Upcoming Submission Calls:

Learn about our 2020 anthology calls here. Submissions are open as of February 1, 2020.

Manuscript Submissions Policies and Guidelines

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 novels, novellas and novelettes focused on the crime (mystery/thriller/suspense), sci fi, fantasy, horror and YA genres; 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.

YA Novels: 60,000 to 90,000 words in length

Adult Novels: works 65,000 words in length or more

YA and Adult Novellas: works 20,000 to 60,000 words in length

YA and Adult Novelettes: works 7,500 to 17,500 words in length


Agented Submissions

Our editors are open to submissions from agents. Please email submissions.desk@bronzevillebooks.com to request contact information.

Unagented Submissions

At select times throughout the year 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.

The best way to find out when an open submission window is coming is to sign up for our newsletter.

We will consider up to two manuscript submissions per author at a time; please feel free to indicate in your query letter that you have additional completed projects. Please do note that it can be a risk to submit two manuscripts simultaneously. In the event there are technical writing issues that lead to a rejection you may not have the opportunity to revise and resubmit.



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

*Please note that every submission receives an automated reply. If we receive a response to the automated email indicating the automated email’s 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 submissions.desk@bronzevillebooks.com before submitting.

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

If we receive a query about submission status and determine that we have already issued an acceptance, revise/resubmit offer or a rejection, we will not reply to the status query.

See https://www.shunn.net/format/novel.html for formatting instructions. Our one note: do not underline text in your manuscript. If any text is intended to be in italics, put it in italics.


We are currently closed to unagented submissions of the following:

  • novellas (all genres)
  • novels (all genres)
  • graphic novels

Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Format

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

Manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format.

Use a standard font, such as Times New Roman or Courier.

Use 12 pt black text.

Document should be double spaced.

First paragraph indented 0.5" from the left margin, via the document settings, not using the tab key.

Single space after periods.

Query Letter

Your brief query letter should contain the manuscript pitch and an author bio. It should be in the body of the email.


Your manuscript and synopsis should be attached as .doc or .docx files: we will not read PDF or RTF files.

Do not send a submission as a reply to a general query or as a reply to a rejection. Each submission (including revise/resubmit submissions) should be in a new email.


Please follow all submission guidelines. We prioritize processing complete submissions. An incomplete submission, or sending us material that is sent in formats we will not review, can lead to a rejection.

Information about submitting mystery/crime/thriller manuscripts

Information about submitting YA, sci fi, fantasy & horror manuscripts

Information about submitting novellas

Information about submitting nonfiction

Information about submitting after a revise/resubmit invitations


Pro Tip

Before submitting to Bronzeville Books, consider referring to 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.



Questions? Email submissions.desk@bronzevillebooks.com

Please note: if the answer to a question is posted on our website at the time the email is received we may not reply.

Send all submissions to the email address indicated on the project submission information page unless you have been offered an editor's direct email address.