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January 27, 2021: ms submissions are currently open.

Full Length Poetry or Fiction Manuscript Submissions

We are now considering full length book manuscripts.


We do not charge reading fees.

We prefer books of 90–110 pages, including front and back matter, such as TOC, a forward or introduction, credit pages, etc. At present, we only publish books with black and white interior, no color.


Please send your full manuscript in MS Word (.doc or .docx.) format. (No samples please.)

Name your file like this: Smith1 Poetry Manuscript. (Last name followed by the number of submissions you have sent.) If this is your first manuscript submission to Better Than Starbucks, then follow your last name with the number 1.

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).

  • Your biography.

  • 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.


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 in consultation. 

Author receives a print proof (or more than one if required) and five 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 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.

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