Contact Big Yes Press

Contact Big Yes Press regarding our books, our authors, your manuscript or to arrange an event or reading. BIG YES Press anchors its books in community and promotes each publication via press networks, media and events.


Big Yes Press editor

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

readings. reviews. interviews. events.

  • For all events, contact the author directly. If this doesn’t work, contact BYP at

book facts.

  • BYPs serves every book with care.  This can take months, start to release, so if you are in a hurry, consider your options. 

  • BYP makes no money from the sale of BYP books.  We are writers and poets who do this because we want to do this!  

  • All BYP books have a print run of in-the-hand books using production partners that beat Amazon for high quality and cost.  

  • BYP is committed to authors owning their print runs and copyrights and solely profiting sale of their books.  There is no pre-order or minimum copies sold.   

  • BYP is a proud member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).  You can read more about CLMP at 

Unsolicited queries from established and emerging writers and poets are welcome according to these steps:

  1. HAVE a titled complete book length (minimum of 60-65 pages for poetry, longer in other genres) manuscript of ordered poetry or writing ready to submit before you query. NO chapbooks. Collections of short fiction or graphic poetry will be considered. Be aware that we do not have the budget to publish color pages.

  2. WHEN you have #1 ready, email BYP at with your query: a brief book synopsis, short bio, and 3-5 poem sample or first chapter to Tell us how you heard about BYP and why you want to publish with BYP. We want to hear that you are publishing in journals, reading in communities, etc. We want to hear how you feed your writing. AND this part is important: Tell us who you want to have read your book and how you intend to promote your book to reach those readers. Books in boxes are a loss to readers. BYP wants books in hand!

  3. BYP will let you know that we received your query. Then several of us will read what you sent and talk about your work. We will provide you with the feedback from our discussion as a courtesy to you (no form letters). If it’s a match, we will then let you know about next steps.

  4. Kindly do not send a manuscript in whole or part until BYP sends you an invitation for next steps to see if your book is a fit.

  5. Samples and manuscripts should be written in English. If your book will be in translation, let us know this, but only include the manuscript in English for BYP consideration.

  6. PLEASE NOTE: BYP does not publish any writing or poetry that appears to us to harangue or proselytize, attack or propagandize.

  7. If any of your writing or poems have been previously published, you must have rights to publish these in your own book.

HERE ARE TIPS to prepare a manuscript for submission, particularly for first book writers.

  1. Gather work is ready for book publication. Look for common elements and themes.

  2. Offer strong writing from start to end. Set a tone to bring us in and through and arrive at some closure.

  3. Is your book a collection? Using sections can be helpful. Is it a coming of age or hero’s journey collection in that you or your cast grow and challenge obstacles? If so, consider, even for poetry, how you might start with writing that offers a call to the journey, moves across a course of change, and comes to a kind of resolution.

  4. All BYP poetry books must be at least 80 bound pages to have a spine. All BYP books have spines. So a manuscript has a minimum of 60 poems assuming that poems are 1-2 pages each. Story collections or anthologies will be at least 80 pages or longer.

  5. Treat your work with love and affection. Many favorite stories or poems will not make the cut into this book but may find their way into another book. Be bold. If you have a poem that you really love, put it in and be willing to fight for it!

  6. Most BYP books use a 6” x 9” format because this is “hand worthy.”

  7. TO SEE YOUR WRITING/POETRY ON A PUBLISHED PAGE, format your manuscript into a 6” x 9” format with 1.25” margins all around (unless you have asked for a different format for your book). The font size for the poem should be 12 with poem titles at the top of the page. It helps YOU adjust your line lengths and stanza breaks to fit the published page. At the end of each poem, be sure to insert a page break. Please use a running head that includes your manuscript title, your name and page number. Remember, your work is copyrighted to you. Doing all of this takes time. But you and we will not regret this labor. It will speed the process of publication.

  8. Manuscripts that do not proceed with BYP will be deleted from BYP’s records.