Submission guide


Deerbrook Editions  Submission guidelines

Reading of submissions is suspended until further notice

We look for work that is well crafted, experimental, fresh, inventive, traditional or nontraditional; readers want to be engaged, so provoke, cross thresholds.

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The reading of submissions is now suspended until further notice.


The reading period is August 1 to October 1. Any manuscript received outside of this reading period will not be considered.

Authors can send hard copy manuscripts printed on regular 8.5 x 11 paper. Please do not send your only copy as we will not return rejected manuscripts. Please enclose an SASE or postcard for acknowledgment of receipt. We recommend an organized collection of poems, essays, short stories or a novella of 40 to 70 pages. Most of our books are under 100 pages, including front and back matter. The smallest perfect bound trade paper book is approximately 45 pages. Manuscripts that exceed 100 pages will have to be exceptional, especially fiction and non fiction.

The manuscript should include publication credits (books, chapbooks, magazines, journals, anthologies, webzines, etc.) and any relevant biographical information. For fiction, a synopsis is helpful.

Please understand that our response time varies and can be as long as a year or more. Furthermore, once a manuscript is accepted, a publishing plan could also take up to a year. If we do offer you a contract, we will need a manuscript in Microsoft Word that has been edited, organized, and proofread. It should have a table of contents page (if necessary), a dedication, acknowledgments, reviews, blurbs, and a bio. Both poetry and prose should be flush left with no unneeded returns, except for paragraph or stanza breaks, and indented lines. Poetry should not be centered. Terms of agreement cannot be finalized until the manuscript is ready for design and press. Further editing or manuscript preparation at the design stage will slow down a publishing plan and incur costs to be charged to the author up front or against future royalties.