Submissions will open in a limited number of categories on January 6, 2022! We look forward to reading your words :)

We are a small, not-for-profit, independent traditional 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).

IMPORTANT:  CHECK THE CATEGORY CAREFULLY; WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS IN THE CATEGORIES LISTED AT THIS TIME. WE'VE HAD AN ODD NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS LATELY THAT WERE SUBMITTED IN THE WRONG CATEGORY. UNFORTUNATELY, IF YOU SUBMIT IN THE WRONG CATEGORY - WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO CHANGE THE FORM TO RE-ASSIGN YOUR SUBMISSION TO THE CORRECT ONE, AND IT MUST BE REJECTED.

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 when we open submissions again, we will be working on submissions for the 2023-24 publication calendar. If you'd rather not wait, you may wish to submit to a different publishing house.

Finally - you might want to reflect on the differences between a small press and the Big Publishers. When a writer looks into working with a small, independent press, what are the expectations, realistically? What do small presses do that Big Publishers don't (or can't)? What are the challenges?

If you've not yet been published, there are lots of great articles that give insight into what to expect. Here are two that I found particularly applicable to working with us. Read them both and do a bit of your own research. It will more than likely be eye-opening.
https://www.janefriedman.com/small-press/

https://www.writersdigest.com/getting-published/the-pros-and-cons-of-publishing-with-a-small-publisher

Thanks so much for your interest in our publishing company. Check our website for more information about us, and to see our catalogue. You  may wish to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for the freshest news about our work.

We are actively seeking submissions from Black, Minority, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color in all categories. By submitting in this category, you affirm that you are a Black or Minority person of color, including Indigenous persons. Please ensure your submission fits this category. Submissions in this category that are not from BIPOC writers will be rejected and you may be prevented from making further submissions if repeat infractions occur.

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 manuscript, or we may request the full work. Please do wait until we make this request to send further information.

In addition, 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 this happens, kindly withdraw your submission from consideration.

We will contact you within two to four months should we require more information. 

Generally we make a final 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.

This category will close automatically when the submission cap is reached, or on October 1, 2022, whichever happens first.

Please ensure your submission fits this category. Submissions in this category that are not Historical Fiction will be rejected and you may be prevented from making further submissions if repeat infractions occur.

Please tell us in query form the length, theme, working title, and attach a 750- to 1500-word synopsis of your historical literary fiction work. We are especially interested in historical fiction that may be based on side characters of well-read literary fiction of the past, such as Jane Austen, the Bront√ęs, L.M. Montgomery, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Samuel Clemens, Kenneth Grahame, L. M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Stephen Crane, Henry James, etc. In this category, we look for authenticity, a clearly formed plot, believable and interesting characters, originality, and at least a modicum of respect for the original source material.

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.

In addition, let us know 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. The submission should then be withdrawn.

We will contact you within two to four months should we require more information.

Generally we make a final 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.

This category will close automatically when the submission cap is reached, or on October 1, 2022, whichever happens first.

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Please ensure your submission fits this category. Submissions in this category that are not Cozy Mysteries will be rejected and you may be prevented from making further submissions if repeat infractions occur.

Tell us in query form the length, theme, working title, and attach a 750- to 1500-word synopsis of your historical literary fiction work. In this category, we look for a clearly formed plot, believable and interesting characters, originality, and a tidy ending. We are not looking for violence, gore, or psychological thrillers. It is not necessary that your story be one in a series, but this is also not a drawback. Examples of cozies we like are written by Rita Mae Brown (Mrs. Murphy, Sister Jane series), Agatha Christie, Alexander McCall-Smith (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency), Simon Beaufort, Susanna Gregory, and Ellis Peters.

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.

In addition, let us know 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. The submission should then be withdrawn.

We will contact you within two to four months should we require more information.

Generally we make a final 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.

This submission category will close automatically when the submission cap is reached, or on October 1, 2022, whichever happens first.

The theme for our Fourth Annual Short Story Anthology is The Natural World. Stories should take place predominantly outdoors or in some natural context, with nature a defining aspect of the work. Man-made environments and situations should take a backseat in the characteristics of landscape, plot, and other elements of your submission.  Merriam-Webster defines "the natural world" as "all of the animals, plants, and other things existing in nature and not made or caused by people." We would love to see stories that explore how interactions with nature cause tension, excitement, wonder, and/or increase the knowledge of the reader and characters in the story. Reconnecting with the natural world is vital in these times of pandemic, resulting in working from home, avoiding crowds, being cooped up in enclosed spaces, away from each other. How can we maintain our humanity without nature?  How often should we try to be outside, in nature? What can happen because of it? Without it?


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.
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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
PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT IN THIS CATEGORY IF YOUR SUBMISSION IS NOT A SHORT STORY FOR OUR ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY. THERE ARE SEPARATE CATEGORIES FOR SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS, FICTION, NON-FICTION, ETC. If you don't see them, check back later - it means we are not accepting submissions in that category presently due to a backlog of submissions.
We will contact you directly should we require more information. Generally we make a final decision on submissions in this category after submissions are closed. Please do not email us for updates. This is an extremely popular Anthology and we receive hundreds of submissions; only a couple dozen submissions will be chosen for the final publication, which will be released in the winter of 2022-2023.

Submissions will close on May 31, 2022 at midnight or when the submissions cap has been reached. We will contact each submitter with a decision prior to the publication of this collection. Thank you for your interest, and best wishes.

Please tell us the subject matter, working title, and a 250-word synopsis of your project. You may submit a draft manuscript or finished piece. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: 

If your document contains hyperlinks you will be asked to remove them if it is accepted for publication. For what should be obvious reasons, hyperlinks do not work in a print book, and most ebook retailers also do not allow them in ebooks they sell. Hyperlinks may be included as text only in reference sections, end notes, etc. If you are unfamiliar with how to correctly cite web sources, please check the current Chicago Manual of Style, which we prefer due to its simplicity.

We also will require end notes rather than footnotes due to their incompatibility with digital readers. We will not be able to format your book for print or ebooks until these changes are made. We will provide an index for nonfiction books where appropriate, but you will be asked to proof the index. 

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable in this category.

We will contact you within six months should we require more information. 

Generally we make a final 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.

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