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.
Between January 15 and May 1 each year we are closed to regular submissions while our annual contest is open. Please send queries before January 15 or after May 1. If you do not wish to enter the contest, fiction queries should also be submitted before or after those dates.
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 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 We do not publish children's picture books.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. 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 month.
Contact: Rebecca Schwab, acquisitions editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
For tips on query letters, see Sarah Murphy's article "How Do I Look?" in the May 2011 issue of The Treefrog Tattler.