Vandalia Press: The Creative Imprint of WVU Press

Vandalia Press, the creative imprint of West Virginia University Press, publishes literary short fiction, fiction, and creative nonfiction by both new and established writers. Historically, Vandalia Press has published literary fiction with a focus on Appalachian culture, and although this continues to be an important part of its mission, its scope now expands beyond this region as it seeks to publish original voices from across the globe. With this in mind, Vandalia Press is dedicated to publishing literature that deals with diverse aspects of all cultures and bears a strong sense of place.

We accept unsolicited proposals from authors of all backgrounds (previously published or not). In return, we ask that you familiarize yourself with our publishing list in order to determine if your manuscript is a good fit for Vandalia.

Proposal submissions that do not initially meet these guidelines will not be considered:

  1. At this time we are not accepting proposals for historical fiction, unsolicited poetry or memoir, children's fiction, and novellas. We do accept proposals for other genres, especially short story collections and novels. Creative nonfiction may be considered.
  2. Proposals should consist of the first two chapters of the work, together with contact information and a cover letter.
  3. Proposals should follow these formating guidelines: 12pt Times New Roman font; double-spaced text; 1.25 inch margins (left and right) and 1 inch margins (top and bottom); numbered pages.
  4. Only hard copies are accepted. We do not accept e-mail attachments, unless requested by an editor.

We do our best to respond to submissions in a timely manner, but due to our staff size and the steady flow of proposal submissions, our review of your proposal may take up to nine months. If the fiction editor would like to read your full manuscript, you will be contacted. Otherwise, you will receive notice of rejection.

We cannot respond to letters, phone calls, or e-mails requesting proposal status. Proposals and manuscripts will not be returned to authors.

All submissions should be sent to:

Abby Freeland
Fiction Acquisitions
West Virginia University Press
PO Box 6295
Morgantown, WV 26506-6295