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Philadelphia, PA


An nonprofit, independent book publisher and writers' workshop located in Philadelphia that creates innovative relationships between the authors and the work they produce.



What is your civic voice?

The Head & The Hand’s mission has always been to publish writing that has the power to spark change and entertain, and now more than ever we feel compelled to raise the storytelling stakes through the socially conscious focus of the Shockwire Chapbook Series.

Shockwire stories are a snapshot of a time and place where expressions of vigilance, curiosity, and acceptance shine a light on their absence in everyday life. We may not be lawmakers or world leaders, but we are storytellers with the power to contribute to a conversation happening many miles above our heads. We amplify our contribution by writing it down and passing that vision along in the form of a chapbook. Here’s to those hopeful enough to continue writing up, over, and through the polarizing haze of the current political climate in search of a deeper understanding of ourselves and one another. We can’t wait to see what kind of sparks fly as a result.

We are interested in works of literary and speculative short fiction and creative nonfiction between 3,500 and 8,000 words in length, and collections of between 5 and 10 poems. Accepted pieces will be published in our traveling chapbook vending machine and will be available for download on our site. A brief cover letter describing the work should be included in your submission. Contact information including the author's name, email, and telephone number should be included in the cover letter. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if you have the good fortune of your manuscript being accepted elsewhere. Writers will be compensated for accepted pieces.

Submission deadline is August 15, 2018. Please submit here.


“Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the ‘real’ world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.”

—Gloria Anzaldúa

"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers."

—James Baldwin


Submissions for our Breadbox Chapbook Series are currently closed.