Welcome to Revolving Door Press' Submittable page! 

Revolving Door Press is the nonprofit press of Revolving Door Arts, an organization committed to empowering creative community and evolvnig the artistic craft of new, young, and emerging writers and artists. 

RD Press offers publishing opportunities for adult and teen writers annually and does not subscribe to a particular aesthetic. Our aim is to support writers grow and hone their craft to elevate their voices and stories. 

Hey, we're [Y]volve Publishing and we're Chicago teens who want to publish YOUR stories and poems! And we are now open for submissions for the 2019 Teen Chapbook Series!  

If you are a Chicago teen between the ages of 15-19 interested in becoming a published author, then submit! This is an opportunity to publish your own book, and gain other opportunities within Chicago's literary community and beyond.

Your submission can explore any topic or theme you choose in the genres of Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Hybrid (a manuscript that includes a combination of these three genres).




Important Info You NEED to Know Before Submitting: 

  • Accepted manuscripts will be matched with a professional writer for mentorship inclusive of 2 check-ins. 
  • Selected authors will be able to work on new pieces for consideration in the manuscript.
  • Authors will also be matched with an [Y]volve editor for collaboration and feedback. 
  • This opportunity requires a commitment and engagement of a min. of 6 months.
  • Accepted authors will be required to participate in photo/video shoots, readings, and workshop sessions over the course of developing their books. 
  • Authors are required to submit at least 3 revisions of their manuscript. 
  • Accepted authors will receive a letter of agreement to be reviewed and signed by parents. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your parents before submitting to best understand the commitments if you are selected.

General Guidelines:

  • Must be a Chicago resident. 
  • Must be between the ages of 15-19.
  • We accept manuscripts that explore any topic or theme.
  • Curse with purpose and intention.

Manuscript Guidelines:


  • Acceptable fonts: Times New Roman, Serifs, Garamond 
  • Acceptable fonts sizes: 11 or 12
  • Accepted files. Doc, docx, pdf
  • Only one submission per genre is allowed.

Poetry Guidelines:

  • 10-20 pages of poetry.
  • Each poem must appear on its own page.
  • We discourage centering poems unless there is a specific, artistic reason.
  • Please use page numbers.

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Guidelines: 

  • 2-4 short works.
  • The entire manuscript must total no more than 30 pages, double-spaced.
  • Please use 1 inch margins.
  • Please include page numbers.
  • Please use paragraph breaks.

Hybrid Genre Submissions: 

  • If you would like to submit a hybrid manuscript only one submission is allowed. 
  • Follow formatting guidelines stated above that are relevant to the genres your submission includes. This means, poems should match the poem guidelines and fiction/nonfiction should match those guidelines. 
  • No more than 20 pages of writing.


How many teen authors are chosen each year?


How many books will be printed?

50-75. Authors receive 5 copies each. 

Does it have to fit a certain theme?

No. Feel free to create and explore your own individual theme(s). We want to project YOUR story! 

Do I have to live in Chicago in order to submit?

Yes! At this time, we are focused on providing this outlet and opportunity for Chicago teens. 

Can I make my own cover art?

Cover at is a collaborative process. Authors will be able to work with artists to develop and select the cover art that best represnts their work. 

Will the books be sold?

Yes! Revolving Door Arts manages the sale of books. 

Do I get a profit?

Yes! Authors will be provided a percentage of the net sales. 

Can I submit more than once?

You can submit one manuscript per genre. Only one submission is allowed if you are submitting a hybrid mansucript.

Can I curse?

We know you curse. Period. We don’t want to censor you. Therefore, feel free to curse, but let’s be artists and think about cursing artistically and with creative purpose. However, please be aware that we will not support or publish any work that is racist, misogynist, homophobic, gender bias, or otherwise offensive and derogatory towards others.

This is great! What else do I get? 

While publishing your own books is great in itself, there are many other opportunities that can come along as result of being a Teen Chapbook Series author such as: interviews, readings, and possibly presenting at conferences across the country, and more. These are not guaranteed, but are very likely.

I have other questions that aren't represented here. 

That's perfectly fine! Email us at info@revolvingdoorarts.org. We look forward to reading your work! 

We are looking for you, an awesome Chicago high school teen who is interested in producing books by other Chicago teens! Revolving Door's teen-run publishing house, [Y]volve, allows you to develop and use skills necessary to take a book from concept to sale.

As an [Y]volve Editor, not only will you help produce the 2019 Teen Chapbook Series, but you will also have opportunities to interact with professional writers and editors, meet new people, learn layout and design, work with artists, organize and attend readings and events in partnership with Chicago bookstores and business, and so much more. 

Visit revolvingdoorarts.org to check out our 2017 and 2018 teen authors, books, and [Y]volve editors to get a sense of what you will be able to accomplish as an [Y]vovlve editor.

Application deadline: July 15, 2018

Program Dates: September 22, 2018 - June 15, 2019

Program Schedule: 2 Saturdays per month
Program Time: 10am-12pm

Paid?: Yes!

[Y]volv Editor Roles & Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

- regularly attending meetings,

- reading and reviewing creative writing by Chicago teens,

- working with a Teen Chapbook Series author one-on-one (communicating important dates, tasks, and deadlines, offering feedback on their work, helping to review and select cover art, etc.), and 

- helping to plan meeting and meet-ups.

[Y]volve Editorship is great for teens who have or want to develop skills in: 

- collaborating with others,

- email communications (reading and responding to email is absolutely key for this position!),

- social Media posting and managing,

- making books that will actually be printed and sold,

- giving feedback on creativing writing,

- networking with professionals, and

- organizing and planning events. 

Got Questions?! Email us at info@revolvingdoorarts.org