Please submit a completed manuscript, along with a brief cover letter
that details the work and any publishing credentials you want us to be
aware of. At this time, we are primarily considering fiction
manuscripts. We are looking for what we would characterize as bold,
creative work of high literary merit. Again: please familiarize yourself with our
titles before submitting anything.
If you have a non-fiction manuscript that you'd like for us to consider,
we will, but please keep in mind that only 2 of the last 37 books that
we published have been non-fiction. So, it would have to be exceptional,
and exceptionally creative.
Please note that there is a
$3.00 reading fee per submission, to help us cover the cost of tracking submissions.
Why are you charging for submissions?
Think of it as postage. Fifteen, twenty years ago, presses accepted
physical submissions. While this created a good deal of waste, we're
certain, it also required that the author submitting the work had to
actually be cognizant of who they were sending their work to, as well as
selectively pick and choose which presses to send to. Writers had to
print out their manuscript and cover letter, package it, and walk it to
the post office. They were most likely familiar with the books published
by that press. Nowadays, we estimate that at least 25% of the
submissions that we receive are from writers who are blinding submitting
work to any and every press with an email address posted online.
Reviewing submissions takes time! Opening and rejecting an entirely
inappropriate submission draws our attention away from considering the
serious work that we should be devoting our time to. In other words, our
time is being wasted. By charging a measly $3, we hope to eliminate
those superfluous submissions enabling us to devote our time and
attention to the work that we should be considering. Or, you can think
of the $3 as a decent cup of coffee. Think of it as buying us a cup of
coffee to sip while reading your manuscript.
Does the $3 fee apply to agents as well?
Absolutely. There are plenty of agented submissions guilty of the abovementioned time-wasting.
Will you be responding to my submission if I submitted it before you transitioned to Submittable?
Now that you're charging $3/submission, will I receive a response?
Yes, though it might not be an individualized response. Your work will be read by our editors as promptly as we can manage.