Submission Guidelines

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

Queries and regular submissions will be accepted from July 1 through September 30. If you wish to enter the contest (fiction only), please see our contest page for guidelines.

Please note that we accept ONLY electronic submissions.

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 garde. 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 only occasionally take nonfiction. We do not publish children's picture books.

We accept only electronic submissions. For e-mail submissions, send a query letter and a short sample within the e-mail message. Do not send attachments unless asked to do so. 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 initial queries is anywhere from a few days to a few months. We make every effort to respond quickly. Please understand that with so many queries coming in, we must review them in order and are unable to move a submission to the front of the queue.

Contact: Rebecca Schwab, acquisitions editor,

For tips on query letters, see Sarah Murphy's article "How Do I Look?" on page 6 of the May 2011 issue of The Treefrog Tattler:

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