Book Submissions

Book Submission Status
Our reading period for the 2020 production year is closed. Our reading period for the 2021 production year will open in May 2020.

Before Submitting
We encourage you to check out our Mission Statement, Podcast and Videos, and Author Interviews pages before submitting. You should also order a book from our Publications page. They’re free for everyone!

Checking out what we do will give you an excellent idea of what kind of literature we publish.

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

FICTION

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

Novels
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.

NONFICTION

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.

Memoirs
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.

POETRY

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.

Formatting
Submit all manuscripts in a twelve-point, legible font with double-spaced leading. (Do not double-space poetry submissions.) Send all submissions attached as a Word document to xidraconissubmit@gmail.com. Include “book submission: title, genre” in the subject line.

For all manuscripts, please include, in the body of your email, a 250-word overview of the subject, theme, and (if applicable) plot of your submission. The overview is extremely important, so please don’t forget to include one.

Response times vary, though give us at least six months before you panic.

Cover Letters, Bios, and Query Letters
Don’t include any of these. Just send us your manuscript or artwork.

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 xidraconisbooks@gmail.com. Include “simultaneous submission” in the subject line.

Compensation
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.

Author Rights, Terms, and Conditions
Check these out here.

We look forward to seeing your work.