Submission Guidelines

Our open reading period for the 2019 production year has closed. Our open reading period for 2020 will begin in May 2019. Check back for updates on this front.

Before Submitting
We strongly encourage you to check out our Mission Statement, Books, Video Blog, and Author Interviews pages before submitting. Read excerpts from our publications or make a book request. This will give you an excellent idea of what kind of literature Xi Draconis publishes. If you’re not interested in reading a book that this press will send to you free of charge, then you probably shouldn’t submit.

We accept submissions in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We seek to publish one fiction title, one nonfiction title, and one poetry title each year. We also need three pieces of visual art, one for each book cover. 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.


We seek visual artwork for our book publications. Style and content of accepted works will vary greatly and will depend both on the editor’s and authors’ tastes.

If accepted, you will receive a contract similar to the example listed under “Compensation,” with the exception that your percentage of sales will be five percent. You will also receive one print copy of the book on which your artwork appears.

Submit all manuscripts 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 to Include “submission: title, genre” in the subject line.

Submit visual artwork as a jpg or png attachment with a resolution of at least 300ppi at 6″ x 9″ to Please include “submission: visual artwork” 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.

Xi Draconis Books is not publishing books to make money. Our ethos is that of the anarchist: we believe both the profit motive and the state should be abolished. (American libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism have nothing to do with real anarchism.) This is why we offer our books to readers free of charge. If your book is accepted, you will receive eight author copies and $100. We would like to offer more, but we can barely afford even this meager amount.

We look forward to seeing your work.