General Guidelines

Buttontapper Press does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. All current calls for submissions will be listed on this page, and we will ONLY read work sent for specified anthologies. Please do not send us items that fall outside of our specific calls for submission, as these will be deleted unread.

Please use standard manuscript format for all submissions.

Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs

Buttontapper Press is now accepting submissions for its upcoming anthology, Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs, which will feature authors discussing their favorite popular songs.

Criteria for Submission

  • EINTKALILFPS-3smallCurrent day pop songs, golden oldies, or anything in between is acceptable
  • Describe how your song has influenced your relationships — past, present, or ideal/hypothetical
  • Word count = 1,000 words or less
  • Format = personal essay, creative nonfiction is acceptable, academic writing style discouraged
  • NO quoting of lyrics is allowed; we will not be haggling with songwriters for reprint rights — and all submissions that quote song lyrics will be immediately discarded (paraphrasing and creativity is recommended here)
  • DO name the song and artist you reference in your piece
  • Humor is strongly encouraged!
  • Language should be PG-13, no hardcore sexual descriptions please (think romance, Hollywood style, where sex can be hinted at, but the camera cuts away before things get hot and heavy)
  • NO reprints, NO simultaneous submissions

Payment: Contributors will each receive a digital copy of the book

Projected Publishing Date: Valentine’s Day, 2016

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015 (midnight PST)

To submit your piece for consideration, please use this form.

Artists/Songs Currently Under Consideration

This list will be updated as submissions roll in. Please check back often to make sure your favorite musician/song hasn’t already been taken! (Or click here to go through a YouTube playlist of all these songs, just for shits & giggles.)

  • The Smiths — “Reel Around the Fountain”
  • Morrissey — “Dear God, Please Help Me
  • Pansy Division — “Luv Luv Luv”
  • Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”
  • Jay Ferguson — “Thunder Island”
  • The Starting Line — “The Best of Me”
  • Townes Van Zandt — “If I Needed You”
  • Spice Girls — “Wannabe”
  • The Buzzcocks — “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)”

Thanks for your interest in Buttontapper Press, and best of luck!