We are a small, not-for-profit publisher of high-quality literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and short-story anthologies. Submissions should be carefully edited for spelling, grammar, and syntax. We are looking for timeless, engaging, fulfilling works that will be just as vibrant and satisfying years from now as they are today. Therefore, if you are writing to a popular youth-oriented market or your work is based on the latest fantasy genre (superpowers, demonic possession, vampires, angels, and the like) then we are probably not the publisher for you. This is not to say we will automatically reject a story with imaginative use of the plausible impossible - it just shouldn't be the main characteristic of the work. Before you submit your work, ask this provocative but very important question: will it age well? If you'd like to know more about who we are and what we're looking for, please check out our website at www.propertiuspress.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Submitted works should be in standard manuscript format (see William Shunn's excellent guide) and submitted in rtf, doc, or docx file format. Please make sure your name, email address, word or line count, and title of your story are on the first page of your manuscript. Do include a short bio of less than 50 words; you may do so in your query letter if you like. We try to remain fairly informal and open in our submission requirements, but we should say that extensive lists of marketing material, strategies, etc., aren't going to put you up at the head of the pack, so to speak. We'd like to read your submission and time is precious. A brief list of previous publications is nice, and we'd like to know who you are and why you've chosen us. If we make you an offer, we'll need your complete contact information, so include that in your query as well, and thank you. 

Please note: If your submission has been published in any format, including self-publication, you must state this in your query letter. This also includes previously published works for which the publication rights have reverted to the Author. Failure to disclose this will result in your submission being rejected (yes, we do check).


We will contact you within the length of time specified under each category, should we require more information. If we do not contact you, you may inquire via email but we honestly may not have time to respond until we get to your submission. Rest assured we do read each and every one, and when we have made a decision we will contact you. Please be aware that we are working on submissions for the publication calendar 2020-2021. If you'd rather not wait, you may wish to submit to a different publishing house.

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Please tell us in query form the theme, working title, and a description of your work. This category includes verse of all kinds, including poetry, song lyrics, epic, and narrative verse. Please include the complete work in your submission. You may also send us additional information in the Message Center.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable in this category but please tell us if you are submitting this work to other publishers, and we would appreciate being notified should you decide to contract with another publisher before we have made a final decision on acceptance of your work.

We will contact you within six months should we require more information. If you have not heard from us within that time, you may contact us for an update.

Generally, we make a decision on submissions in this category within twelve calendar months.


Our inaugural poetry anthology entitled Spheres and Canticles will be released in the spring of 2021. The theme is "Wholeness," meaning completeness, all-encompassing, like a  sphere. Whether that's learning to be whole, growing toward wholeness,  missing being whole or part of something, or some other aspect of  wholeness, hopefully it's broad enough to be inclusive, and still be  interesting! And, of course, canticles are songs - the language of  poetry is like a song of the soul. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2021 to be considered for next year's anthology. Winners will receive, in addition to publication, a copy of the Anthology in both print and their favorite digital format, reduced prices on purchases of additional copies, and a pro-rata share of the proceeds from the publication, paid annually.


Please tell us in query form the length of your story, as well as the theme, working title, and a 500-word synopsis of your short story or short story collection.

You may then upload the entire collection or story. Please submit ONLY the following formats:

.doc

.docx

.rft

.txt

Please do NOT submit .pdfs.

If your story contains illustrations, please let us know in your query. We will contact you with instructions on how to submit illustrated manuscripts.

Short stories may also be evaluated for inclusion in the annual Anthology. However, we do also consider stand-alone collections, and these may also be submitted in this category; please make sure this is clarified in your query and synopsis.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable in this category but please tell us if you are submitting this work to other publishers, and we would appreciate being notified should you decide to contract with another publisher before we have made a final decision on acceptance of your work.

We will contact you within three months should we require more information. If you have not heard from us within sixteen weeks, you may contact us for an update.

Generally we make a decision on submissions in this category within six calendar months.

Please tell us in query form the personality who is the subject of your biographical work, as well as the theme, working title, and a 500-word synopsis of your submission. In addition, please tell us the approximate word length of the work, and the intended audience for the finished biography: Adult, Young Adult, or Children. You may upload up to four images of the subject matter in conjunction with your written submission. Images are not necessary but may be helpful in describing your subject. If you are submitting multiple files, all files must be submitted together in zipfile format as only one file is allowed per submission.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable in this category but please tell us if you are submitting this work to other publishers, and we would appreciate being notified should you decide to contract with another publisher before we have made a final decision on acceptance of your work.

If you have not heard from us within six months, you may contact us for an update.

Generally we make a decision on submissions in this category within twelve calendar months.

ANNUAL SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS:

Short stories submitted in this category will be evaluated for inclusion in the annual Anthology. For stand-alone collections, please submit in the other Short Story category.

Please tell us in query form the length, as well as the theme, working title, and upload the complete short story in .doc, .docx, .txt., or .rft format. Please do NOT upload a .pdf of your story. If your story is illustrated, kindly state this in the query, and we will contact you regarding these if selected.

The next Short Story Anthology is tentatively titled Draw Down the Moon, from a line in Sextus Propertius's Book I, Love Poems to Cynthia. We will make final selections for this collection by the end of April, 2021. Stories may evolve along a theme of romantic love, in all its rawness, oddity, and power, although this does not have to be the primary focus of the story. This collection is scheduled to be published in the Summer of 2021.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable in this category but please tell us if you are submitting this work to other publishers, and we would appreciate being notified should you decide to contract with another publisher before we have made a final decision on acceptance of your work. Publication in this collection does not preclude publication elsewhere, as will seek a one-time publication only.

Winners will receive the following:

1. One (1) print copy of the Anthology

2. One (1) digital copy of the Anthology in the format of your choice

3. Substantially reduced price on purchase of an unlimited number of copies of the Anthology

4. A pro-rata share of the proceeds, paid annually

We will contact you within three months should we require more information. If you have not heard from us within sixteen weeks, you may contact us for an update.

Generally we make a decision on submissions in this category within six calendar months.


We are only accepting fiction submissions in this category at this time due to a backlog of submissions. If you are not a BIPOC writer, we will be happy to consider your submission when we have worked through our backlog. By submitting in this category, you affirm that you are a Black or Minority person of color, including Indigenous persons.

We are actively seeking submissions from Black, Minority, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color in all categories. 

Please tell us in query form the length of the piece, the theme, working title, and attach a 750- to 1500-word synopsis of your literary fiction work, novella, contemporary, urban, historical, fantasy, or other type of fiction.

After reviewing your query and synopsis, we may request the first 3 chapters or 20k words of your novel, or we may request the full work. Please do wait until we make this request to send further information.
Please tell us if you are submitting this work to other publishers, and we would appreciate being notified should you decide to contract with another publisher before we have made a final decision on acceptance of your work.
We will contact you within two to four  months should we require more information. If you have not heard from us within that time, you may contact us for an update.
Generally we make a decision on submissions in this category within eleven calendar months, although when there is a backlog of many submissions, it is not uncommon for us to take a year to two years to come to a final decision.

Please tell us the subject matter, working title, and a 250-word synopsis of your project. You may also send documentation for your research, including powerpoint slides, spreadsheets, images, and zipfiles. If you are submitting multiple files, all files must be submitted together in zipfile format as only one file is allowed per submission.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable in this category.

We will contact you within six months should we require more information. If you have not heard from us within that time, you may contact us for an update.

Generally we make a decision on submissions in this category within eleven calendar months, although when there is a backlog of many submissions, it is not uncommon for us to take a year to two years to come to a final decision.

Please tell us in query form the intended audience (Pre-Readers, Elementary, Middle, or High School/YA, whether or not your story in its present form is illustrated/intended to be illustrated, as well as the theme, working title, and a 250-word synopsis of your children's story, or 750-word synopsis of your Middle or High School/YA work. If you are submitting multiple files, all files must be submitted together in zipfile format as only one file is allowed per submission.

For picture books, a snapshot of up to three pages is all that is needed in addition to the above requirements. For other illustrated books, up to 3 images may accompany your submission. Images are not necessary for consideration in this category. Should you desire us to connect you with an illustrator, please let us know and we will be happy to do so.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable in this category but please tell us if you are submitting this work to other publishers, and we would appreciate being notified should you decide to contract with another publisher before we have made a final decision on acceptance of your work.

We will contact you within six months should we require more information. If you have not heard from us within six months, you may contact us for an update.

Generally we make a decision on submissions in this category within eleven calendar months, but during times of major submissions backlog, it is not uncommon for us to take a year to two years to make a final decision.

Propertius Press