Please take the time to read through our submissions policies, guidelines and process. Our open calls appear below.

What we publish:

Our primary interest is in crime (mystery/thriller/suspense) sci fi, fantasy and horror; however, we love genre blends and champion works that infuse the best elements of genre. Whether you weave romance in with your mystery or have a sleuth who's a ghost, we're interested.

Length Requirements:

Children's: 500-1200 words
Young Adult: 50,000-90,000* words
Novellas: 35,000-40,000* words in length
NA/A Novels: 55,000-120,000* words

Short Stories: Typically 2,500-3,000 words

*works outside preferred length may be considered on a case by case basis

We accept simultaneous submissions from authors without representation; if you accept representation or accept a publishing contract elsewhere please do us the courtesy of emailing to withdraw your submission.

We will consider up to two submissions per author at a time; please feel free to indicate in your query letter that you have additional completed projects.

***Agents should query the acquisitions editor directly. Please email the submissions editor for contact information.


Bronzeville Books will not publish works that would be seen as promoting racism, discrimination, pedophilia, sexual abuse or animal abuse.

Bronzeville Books caps agent-free submissions at 200 per month. At such time, submissions will be closed until reopened. Until then, Bronzeville will not consider additional submissions. Applicants will either receive confirmation of their successful submission or notice that they must resubmit in a subsequent month through an automated email reply.

*Please note that if we receive a reply to the automated email that indicates the email’s automated delivery failed we will not review your submission and you will not be notified. Make sure that your email account is set up to receive automated replies from before submitting.

Bronzeville Books will not respond to queries about manuscripts until five months from the submission date has elapsed.

See for formatting instructions.

Bronzeville Bee

Bronzeville Bee is an online 'zine that publishes short fiction, reflections on books, writing and publishing insights, and arts, culture and entertainment articles.

Before submitting to Bronzeville Books, consider referring to Bronzeville Bee to gain insight into what the editorial team has to say about prologues, writing a synopsis, #OwnVoices, and more. Refer to reflections articles to gain further insight into the type of books that have impacted our editorial team.

Submission Guidelines

We will not review PDF documents or RTF documents. Please send .doc or .docx only.

For specific submission information for different manuscript categories, please refer to these links:

Guidelines for Anthology Submissions: Latinx Screams
Guidelines for Children's Picture Book submissions
Guidelines for Graphic Novel submissions
Guidelines for Novella submissions
Guidelines for NA and Adult Manuscript submissions
Guidelines for YA Manuscript submissions
Guidelines for Short Fiction Stories & Non-Fiction Article submissions
Non-fiction may be considered on a case by case basis.


Please follow all submission guidelines. We prioritize processing complete submissions.