For those of you (maybe like myself) who are tired of the contest hype (and the pull on your pocketbook), here a couple of presses with fee-free open reading periods:
Black Ocean Press (Full-length poetry manuscript only)–Submit full + cover letter
Black Lawrence Press (novel, novella, short story collection (full-length and chapbook), poetry (full-length and chapbook), biography & cultural studies, translation (from the German and the French), and creative nonfiction)–Submit full + cover letter
dancing girl press (poetry chapbook only)–Submit full. No simultaneous submissions. Limited to women poets.
Brooklyn Arts Press (Poetry (full-length and chapbook), short fiction, novels, nonfiction, and art)–Query letter + work sample
Bat Cat Press ( poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and other forms (such as manuscripts that include illustrations or other media). Collections of short pieces are very welcome as are long and short single works – novels, novellas, poems, stories, etc. For their 2013 submission period, they’re especially interested in seeing collections of short fiction and prose poetry)–Submit full