Container

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Container publishes new objects on a quarterly basis.

Periodically, we open to submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction and other text-based work to develop into limited-quantity objects. 

Instead of a traditional cover letter, submit a pitch letter telling us how you picture your text working outside of the traditional book context. Is it meant to be contained in a shoe box? Smeared on a set of petri dishes? Shaped as a workable model volcano? In this letter, be sure to describe the intent of the project and how you see the text supporting the form/shape you’re pitching.

While we’re interested in making books into art objects, we’re not necessarily looking for strictly “artist’s books.” For examples of work we admire, check out our Open Container page

A complete submission contains:

  • Contact information
  • Pitch letter
  • Bio statement
  • The text
  • (Optional) Any material which supports your proposal: napkin sketches, audio files, videos—if it helps us visualize or understand the project, send it

Submissions to Container require a $10 fee. These fees support printing and material costs, and help us keep the lights on. That said, we believe publishing should be open and equitable for all; should circumstances preclude you from being able to afford the submission fee, please contact us to make alternate arrangements for your submission.