|39 West Press is an independent book publisher of art, poetry, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction.|
|Open Submissions: 1 January - 30 March|
Our submission guidelines have changed. Please make note of the new guidelines.
Open Submission Period: 1 January - 30 March
39 West Press publishes books of art, poetry, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction. We are looking for innovative and well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors. Our desire is to promote and publish a diverse range of experiences and voices, including but not limited to people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA, as well as ethnic and cultural minorities.
From 1 January - 30 March, we accept manuscripts for full-length poetry volumes (approximately 70 pages or more), books of art, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction.
We are NOT looking for unsolicited submissions in the following categories: genre fiction (including but not limited to romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery), cookbooks, how-to books, or religious inspirational books. Please do not send self-published manuscripts. We are not looking for single stories, essays, or poems at this time.
Due to the volume of manuscripts we receive, we are unable to respond to every query nor provide critiques of rejected manuscripts. If we have interest in your work, then we will contact you by 1 July 2019. Please be patient. During open submissions, we received hundreds of submissions. The process of reading and vetting the submitted manuscripts is lengthy.
Your submission must include two separate items: a cover letter and your manuscript. The cover letter should consist of the title, description of the work, and author bio. Submissions lacking a description of the work and/or an author bio will not be read. It is acceptable to place your cover letter in the body of the submission email. Please, do not paste your work into the body of the submission email: it will not be read. Your manuscript must be sent as an attachment in one of the following electronic file formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .odt. No other file formats will be accepted.
If other publishers are also considering your manuscript, then please let us know. Do not submit more than one manuscript at a time unless we have solicited your work.
IMPORTANT (This may give your manuscript an advantage over other manuscripts): If you have access to special markets, audiences, or promotional opportunities for your book, then we would like to know about them.
Email your submission to submit(at)39westpress.com. Please place the word "Submission" in the subject line. An auto-generated email will be sent to confirm receipt of your submission. If you do not follow these simple submission guidelines, your manuscript will not be read.
NOTE: The submission email is to be used for submissions only. For general inquiries, please use our contact form.
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