Submissions open in a limited number of categories as of January 6, 2022; there are submissions caps and when those are reached, the category will close. 

At this time, most categories' submission caps have been reached, and only a few categories remain open. They will also will close when the caps are reached, or on the end date if the cap is not reached.

Thank you so much for your interest in our small, independent, not-for-profit press. 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. (Not-for-profit = we are not a non-profit and we are not tax-exempt. We pay taxes and operate a little like a cooperative.)

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 Tumblr, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Submitted works should be in standard manuscript format (see William Shunn's excellent guide) and submitted in rtf, .odt, 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. Submissions should be carefully edited for spelling, grammar, and syntax.

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. Feel free to include links to your website and social media. 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). ALSO - please let us know if you decide to publish with someone else, or if you make other arrangements for publication, by withdrawing your submission.  This is a courtesy and is greatly appreciated.

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 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.

Presently we are scheduling works for the 2023-24 publication calendar, and later. Generally you should expect a window of 12 - 18 months after acceptance before your work would be published, and in certain cases, it can be longer. If you'd rather not wait, you may wish to publish elsewhere. This window does not include any time that you choose to take to materially rework a manuscript after it is accepted.

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. 

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 Tumblr, Instagram, LinkedIn, 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.

We are actively seeking submissions from Black, Minority, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color in the Historical Fiction category. 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 fill out the form completely. Your query should include the length of the piece, the theme, working title, and attach a 750- to 1500-word synopsis of your historical  fiction work.
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 three 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 November 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 fiction piece. 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.

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