Our open reading period for the 2019 production year runs from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018. Please submit your work during this date range.
Unfortunately, we have had to implement a modest submission fee of $3 to offset the many costs associated with publishing quality literature. This is not a decision the editor has made lightly. It is simply a necessity if the press is to keep operating. You can pay this submission fee using the payment button below. To waive this fee, you may purchase a book from our lineup. This includes eBooks. Making a purchase has the added benefit of giving you a solid idea of what the press publishes. Make sure to either pay the submission fee or make a purchase with the same name you use to submit your manuscript to us. If you do not, your submission will be deleted without being read. You may also check out the Author Interviews and the Xi Draconis Video Blog to get a sense of our tastes.
Pay this submission fee to submit your work to the press. Once you’ve paid, submit to the email address listed under “Formatting.”
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.
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.
We accept long-form poems of at least sixty pages in length.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com. Include “simultaneous submission” in the subject line.
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.
We look forward to seeing your work.