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.
Submissions should be 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, 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 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]