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. Our next open reading period runs from April 1 to May 31, 2017.
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.” Some examples of works by other book artists we admire:
How it Works
A complete submission, sent to us via Submittable, 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 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.