BOOK-LENGTH MANUSCRIPTS OF FICTION, NON-FICTION, MEMOIR, POETRY CONSIDERED CONTINUOUSLY THROUGH THE YEAR
INDIVIDUALLY AUTHORED: We don't consider edited collections or book proposals.
SUBJECT AREAS: Books need to fall under one of the subject areas the press focuses on: Creative Acculturation; Pluralism in Families; Social and Psychological Resilience; Illness and Meaning; Creative Aging; Listening Across Faith Traditions; Social Justice and Inclusion.
Manuscripts are reviewed by the publishers and at least one member, sometimes several, of the Collective Editorial Advisory Board for literary quality, fit with the mission of the Press, and the potential impact of publication and participation in the Collective on the writer at this particular point in her or his life and career.
Authors will be interviewed by phone before a final selection is made. We encourage authors to write or call us prior to submission as well to get a preliminary sense of compatibility and synergy.
All authors will receive electronic acknowledgement of receipt. Authors will receive initial decision within one month of submission. We try to make final decisions within two months.
MANUSCRIPT LIMITS Novels, memoir, and creative non-fiction: 40,000 to 100,000 words (160-400 pp) Short story collections: 45,000-87,500 words (180-350 pp) Poetry: 60-150 pp (no chapbooks)
If you have a manuscript that does not fall within these limitsbut which you think is particularly suited for our press, query us.
Authors must submit:
1. Two photo-copies of their manuscript. Manuscripts will be returned only with SASE. 2. A resume with list of publications. Highlight any previously published work that is included in this manuscript. 3. Personal Statement See box below 4. Contact Information: Phone number, e-mail address
PERSONAL STATEMENT Entries need to be accompanied by a statement which answers the following questions:
1. How do you think your book could contribute to our social mission to deepen appreciation of the challenges and rewards of diversity, of Finding the We in Them, the Us in You? What kinds of social conversations do you hope it will catalyze? With whom?
2. What importance will publication of this book have for you at this point in your life and your career as a writer?
3. How do you think you might grow as a person and an artist as part of this creative publishing community?In your response, please demonstrate familiarity with at least one Collective publication in the genre in which you are submitting.
4. What existing publishing skills would you like to use, and what skills would you like to develop, during your time on the Collective Editorial Board?
5. If applying for a scholarship, explain level of economic need.