Better Than Starbucks
Poetry and Fiction Journal
. . . if you love diversity and creative writing in any and every form, then you’re in the right place . . .
Vol VI No IV
February, May, August,
January 10, 2022.
Manuscript submissions are now open.
Full Length Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction Manuscript Submissions
We consider full length book manuscripts: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction (essays or memoirs).
Our preference in fiction is for literary fiction. We also consider mixed genre works.
We do not charge reading fees.
Please submit no more than one ms every six months.
We prefer books of 100+ pages, single spaced, and including front and back matter, such as TOC, a foreword or introduction, credit pages, etc. At present, we only publish books with black and white interior, no color.
Please send your full manuscript (no samples please) in MS Word (.doc or .docx.) format.
Name your file with your last name, the number of manuscripts you have submitted to BTS to date, and the genre of your latest ms submission. For example, if it is your second ms submission and the content is poetry, label it Smith2 Poetry Manuscript.
Please single space poems, double space between stanzas, and format poems as you would like them to appear.
Include in your email:
Your real name.
Your pen name (if any).
Number of words or pages.
Your real physical address (Not work or your PO box.)
Your mailing address (if different).
Your email address.
Your phone number.
Include your cover letter in your email, adding your .doc or .docx as an attachment, to email@example.com.
We will acknowledge your submission upon receipt.
Please allow up to 90 days for us to read your manuscript.
If we accept your manuscript for publication, you will have input on size and on the cover design. Interior formatting is, by default, in the same style as our journal, although alterations can be made if appropriate to the work. We work closely with authors throughout the editing, layout, and design process.
Author receives a print proof (or more than one if required) and ten author’s copies upon publication.
Author may also purchase additional copies at a discounted cost.
Royalties from the sale of each book will be paid quarterly, via Paypal. Amount of royalties to be determined based on the length and associated cost of the book, retail price agreed on, etc.
Royalties on sales through BTS/Lulu will be much higher than on sales through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.
Please note: Although our physical address is in the US, we are an international journal.
As such, all our payments to contributors and authors are made via Paypal.
You must have a functional Paypal account to receive author’s share of the sales of any book we publish.