Francis House now accepts submissions through Submittable. The House is open to poems of all shapes and sizes, especially the oddly-proportioned and under-appreciated. Poems should be primarily in English, but we're super open to integrating other languages. Simultaneous submissions are, of course, fine, but please do let us know right away if any poems are accepted elsewhere.
Francis is especially interested in queer, trans, and non-binary poets, poets of color, immigrant poets, poets living outside the United States, rural poets, older poets, younger poets, unpublished poets, and anyone else living and working outside of the cis-het white patriarchal hegemony. Here are some more things Francis likes, so you can get a better idea of aesthetics: small-town gay bars; art installations in barns; Michael Stipe; Jaden Smith, especially in Neo Yokio; this ode to Rimbaud by Chen Chen; this text post about self care and Greek mythology; this photo of Andrea Gibson; apricots; bees; The Cure; the cute.
Francis asks for First North American Serial Rights, as well as the right to republish in a print version later. We wish we could pay you actual money, but we can only give you love and validation.
Francis is interested in publishing small runs of small chapbooks. During the 2019 submission period, up to three manuscripts may be selected for publication in 2020. Authors of selected manuscripts will receive 20% of the copies in the initial print run, with the option to buy more copies at a reduced price. If more than one manuscript is selected, authors will also receive a copy of the other chapbook(s).
Manuscripts should be submitted in a .doc or .pdf format and should be 8-24 pages in length. Please use a standard 12pt font, single-spaced (unless you're intentionally using space differently). Pagination, table of contents, and acknowledgements page (if applicable) are all encouraged.
Manuscripts should be primarily in English. Collaborative manuscripts are acceptable, as are illustrations and other design elements.