Submission Guidelines for Authors

Please read our new guidelines before submitting a query. Send e-mail queries only to the address given below. Address all queries to Tasha Enseki, acquisitions editor.

Fiction Submissions: Beginning January 15, 2009, we will be closed tosubmissions of adult novels, novellas, and short-story collections while the 2009 Leapfrog Press Fiction contest is open. To submit an adult fiction query between January 15 and May 1, 2009, please do so through the Contest. We understand that you may not wish to enter the contest; if that is the case, we hope that you will resubmit your query after May 1.

All other queries (nonfiction, children's fiction) will continue to be accepted through our regular submissions process.

Our needs are very special. We are looking for that rare book that combines dark and light, satire and honesty, emotional range and pure joy of invention. We like books on the edge of avant guarde. We are particularly interested in works that are quirky, that fall outside of any known genre, and of course are well written and finely crafted. Although we have a small number of popular fiction titles, our focus is literary fiction. We publish mainly adult fiction, and occasionally nonfiction. We do not publish children's picture books. We are not currently looking for poetry.

We accept only electronic submissions. If you feel that you need to submit by regular mail, please e-mail first to let us know so that we are expecting your package. For e-mail submissions, send a query letter and a short sample within the e-mail message. Do not send attachments. Messages with attachments will be deleted. If we wish to see more, we will contact you by e-mail and request sample chapters. Be aware that e-mail query letters are still query letters. A common mistake is for the writer to begin with a description of a book or an extended author bio, without first stating what the message is about ("I am seeking publication of my novel...") or even giving his or her name. Please address the appropriate editor and use professional query letter format in your e-mail queries so that we know in the first sentence why you are writing.

Our response time to queries is about one month.

Contact: Tasha Enseki, acquisitions editor,

PO Box 2110 ~ Teaticket, MA 02536



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