Submission Guidelines

We’re currently closed to submissions for the 2018 production year. Our open reading period for 2019 will begin in May. Check back for updates.

Before Submitting
Before sending us your manuscripts, we suggest that you check out the editor’s video blog, the author interviews, or that you purchase one of our books and give it a read. You’ll have a far better understanding of what the press publishes if you do so.

Submit all documents in twelve-point, Times New Roman font, with double-spaced leading. (Do not double-space poetry submissions.) Send all submissions attached as a Word document. Include the genre and title of your submission in the subject line. Response times vary, though give us at least six months before you panic.

Cover Letters, Bios, and Query Letters
We do not care what your publication history and credentials are up to this point. Do not include a cover letter or bio. Furthermore, because we wish to publish new writers, we want a streamlined submission process. For this reason, do not submit a query letter before submitting your work. Just send us the whole thing.

Simultaneous Submissions
We do accept simultaneous submissions. In fact, we think it’s crazy when a press doesn’t. If you’ve submitted work to us and it gets accepted elsewhere, congrats. Just send the editor an email at Include “simultaneous submission” in the subject line.

We accept submissions in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We seek to publish one title from each category per year. Please refer to our mission statement for the quality of work in which we are interested.


We accept novellas from 10,000 to 50,000 words in length. We do not accept shorter works of fiction.

We accept novels between 50,000 and 100,000 words in length. Longer works, though of interest to us, will take considerably longer to read and reply to.

Short Story Collections
We accept short story collections between 150 to 350 pages in length (as written in twelve-point, Times New Roman font, with double-spaced leading). We do not accept single stories or collections shorter than 150 pages.


Essay Collections
We accept essay collections of 150 to 350 pages in length (as written in twelve-point, Times New Roman font, with double-spaced leading). We do not accept single essays or collections shorter than 150 pages.

We accept memoirs up to 100,000 words in length.

Lyric Memoirs and Collections
We accept book-length works of nonfiction written in the lyric mode. Length may vary greatly.


Long-Form Poems
We accept long-form poems of at least sixty pages in length.

Poetry Collections
We accept poetry collections of at least fifty poems.

Xi Draconis Books is not publishing books to make money. Our ethos is that of the anarcho-socialist. We believe both the profit motive and the state should be abolished. As such, we offer our contributors author copies but no initial monetary compensation. If our direct costs are recouped (as defined in our author contract), then a portion of our net sales for each book will go to the individual contributors.