Brain Mill Press is an independent publisher of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and graphic novels, as well as essays on our digital magazine platform, VOICES.

Our acquisition priority is work by authors of color, women, LGBTQIA+, disabled authors, and First Nations authors.   

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Brain Mill Press and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets are pleased to announce a contest open to all Wisconsin poets for an unpublished chapbook. The winning chapbook will be published by Brain Mill Press, with an expected publication date of Spring 2025.

The new contest is a joint effort by WFOP and Brain Mill Press and aligns with both WFOP’s mission to broaden its reach with new audiences and Brain Mill Press’s commitment to publish titles by under-represented authors.

Submission call details:

  • Open to all Wisconsin poets, with a particular interest in voices under-represented in traditional publishing, such as writers of color, women, indigenous voices, disabled writers, queer writers.
  • Eligible manuscripts will be 18-30 pages in length.
  • WFOP will award $250 to the winning chapbook.
  • Brain Mill Press will provide a standard royalties-bearing publishing contract with ISBN, print and e-book formats. 
  • Brain Mill Press will also provide design and publishing support.
  • Entries will be accepted through the Submittable portal. Entry is limited to one chapbook per submitter.

For additional inquiries, contact Brain Mill Press at

Ab Terra 2024 - An International Science Fiction Anthology

Edited by Yen Ooi & Dawn Ostlund


“Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! There's the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty.”

On December 24, 1968, astronaut William Anders took a photograph after remarking on the beauty of earth from the moon—an image we know today as “Earthrise,” it introduced us to our home, to the vastness of humanity’s planet.

Ab Terra 2023 is a short story anthology that will seek to recreate that feeling when we first laid eyes on our whole world, through stories of science fiction belonging to all, from earth.

-    story length between 1,000 and 6,000 words

-    previously unpublished (previous publication on author’s own Internet platform is acceptable) science fiction short story (not fantasy) with cultural flavors from far-reaching corners of earth


-    submissions deadline: 5th May 2024

-    stories selected: Autumn 2024

-    release: early 2025

Ab Terra series editors Yen Ooi and Dawn Ostlund will select stories for inclusion in the anthology. 

Submit complete story manuscripts of 1,000-6,000 words via Stories selected for the anthology will be offered a contract for publication. The anthology will be professionally edited and produced. The ebook and trade print will be internationally distributed. The anthology will be promoted by the press and submitted for industry review.

About the Ab Terra Series

Science fiction, like all other genres, has been with us for centuries. It has found its way into our homes, onto the bookshelves of readers who enjoy stories of imagination that are rooted in science and reality. To encourage this exploration further, this series seeks submissions of science fiction stories belonging to another: stories that are written with cultural flavors that will perpetuate and promote the understanding of our siblings on Earth.

Past issue: Ab Terra 2020, Ab Terra 2021, Ab Terra 2022, Ab Terra 2023 (in production)

“Reading [science fiction] ... is about reading the marginal experience coded through the discourses of material symbolism.”

—Adam Roberts, Science Fiction, The New Critical Idiom

Yen Ooi is a science fiction writer-researcher whose works explore diversity in culture, identity and values. A PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London and author of Rén: The Ancient Chinese Art of Finding Peace and Fulfilment, Yen writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and computer games. When she hasn’t got her head in a book, Yen lectures, mentors, and plays the viola.

Dawn Ostlund writes stories about technology’s incursion on the rituals and traditions of different cultures around the world. She holds an MA in Politics, Media and Performance and an MA in Creative Writing. She lives in Los Angeles and works as an editor and proofreader.

Your electronic submission will be accepted at the Brain Mill Press submission portal at Incomplete submissions and manuscripts, or manuscripts that are discovered to not meet the guidelines of this call, will be automatically rejected.

Good luck, and direct inquiries not answered in this call to

Brain Mill Press