Archibald Lampman Award), John Burnside
(Petrarca-Preis), John Wilkinson (PIP Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative
Poetry), Michael Ryan (Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award), Orlando Ricardo Menes
(Prairie Schooner Book Prize), Rae Armantrout (Pulitzer Prize), Rafael Campo (Lambda Literary Award), Rhea Tregebov
(Pat Lowther Award), Steven Cramer (Sheila Motton Prize), and Sylvia Legris
(Griffin Poetry Prize). Do check out our Broadside Series HERE.
Can your blank journals
be custom-made for special occasions?
Yes. The Madding Mission Jotter
Books all feature glossy covers with
hand-painted titles, which may be tailored
to suit a special occasion
such as anniversaries, openings, even parties. There
are various sizes
to choose from, and the color combinations are infinite. Please see HERE.
celebrates the pithy quip that gets made into lovely
glassware, aprons, coasters,
pillows, totes, greeting cards, phone cases,
and laptop sleeves. Please see HERE.
Are you interested in artistic collaborations?
Yes. We’re always on the lookout
for great talent, and would love to have
a dialogue about possible
collaborations. It could be working together to
stage a group exhibition, to do
a book reading, to run a workshop, among
many other brilliant things. Again, the way
to get a hold of us is through
So, tell me about the writing contests you host?
We make our literary competitions special. Several of them are exclusive,
one-off events, created to commemorate a major literary moment or figure.
Because the competitions will not be repeated, the winner can expect to
be the only individual to ever be honored with the particular prize or
award. We also host book awards, a search for publishable manuscripts. These competitions will be on-going.
What genres do you consider?
We love poetry and fiction, and
anything in between.
Dripping sentimentality and sounding like Chaucer or Lord
Byron rarely make a dent, unless it’s irony you’re gunning for. Or a bit of
satire and parody. A sense of experimentation –
hybridity is exciting
in its invention – is always welcome, as is a whole collection of
sonnets, pantoums or
ghazals. We love lyric and narrative. We love
prose poems and microfiction. We
love short stories and novellas.
In the Reading Room, you’ll find a list of
journals, books, and resources
we adore. Have a look at the recommendations. If our
aesthetic is something that works with your own, send us something. Please find
How long do you take
to respond to queries and manuscripts?
We respond to queries within a couple of days. If we need to read through
manuscript, it could average anything between two weeks and
depending on our schedule. This is a small press, and
we’re typically swamped
with work, already working into the late night.
We apologize for the use of standard rejection letters, and our inability
to provide detailed feedback on your writing. Although we wish we could,
we simply don’t have
the time to comment on individual submissions.
This is pretty
standard practice in the literary arts, and it’s all we can
manage with the
Please, please don’t take it to heart. Also, while that particular submission
didn’t find a home here, it doesn’t mean your next won’t. So, do please
send us your work when you have something else polished and ready.
Do you require
exclusivity during the submission process?
No. We encourage writers to spread
a wide net, to send your work
to other publishers you think might love your
Do you allow multiple
Yes and no. Yes for contests, up to the limits expressed in the guidelines.
No for anthologies, which typically receive a wave of submissions. If you
have several book manuscripts,
please send us only one at a time, and
alert us in the cover letter of any
other projects under your wing.
We’ll ask for them if they sound interesting.
Does Squircle Line manage a literary periodical?
While we would love to, it
would require too much of our time.
You do publish anthologies. Tell me more about that.
Yes, we love the anthology for its ability to bring together a diversity of
voices. This is where great
poems and stories from across the world come
together in a beautiful tome. Our anthologies may revolve around a theme,
albeit these are very loose frameworks within which writers are free to
explore their own creative imagination. For a list of upcoming anthologies,
out our guidelines for news on current and upcoming
Do you accept reprints in your anthologies?
For the most part, yes. Unless we stipulate otherwise for a particular
anthology. While literary journals tend
to consider only unpublished
writing, anthologies are open to both new and
published work. So long
as you still retain the rights to the piece, we’re
happy to consider it.
Please indicate in your cover letter where it first
How may I contact you with other queries?
We would love to hear from you, and will respond as quickly as possible
to your questions. For submissions, please refer to specific guidelines.
Thank you for your patience, and for thinking of working with us.