Propertius Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions are closed for the time being while we catch up on our backlog. We anticipate re-opening Submissions portals on or before January 1, 2022. Please follow us on social media and our website for the freshest news about our books.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to reading your words soon.

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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. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING GENERAL FICTION FROM BIPOC WRITERS CURRENTLY, DUE TO A BACKLOG OF FICTION SUBMISSIONS OF ALL TYPES. DO NOT SUBMIT A FICTION PIECE IN ANOTHER CATEGORY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A BIPOC WRITER. 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 we are working on submissions for the 2022 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.

Propertius Press