Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to us.
We publish high-quality literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and short-story anthologies. We consider submissions in all genres, including action-adventure, urban contemporary, biography, memoir, high-quality romance and women’s literature, children’s stories, young adult, satire, mystery, historical fiction, thrillers, humor, philosophy, and educational works. We are especially interested in minority and ethnic works, including memoir, biography, essays, and other non-fiction, as well as fiction and children’s stories by black and other minority, cultural and ethnically diverse voices.
For the fastest response, all submissions should be submitted in one of the following forms:
We prefer using our Submittable platform, but we understand if this will not work for you. Do NOT send us published, including self-published, printed and bound books by mail. They will not be accepted. You may send us an unbound paper text manuscript printed from your computer or professionally typed and edited, but it will take us a bit longer to get to it if so.
Please ensure your work is carefully edited for spelling, grammar, and syntax (reliable advice is available, please use it!). 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, zombies, 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.
Similarly, we are not looking for overtly political work, unless it is an interesting treatise on anarchy, philosophically crafted, coupled with educational social commentary or touching on social justice themes. Those we really, really would like to read, so please do send them! Finally, we do not really need you to send us marketing materials, or a business plan telling us what a great investment you are, with your submission. We just want to read your carefully crafted piece. If it’s for us, that will be evident from the words.
Before you submit your work, ask this probing but very important question: will it age well?
Please bear in mind that we are a very small publisher, and work with less than two dozen serious contenders for publication per year. At the moment, less than 1% of all submissions received make it through the entire vetting process and result in a published piece. We’re looking for works that will tease the imagination, that are provocative but not flashy, that are interesting enough to find a place on the favorite shelves of our readers.
All this being said, if you believe in your work, but aren’t sure it will meet our (admittedly stringent) criteria, please submit it. Don’t be afraid to send us a good story that would benefit from the polishing skills of our editorial staff. We appreciate “good bones” in a work as much as a perfectly written piece crafted with an eye on market share. Perhaps even a bit more, to be honest… popular tastes do change, but a great story lasts for generations.
So send us your best work. We do review every submission.
We appreciate your interest in Propertius Press, and look forward to hearing from you.
We invite you to make your query through Submittable for the following categories:
Literary Fiction [20,000 to 50,000 words] [Over 50,000 words]
Short Story [under 10,000 words] [10,000 to 20,000 words]