General Guidelines

Buttontapper Press is a micro-press run by author Laura Roberts. We publish occasional digital and print-on-demand anthologies of short fiction and essays, as per our editor’s whims. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. That means that all current calls for submissions will be listed on this page, and we will ONLY read work sent for specified calls.

Please DO NOT send us items that fall outside of our specific calls for submission, as these will be deleted unread and your email address will be added to our blacklist.

DO use standard manuscript format for all submissions. DO NOT send previously published works.

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

    • PopSongs-COVERCurrent 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 (this is, after all, a collection about LOVE and not SEX)
    • 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: September 30, 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
    • Spice Girls — “Wannabe”
    • The Buzzcocks — “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)”
    • PJ Harvey (featuring Thom Yorke) — “This Mess We’re In”
    • The Replacements — “Sadly Beautiful”
    • Bonnie Raitt — “Blowin’ Away”
    • Something Corporate — “Konstantine”
    • OutKast — “Hey Ya!”

Need more inspiration?

Check out some examples from editor Laura Roberts in the “P is for Pop Songs” category on our blog.

Thank you for your interest in Buttontapper Press, and we look forward to hearing from you!